• WordNet 3.6
    • adj crisp brief and to the point; effectively cut short; `yes'" "a crisp retort","a response so curt as to be almost rude","the laconic reply","short and terse and easy to understand"
    • adj crisp (of something seen or heard) clearly defined "a sharp photographic image","the sharp crack of a twig","the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"
    • adj crisp (of hair) in small tight curls
    • adj crisp pleasingly firm and fresh "crisp lettuce"
    • adj crisp pleasantly cold and invigorating "crisp clear nights and frosty mornings","a nipping wind","a nippy fall day","snappy weather"
    • adj crisp tender and brittle "crisp potato chips"
    • v crisp make brown and crisp by heating "toast bread","crisp potatoes"
    • v crisp make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in "The dress got wrinkled","crease the paper like this to make a crane"
    • n crisp a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sugar Bear (the mascot for Golden Crisps cereal) was born in 1963
    • Crisp Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively. "The snug, small room, and the crisp fire."
    • Crisp Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture; as, crisp snow. "The cakes at tea ate short and crisp ."
    • Crisp Curled with the ripple of the water. "You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks . . . Leave jour crisp channels."
    • Crisp Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair.
    • Crisp Lively; sparking; effervescing. "Your neat crisp claret."
    • Crisp Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition. "It [laurel] has been plucked nine months, and yet looks as hale and crisp as if it would last ninety years."
    • n Crisp That which is crisp or brittle; the state of being crisp or brittle; as, burned to a crisp ; specifically, the rind of roasted pork; crackling.
    • Crisp To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple. Cf. Crimp. "The lover with the myrtle sprays
      Adorns his crisped tresses."
      "Along the crisped shades and bowers.""The crisped brooks,
      Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold."
    • Crisp To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.
    • Crisp To make crisp or brittle, as in cooking.
    • v. i Crisp To undulate or ripple. Cf. Crisp v. t. "To watch the crisping ripples on the beach."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crisp Curled; crimpled; crimped; wrinkled; wavy; especially (of the hair), curling in small stiff or firm curls.
    • crisp In botany, curled and twisted: applied to a leaf when the border is much more dilated than the disk.
    • crisp Twisted; twisting; winding.
    • crisp Brittle; friable; breaking or crumbling into fragments of somewhat firm consistence.
    • crisp Possessing a certain degree of firmness and vigor; fresh; having a fresh appearance.
    • crisp Brisk; lively.
    • crisp Having a sharp, pleasantly acrid taste.
    • crisp Lively in expression; pithy; terse; sparkling.
    • crisp In entomology, same as crispate.
    • n crisp A material formerly used for veils, probably similar to crape; a veil.
    • n crisp Same as crespine. Planché.
    • crisp To curl; twist; contract or form into waves or ringlets, as the hair; wreathe or interweave, as the branches of trees.
    • crisp To wrinkle or curl into little undulations; crimp; ripple; corrugate; pucker: as, to crisp cloth.
    • crisp To form little curls or undulations; curl.
    • crisp To become friable; crackle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Crisp krisp curling closely: having a wavy surface: so dry as to be crumbled easily: brittle, or short, as 'crisp cakes,' &c.: fresh and bracing, as 'crisp air:' firm, the opposite of limp or flabby, as a 'crisp style' in writing
    • v.t Crisp to curl or twist: to make crisp or wavy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. crisp, fr. L. crispus,; cf. carpere, to pluck, card (wool), and E. harvest,. Cf. Crape


In literature:

Then she threw open the front and side windows of her corner room, and looked out on the bright, crisp, winter morning.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Its winters are warm with sunshine and cold with the crisp crackle of frost.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
It was a crisp clear evening, and I decided to walk.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
After a time there came again the crisp roll of wheels.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
They all followed this example, and the pile of crisp brown doughnuts dwindled with surprising rapidity.
"The Radio Boys at the Sending Station" by Allen Chapman
The snow was gone and the early December day was as crisp and beautiful as an Indian summer day in a colder climate.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
The new House elected a Georgian, Crisp, as Speaker, and the second half of Harrison's term passed quietly.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
And now you, too, Brutus, are about to lay the matter before me in a few crisp sentences.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
The crisp insistence had a decidedly familiar sound.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
This was Samuel Crisp, an old friend of her father.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

Over the ruin
See I the promise;
Crisp waves the cornfield,
Peace-walled, the homestead
Waits open-doored.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
"Blow not to my arms a flake
"Of crisp snow in maiden guise;
"Mists of pallid hair and tips
"Of long ice-spears in her eyes!
"Gisli: The Chieftain" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Here in the inmost of the master's heart
This violet crisp with early dew
Has come to leave her beauty and to part
With all her vivid hue.
"The Violet Pressed In A Copy Of Shakespeare" by Duncan Campbell Scott
What was it the parting lovers heard?
Nor leaf, nor ripple, nor wing of bird,
But a listener's stealthy tread
On the rock-moss, crisp and dead.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A languid atmosphere, a lazy breeze,
With labored respiration, moves the wheat
From distant reaches, till the golden seas
Break in crisp whispers at my feet.
"A Summer Afternoon" by James Whitcomb Riley
The summer hums. The afternoon fatigues;
she breathed her crisp white dress distractedly
and put into it that sharply etched etude
her impatience for a reality
"Piano Practice" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

When given new and worn bills to shop with, people tended to hold on to the crisp, clean ones longer.
Crisp, cool lawnmower beers are getting a makeover, pre-Prohibition style.
Pair with a simple green salad and a fantastic, crisp, Pinot Grigio.
It's winter in the Southern Hemisphere and the crisp, cool breezes off the huge estuary of the Rio de La Plata feel like Mark Twain's San Francisco in the summer.
On a sunny day in a dusty village, a girl of 8, dressed in a crisp, frilly dress and wearing ribbons in her hair, peers from the attic window of her grandmother's home onto a scene of torture.
Justin Verlander threw a fastball that caught a bit too much of the plate, allowing Oakland's Coco Crisp to lead off the game with a stunning home run.
Cheesy, twice-baked potatoes get salty crispness from bacon bits and warm spice from Spanish pimenton.
Crisp, fresh spring peas with their beautiful, light flavor create a delicate soup.
To thank him for the delicious fruit, this week we are preparing a very tasty peach crisp with peach ice cream and peach chips.
A's Crisp still plagued by pinkeye .
A's Crisp still plagued by pinkeye.
Because of their low moisture content, unripe plantains will crisp easily, so keep an eye on them.
I was on a conference call at home and with the heat, I had a hankering for a crisp, and slightly sweet glass of wine that I could twist back up and save for another time.
Pods should be crisp and shiny.
A crisp, complex sparkling wine from Napa Valley complements the intense flavors of this delicious asparagus dish.

In science:

Geurts, Forces and functions in scientific communication: an analysis of their interplay, in the Proceedings of the Cooperative Research Information Systems Physics (CRISP '97), (Oldenburg, Germany, 1997).
The Convergence of Digital-Libraries and the Peer-Review Process
This theorem can be reduced to a crisp geometric non-existence result of S cal > 0−islands which is the version we are going to prove later on.
The Higher Dimensional Positive Mass Theorem I
In the fuzzifier, crisp inputs are translated into linguistic values using a membership function to be used to the input linguistic variables. After fuzzification, the inference engine refers to the rule base containing fuzzy IFTHEN rules to derive the linguistic values.
Fuzzy Logic Based Method for Improving Text Summarization
In the last step, the output linguistic variables from the inference are converted to the final crisp values by the defuzzifier using membership function for representing the final sentence score.
Fuzzy Logic Based Method for Improving Text Summarization
In experiments, we find very crisp shocks for a reference value Aref ,shock = 0.9 together with Kmax = 2, but to be on the safe side we use Aref ,shock = 0.8 in the following tests.
Conservative, special-relativistic smoothed particle hydrodynamics