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CRAMP

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cramp mean? 

CRAMP (noun)
  The noun CRAMP has 3 senses:

1. a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
2. a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued
3. a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together

  Familiarity information: CRAMP used as a noun is uncommon.


CRAMP (verb)
  The verb CRAMP has 2 senses:

1. secure with a cramp
2. prevent the progress or free movement of

  Familiarity information: CRAMP used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CRAMP (noun)


Sense 1cramp [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A painful and involuntary muscular contraction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

spasm; muscle spasm; cramp

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

symptom ((medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease)

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

charley horse; charley-horse (a muscular cramp (especially in the thigh or calf) following vigorous exercise)

graphospasm; writer's cramp (muscular spasms of thumb and forefinger while writing with a pen or pencil)

blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelid muscle resulting in closure of the eye)

crick; kink; rick; wrick (a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back ('rick' and 'wrick' are British))

myoclonus (a clonic spasm of a muscle or muscle group)

opisthotonos (severe spasm in which the back arches and the head bends back and heels flex toward the back)

twitch; twitching; vellication (a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition)

tenesmus (painful spasm of the anal sphincter along with an urgent desire to defecate without the significant production of feces; associated with irritable bowel syndrome)

trismus (prolonged spasm of the jaw muscles)


Sense 2cramp [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

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

clamp; clinch (a device (generally used by carpenters) that holds things firmly together)


Sense 3cramp [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

cramp iron; cramp

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

slip; strip (artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material)


CRAMP (verb)


Sense 1cramp [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Secure with a cramp

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

cramp the wood

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

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2cramp [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent the progress or free movement of

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

hamper; cramp; halter; strangle

Context examples:

He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather / the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries

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

bound; confine; limit; restrain; restrict; throttle; trammel (place limits on (extent or access))

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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