crimp

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verb (1)

crimped; crimping; crimps

transitive verb

1
: to cause to become wavy, bent, or pinched: such as
a
: to form (leather) into a desired shape
b
: to give (synthetic fibers) a curl or wave like that of natural fibers
c
: to pinch or press together (something, such as the margins of a pie crust) in order to seal
2
: to be an inhibiting or restraining influence on : cramp
sales had been crimped by credit controlsTime
crimper noun

crimp

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noun (1)

1
: something produced by or as if by crimping: such as
a
: a section of hair artificially waved or curled
b
: a succession of waves (as in wool fiber)
c
: a bend or crease formed in something
2
: something that cramps or inhibits : restraint, curb

crimp

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noun (2)

: a person who entraps or forces men into shipping as sailors or into enlisting in an army or navy

crimp

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verb (2)

crimped; crimping; crimps

transitive verb

: to trap into military or sea service : impress

Examples of crimp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The owners of Mansion Society in Hawthorne recounted the incident — which put a serious crimp in their ability to serve their regular customers on a busy holiday — in an Instagram post. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 Roll out too thin of a skin or pinch an imperfect crimp and the broth will leak through. Clarissa Wei, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 If they weren’t anchored by some kind of crimp or curl, the base was bone-straight, preferably with a deep side part that swooped across the forehead to create curved bangs. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 1 Aug. 2023 The texture looked as if someone added several hundred small crimps to the length of her hair. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 6 July 2023 Massive structural changes in the nature of TV and movie production, and the Writers Guild of America’s successful campaign to wipe out packaging fees has also put a crimp on agency bottom lines. Joe Otterson, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 For example, with a hydraulic crimping tool that crimps big industrial electrical lugs, the user may want to retrieve all the information to determine whether those crimps were performed correctly. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Aug. 2021 Slide the crimp ring onto each pipe and insert the barb fitting. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 25 June 2021 That puts a real crimp in my ability to prototype circuit ideas. IEEE Spectrum, 25 Dec. 2013
Verb
Trim and crimp crust, then bake: Trim Piecrust, leaving about 1 inch around edges; reserve dough scraps. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 31 Dec. 2023 The round, crustless frozen sandwiches that are crimped around the edges to seal the various types of filings have become somewhat iconic, Marshall says. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 7 Dec. 2023 Kan Kuang-Ming, head chef of Din Tai Fung Taiwan, is at the center, head down, shoulders scrunched up, crimping dumplings. Clarissa Wei, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2023 And while those payments crimped Spotify’s profits, and the company has lately struggled to sell stock investors on a convincing growth story, Spotify is also not about to go bust. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 2 Jan. 2024 On Monday, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem told lawmakers higher rates are working to crimp consumption, adding weaker output in the coming quarters would help put downward pressure on inflation. Wsj Pro, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2023 And that idea, in turn, suggested that Russian elites would react explosively to sanctions that crimped their bank accounts. Sam Greene, Foreign Affairs, 22 Sep. 2023 Place over chicken mixture; crimp edges, pressing against sides of baking dish. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 5 Dec. 2023 Trim or tuck any excess under, then crimp edges to seal. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Dutch or Low German krimpen to shrivel; akin to Middle Dutch crampe hook, cramp

Noun (2)

perhaps from crimp entry 1

First Known Use

Verb (1)

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1718, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crimp was in 1712

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Cite this Entry

“Crimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crimp. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

crimp

1 of 2 verb
1
: to make wavy or bent
2
: to pinch or press together
crimp the edges of a pie crust

crimp

2 of 2 noun
1
: something produced by or as if by crimping
2
: something that holds back

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