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tr.v. crimped, crimp·ing, crimps
1. To press or pinch into small regular folds or ridges: crimp a pie crust.
2. To bend or mold (leather) into shape.
3. To cause (hair) to form tight curls or waves.
4. To have a hampering or obstructive effect on: Supplies of foreign oil were crimped by the embargo.
1. The act of crimping.
2. Something made by or as if by crimping, as:
a. Hair that has been tightly curled or waved.
b. A series of curls, as of wool fibers.
c. A crease or bend.
3. An obstructing or hampering agent or force: Rising interest rates put a crimp in new home construction.
[Dutch or Low German krimpen, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German.]
A person who tricks or coerces others into service as sailors or soldiers.
tr.v. crimped, crimp·ing, crimps
To procure (sailors or soldiers) by trickery or coercion.
1. to fold or press into ridges
2. to fold and pinch together (something, such as the edges of two pieces of metal)
3. (Hairdressing & Grooming) to curl or wave (the hair) tightly, esp with curling tongs
4. (Cookery) to decorate (the edge of pastry) by pinching with the fingers to give a fluted effect
5. (Cookery) to gash (fish or meat) with a knife to make the flesh firmer and crisper when cooked
6. (Clothing & Fashion) to bend or mould (leather) into shape, as for shoes
7. (Metallurgy) metallurgy to bend the edges of (a metal plate) before forming into a cylinder
8. informal chiefly US to hinder
9. the act or result of folding or pressing together or into ridges
10. (Hairdressing & Grooming) a tight wave or curl in the hair
11. (Building) a crease or fold in a metal sheet
12. (Textiles) the natural wave of wool fibres
[Old English crympan; related to crump bent, Old Norse kreppa to contract, Old High German crumpf, Old Swedish crumb crooked; see cramp1]
(Military) (formerly) a person who swindled or pressganged men into naval or military service
to recruit by coercion or under false pretences
[C17: of unknown origin]
1. to press into small regular folds; make wavy.
2. to curl (hair), esp. with a curling iron.
3. to seal by pressing together.
4. to restrain or hinder.
5. to corrugate (sheet metal, cardboard, etc.).
6. to bend (leather) into shape.
7. to fold the edges of (sheet metal) to make a lock seam.n.
8. the act of crimping.
9. a crimped condition or form.
10. Usu., crimps. waves or curls, esp. in hair that has been crimped.
11. the waviness of a fiber, either natural, as in sheep wool, or produced by weaving, plaiting, or other processes.
12. a crease formed in sheet metal or plate metal to make the material less flexible or for fastening purposes.Idioms:
put a crimp in, to interfere with; hinder.
[1350–1400; Middle English crympen, Old English gecrympan to curl, derivative of crump crooked]
1. a person engaged in enlisting sailors, soldiers, etc., by persuasion, swindling, or coercion.v.t.
2. to enlist (sailors, soldiers, etc.) by such means.
[1630–40; perhaps crimp1]
Past participle: crimped
1. To gash or score meat with a knife.
2. To make a decorative border on a pie crust.
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|Noun||1.||crimp - an angular or rounded shape made by folding; "a fold in the napkin"; "a crease in his trousers"; "a plication on her blouse"; "a flexure of the colon"; "a bend of his elbow"|
pleat, plait - any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
|2.||crimp - someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers|
|3.||crimp - a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled|
pin curl - a curl of hair made by dampening a strand of hair and curling it and holding the curl with a clip or bobby pin
|Verb||1.||crimp - make ridges into by pinching together|
fold, fold up, turn up - bend or lay so that one part covers the other; "fold up the newspaper"; "turn up your collar"
flute - form flutes in
|2.||crimp - curl tightly; "crimp hair"|