cramp


cramp
I
[[t]kræmp[/t]]
n.
1) pat Often, cramps
a) pat an involuntary, usu. painful contraction or spasm of a muscle or muscles
b) pat a painful contraction of involuntary muscle in the wall of the abdomen, uterus, or other organ
3) pat to affect with or as if with a cramp
Etymology: 1325–75; ME crampe < OF < Gmc; cf. OS krampo, OHG krampfo cramp II
cramp
[[t]kræmp[/t]] n.
1) bui a metal bar with bent ends for holding together building stones or for fastening them to a steel or concrete beam
2) bui a portable frame or tool with a movable part that can be screwed up to hold things together; clamp
3) anything that confines or restrains
4) a cramped state or part
5) to fasten or hold with a cramp
6) to restrict or hamper
7) aum to steer (the wheels of a vehicle) in order to make a turn
Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME crampe < MD: hook. See cramp I

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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