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Meaning of crabbing

crab•bing

Pronunciation: (krab'ing), [key]
— n.
  1. the activity or occupation of fishing for crabs.
  2. a finishing process for reducing shrinkage and creasing of woolens and worsteds by stretching the fabric on a rotating cylinder and immersing in hot or, sometimes, cold water.
  3. the maneuver of heading partly into the wind to compensate for drift.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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