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Meaning of cramp

cramp

Pronunciation: (kramp), [key]
— n.
  1. Often,
    1. a sudden, involuntary, spasmodic contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, esp. of the extremities, sometimes with severe pain.
    2. a piercing pain in the abdomen.
    3. an intermittent, painful contraction of structures of a wall containing involuntary muscle, as in biliary colic or in the uterine contractions of menstruation or of labor.
  2. See
—v.t.
  1. to affect with or as if with a cramp.

cramp

Pronunciation: (kramp), [key]
— n.
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  2. a portable frame or tool with a movable part that can be screwed up to hold things together; clamp.
  3. anything that confines or restrains.
  4. a cramped state or part.
—v.t.
  1. to fasten or hold with a cramp.
  2. to confine narrowly; restrict; restrain; hamper.
  3. to turn (the front wheels of a motor vehicle) by means of the steering gear; steer.
  4. to prevent one from showing one's best abilities.
—adj.
  1. cramped.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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