cramp iron definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A bar, usually of iron, with right-angle bends at both ends, used for permanently holding together stones, timber, and other materials used in building.
Variant of cramp
- a sudden, painful, involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles from chill, strain, etc.
- partial local paralysis, as from excessive use of muscles
- abdominal or uterine spasms and pain
Origin: Middle English crampe ; from Old French bent, twisted ; from Frankish an unverified form kramp; akin to Middle Dutch and amp; Middle Low German krampe: for Indo-European base see cradle
to cause a cramp or cramps in: often in the passive