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CRAB (crabbed, crabbing)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Crab mean? 

CRAB (noun)
  The noun CRAB has 7 senses:

1. decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
2. a quarrelsome grouch
3. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
4. the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
5. the edible flesh of any of various crabs
6. infests the pubic region of the human body
7. a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply

  Familiarity information: CRAB used as a noun is common.


CRAB (verb)
  The verb CRAB has 4 senses:

1. direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
2. scurry sideways like a crab
3. fish for crab
4. complain

  Familiarity information: CRAB used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CRAB (noun)


Sense 1crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("crab" is a kind of...):

decapod; decapod crustacean (crustaceans characteristically having five pairs of locomotor appendages each joined to a segment of the thorax)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "crab"):

Alaska crab; Alaska king crab; Alaskan king crab; king crab; Paralithodes camtschatica (large edible crab of northern Pacific waters especially along the coasts of Alaska and Japan)

pea crab (tiny soft-bodied crab living commensally in the mantles of certain bivalve mollusks)

fiddler crab (burrowing crab of American coastal regions having one claw much enlarged in the male)

swimming crab (marine crab with some legs flattened and fringed for swimming)

Cancer borealis; Jonah crab (large red deep-water crab of the eastern coast of North America)

Cancer irroratus; rock crab (crab of eastern coast of North America)

Cancer magister; Dungeness crab (small edible crab of Pacific coast of North America)

soft-shell crab; soft-shelled crab (edible crab that has recently molted and not yet formed its new shell)

hard-shell crab (edible crab that has not recently molted and so has a hard shell)

Menippe mercenaria; stone crab (large edible crab of the southern coast of the United States (particularly Florida))

spider crab (any of numerous crabs with very long legs and small triangular bodies)

Holonyms ("crab" is a member of...):

Brachyura; suborder Brachyura (an order of crustaceans (including true crabs) having a reduced abdomen folded against the ventral surface)


Sense 2crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A quarrelsome grouch

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

crabby person; crab

Hypernyms ("crab" is a kind of...):

churl; crank; crosspatch; grouch; grump (a bad-tempered person)


Sense 3Crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Cancer; Crab

Hypernyms ("Crab" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Domain category:

astrology; star divination (a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon)


Sense 4Crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

Cancer the Crab; Cancer; Crab

Instance hypernyms:

house; mansion; planetary house; sign; sign of the zodiac; star sign ((astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided)


Sense 5crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The edible flesh of any of various crabs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

crabmeat; crab

Hypernyms ("crab" is a kind of...):

shellfish (meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "crab"):

Dungeness crab (small Pacific coast crab)

Alaska crab; Alaska king crab; Alaskan king crab; king crab (meat of large cold-water crab; mainly leg meat)

Japanese crab (crabmeat usually canned; from Japan)

soft-shell crab; soft-shelled crab (freshly molted crab with new shell still tender and flexible)

crab legs (legs of especially Alaska king crabs)

blue crab (Atlantic crab; most common source of fresh crabmeat)

stone crab (pale flesh with delicate texture and flavor; found in Florida but now very rare)

Holonyms ("crab" is a part of...):

crab cocktail (a cocktail of cold cooked crabmeat and a sauce)


Sense 6crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Infests the pubic region of the human body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

crab louse; Phthirius pubis; pubic louse; crab

Hypernyms ("crab" is a kind of...):

louse; sucking louse (wingless usually flattened bloodsucking insect parasitic on warm-blooded animals)

Holonyms ("crab" is a member of...):

genus Phthirius; genus Phthirus; Phthirius; Phthirus (true lice: crab lice)


Sense 7crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he caught a crab and lost the race

Hypernyms ("crab" is a kind of...):

row; rowing (the act of rowing as a sport)


CRAB (verb)


Sense 1crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "crab" is one way to...):

channelise; channelize; direct; guide; head; maneuver; manoeuver; manoeuvre; point; steer (direct the course; determine the direction of travelling)

Domain category:

air; air travel; aviation (travel via aircraft)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Scurry sideways like a crab

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "crab" is one way to...):

scamper; scurry; scuttle; skitter (to move about or proceed hurriedly)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 3crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fish for crab

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "crab" is one way to...):

fish (catch or try to catch fish or shellfish)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

In the summer they like to go out and crab


Sense 4crab [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Complain

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

beef; bellyache; gripe; squawk; grouse; holler; crab

Context example:

What was he hollering about?

Hypernyms (to "crab" is one way to...):

complain; kick; kvetch; plain; quetch; sound off (express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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