Crimp meaning

krĭmp
The definition of a crimp is a limitation, or a pleat or fold.

The folded ridged edges of a pie crust are an example of a crimp.

A rainy day on the day of a picnic is an example of a crimp in the plan.

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Crimp is defined as squeezing into folds or waves, or to have a limiting impact.

When you use a special type of curling iron to make your hair wavy, this is an example of when you crimp your hair.

When you squeeze metal wires and bend them together, this is an example of when you crimp the wires.

When a parent shows up at his son's school dance looking very uncool, this is an example of when the parent crimps his son's style.

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To press or pinch into small regular folds or ridges.

Crimp a pie crust.

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To bend or mold (leather) into shape.
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To cause (hair) to form tight curls or waves.
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To have a hampering or obstructive effect on.

Supplies of foreign oil were crimped by the embargo.

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Something made by or as if by crimping, as:
  • Hair that has been tightly curled or waved.
  • A series of curls, as of wool fibers.
  • A crease or bend.
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An obstructing or hampering agent or force.

Rising interest rates put a crimp in new home construction.

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A person who tricks or coerces others into service as sailors or soldiers.
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To procure (sailors or soldiers) by trickery or coercion.
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To press into narrow, regular folds; pleat or corrugate.
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To make (hair, etc.) wavy or curly.
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To gash (the flesh of a fish, etc.) so as to make the muscles contract and stay firm in cooking.
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To mold or bend (leather for shoe uppers, etc.) into shape.
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To pinch together or fold the edge of (one part) tightly over another.
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To obstruct or hamper.
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The act of crimping.
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A crimped pleat, fold, or part.
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Crimped hair.
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Wavy condition; esp., the natural waviness of wool fiber.
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A person who got men by force or trickery to serve as sailors or soldiers.
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To trick or force (men) into service as sailors or soldiers.
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(obsolete) Easily crumbled; friable; brittle.
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(obsolete) Weak; inconsistent; contradictory.
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A fastener or a fastening method that secures parts by bending metal around a joint and squeezing it together, often with a tool that adds indentations to capture the parts.
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The act of crimping.
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put a crimp in
  • To obstruct; hinder.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of crimp

  • Dutch or Low German krimpen from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition