• WordNet 3.6
    • v hamstring cripple by cutting the hamstring
    • v hamstring make ineffective or powerless "The teachers were hamstrung by the overly rigid schedules"
    • n hamstring one of the tendons at the back of the knee
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hamstring hăm"strĭng` (Anat) One of the great tendons situated in each side of the ham, or space back of the knee, and connected with the muscles of the back of the thigh.
    • v. t Hamstring To lame or disable by cutting the tendons of the ham or knee; to hough; hence, to cripple; to incapacitate; to disable. "So have they hamstrung the valor of the subject by seeking to effeminate us all at home."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hamstring In human anatomy, the tendon of a muscle which bounds the ham, or space behind the knee on either side above the middle of the popliteal space. The outer hamstring is single, and is the tendon of the biceps muscle; there are three inner hamstrings, the tendons of the semitendinosus, semimembranosus, and gracilis muscles, with which a fourth, that of the sartorius, may be reckoned. These muscles flex the leg upon the thigh, and, with the exception of the sartorius and gracilis, extend the thigh upon the trunk.
    • n hamstring In ordinary language, the great tendon or sinew at the back of the so-called knee or hock of the hind leg of a quadruped. It is the tendo Achillis, or tendon of the gastrocnemius muscle, corresponding to that at the back of the human ankle, and extends the foot or pes upon the leg or crus. See cut under horse.
    • hamstring To cut the hamstrings of, and thus lame or disable.
    • hamstring In whaling, to cut the muscle or tendons of the small of the whale, so as to render the flukes useless and make the animal helpless. It is done with the fluke-spade when a boat is hauled up alongside a running whale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hamstring ham′string the great tendon at the back of the knee or hock of the hind-leg of a quadruped
    • v.t Hamstring to lame by cutting the hamstring
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In literature:

Hamstring'd behind, unhappy Gyges died; Then Phalaris is added to his side.
"The Aeneid" by Virgil
Sinews taken from bulls' necks, or else stags' hamstrings, were commonly employed for the twists of the catapults.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
He could not reach the hamstring, as his horse could not gain the proper position.
"In the Heart of Africa" by Samuel White Baker
But the fallen prince would not so much as turn one glance from his parted hamstrings.
"The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable
For a second offence the penalty was to hamstring the fugitive and brand him on the other shoulder.
"The Journal of Negro History, Vol. I. Jan. 1916" by Various
He discovers further that he can hamstring certain obnoxious Acts, as Mr Walter Long hamstrung the Land Act, by the issue of Regulations.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
The boy then sprang forward, and raised a knife as if to hamstring the pony.
"Captured by the Navajos" by Charles A. Curtis
Palmus, with severed hamstring, next he sped, And rolled him helpless.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
The wolves were running with it, perhaps had been chasing it all night, and were snapping it its heels, trying to hamstring it.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
He's bound to ketch dat train ef it busts a hamstring.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice

In poetry:

But my hamstrings grow loose, and I shake, and I shake,
At the sight of the dreadful Old Man;
Yea, I quiver and quake, and I take, and I take,
To my legs with what vigor I can!
"The Old Man Of The Sea" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Eagles safety Nate Allen left the game in the fourth quarter with a right hamstring injury.
Shortly after the Steelers announced safety Troy Polamalu reinjured his calf, Pittsburgh reported that outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is questionable to return with a hamstring injury.
Woodley missed six games last season with a hamstring injury.
Hamstring strains can be prevented.
Unfortunately, many runners will suffer hamstring strains.
Saints WR Lance Moore sits for second straight day with hamstring injury.
Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi to miss Thursday's game against Ravens with hamstring injury.
In the video below, Phil Wharton explains the principles of active stretching, and demonstrates stretches for some key body parts, including the hamstrings .
Active Stretching Ups Hamstring Flexibility.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has a hamstring injury that could prevent him from playing next week at Indianapolis.
Gabbert injured his left hamstring in the first half against Houston.
Tight end Dustin Keller could not practice Thursday, a day after feeling some soreness in his injured hamstring .
Andy Reid revealed that DeSean Jackson will not practice Thursday afternoon because of a sore hamstring .
Reed not concerned with hamstring injury.
Royals' David Lough gets a look in center field, hurts hamstring .