Definitions for: Crimp


[n] a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled
[n] someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers
[n] 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"
[v] curl tightly, of hair
[v] make ridges into by pinching together



Webster (1913) Definition: Crimp (kr[i^]mp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crimped
(kr[i^]mt; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. Crimping.] [Akin to D.
krimpen to shrink, shrivel, Sw. krympa, Dan. krympe, and to
E. cramp. See Cramp.]
1. To fold or plait in regular undulation in such a way that
the material will retain the shape intended; to give a
wavy appearance to; as, to crimp the border of a cap; to
crimp a ruffle. Cf. Crisp.

The comely hostess in a crimped cap. --W. Irving.

2. To pinch and hold; to seize.

3. Hence, to entrap into the military or naval service; as,
to crimp seamen.

Coaxing and courting with intent to crimp him.
--Carlyle.

4. (Cookery) To cause to contract, or to render more crisp,
as the flesh of a fish, by gashing it, when living, with a
knife; as, to crimp skate, etc.

Crimping house, a low lodging house, into which men are
decoyed and plied with drink, to induce them to ship or
enlist as sailors or soldiers.

Crimping iron.
(a) An iron instrument for crimping and curling the hair.
(b) A crimping machine.

Crimping machine, a machine with fluted rollers or with
dies, for crimping ruffles leather, iron, etc.

Crimping pin, an instrument for crimping or puckering the
border of a lady's cap.


Crimp, a.
1. Easily crumbled; friable; brittle. [R.]

Now the fowler . . . treads the crimp earth. --J.
Philips.

2. Weak; inconsistent; contradictory. [R.]

The evidance is crimp; the witnesses swear backward
and forward, and contradict themselves. --Arbuthnot.


Crimp, n.
1. A coal broker. [Prov. Eng.] --De Foe.

2. One who decoys or entraps men into the military or naval
service. -- Marryat.

3. A keeper of a low lodging house where sailors and
emigrants are entrapped and fleeced.

4. Hair which has been crimped; -- usually in pl.

5. A game at cards. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

Boot crimp. See under Boot.


Crimp, v. t. (Firearms)
In cartridge making, to fold the edge of (a cartridge case)
inward so as to close the mouth partly and confine the
charge.

Synonyms: bend, crape, crease, crimper, flexure, fold, frizz, frizzle, kink, kink up, pinch, plication

See Also: abductor, angular shape, angularity, curl, curl, flute, fold, fold up, kidnapper, kink, kiss curl, lock, pin curl, plait, pleat, pucker, ringlet, ruck, snatcher, spit curl, turn up, twirl, twist, wave, whorl

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