Definitions for: Crisp

[n] a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat
[adj] brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"
[adj] (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] in small tight curls
[adj] pleasingly firm and fresh and making a crunching noise when chewed; "crisp carrot and celery sticks"; "a firm apple"; "crunchy lettuce"
[adj] pleasantly cold and invigorating; "crisp clear nights and frosty mornings"; "a nipping wind"; "a nippy fall day"; "snappy weather"; (`parky' is a British term)
[adj] tender and brittle; "crisp potato chips"
[v] make brown and crisp by heating; "toast bread"
[v] make wrinkles or creases into a smooth surface; "The dress got wrinkled"

Webster (1913) Definition: Crisp (kr?sp), a. [AS. crisp, fr. L. crispus; cf.
carpere to pluck, card (wool), and E. harvest. Cf. Crape.]
1. Curling in stiff curls or ringlets; as, crisp hair.

2. Curled with the ripple of the water. [Poetic]

You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks . .
. Leave jour crisp channels. --Shak.

3. Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short,
sharp fracture; as, crisp snow.

The cakes at tea ate short and crisp. --Goldsmith.

4. 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. --Leigh Hunt.

5. Lively; sparking; effervescing.

Your neat crisp claret. --Beau. & Fl.

6. Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.

The snug, small room, and the crisp fire. --Dickens.

Crisp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crisped (kr?spt); p. pr. &
vb. n. Crisping.] [L. crispare, fr. crispus. See Crisp.
a. ]
1. To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of
cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.

2. 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. --Drayton.

Along the crisped shades and bowers. --Milton.

The crisped brooks, Rolling on orient pearl and
sands of gold. --Milton.

3. To make crisp or brittle, as in cooking.

Crisping iron, an instrument by which hair or any textile
fabric is crisped.

Crisping pin, the simplest form of crisping iron. --Is.
iii. 22.

Crisp, v. i.
To undulate or ripple. Cf. Crisp, v. t.

To watch the crisping ripples on the beach. --Tennuson.

Crisp, n.
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.

Synonyms: chip, cold, concise, crease, crinkle, crispy, crunchy, curly, curt, distinct, firm, fresh, frizzly, frizzy, frosty, kinky, laconic, nappy, nipping, nippy, parky, potato chip, ruckle, Saratoga chip, scrunch, scrunch up, sharp, snappy, tender, terse, toast, wrinkle

See Also: cockle, crumple, fold, fold up, heat, heat up, knit, pucker, ruck, ruck up, rumple, snack food, turn up

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