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cripple

CRIPPLE, n. [G.] A lame person; primarily, one who creeps, halts or limps; one who has lost, or never enjoyed the use of his limbs. Acts 14.

The word may signify one who is partially or totally disabled from using his limbs.

See the blind beggar dance, the cripple sing.

CRIPPLE, a. Lame.

CRIPPLE, v.t.

1. To lame; to deprive of the use of the limbs, particularly of the legs and feet.

2. To disable; to deprive of the power of exertion. We say, a fleet was crippled in the engagement.



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CRIPPLE, n. [G.] A lame person; primarily, one who creeps, halts or limps; one who has lost, or never enjoyed the use of his limbs. Acts 14.

The word may signify one who is partially or totally disabled from using his limbs.

See the blind beggar dance, the cripple sing.

CRIPPLE, a. Lame.

CRIPPLE, v.t.

1. To lame; to deprive of the use of the limbs, particularly of the legs and feet.

2. To disable; to deprive of the power of exertion. We say, a fleet was crippled in the engagement.

CRIP'PLE, a.

Lame. – Shak.


CRIP'PLE, n. [cri'pl; D. kreupel; G. krüppel; Dan. krypling, kröppel, and kröbling from kröb, a creeping aninal; Ice. crypen, to move crooked. It would seem that this is from the root of creep.]

A lame person; primarily, one who creeps, halts, or limps; one who has lost, or never enjoyed the use of his limbs. – Acts xiv. The word may signify one who is partially or totally disabled from using his limbs. See the blind beggar dance, the cripple sing. – Pope.


CRIP'PLE, v.t.

  1. To lame; to deprive of the use of the limbs, particularly of the legs and feet.
  2. To disable; to deprive of the power of exertion. We say, a fleet was crippled in the engagement.

Crip"ple
  1. One who creeps, halts, or limps; one who has lost, or never had, the use of a limb or limbs; a lame person; hence, one who is partially disabled.

    I am a cripple in my limbs; but what decays are in my mind, the reader must determine.
    Dryden.

  2. Lame; halting.

    [R.] "The cripple, tardy-gaited night." Shak.
  3. To deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or foot] to lame.

    He had crippled the joints of the noble child.
    Sir W. Scott.

  4. Swampy or low wet ground, often covered with brush or with thickets; bog.

    The flats or cripple land lying between high- and low-water lines, and over which the waters of the stream ordinarily come and go. Pennsylvania Law Reports.

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  5. To deprive of strength, activity, or capability for service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as, to be financially crippled.

    More serious embarrassments . . . were crippling the energy of the settlement in the Bay.
    Palfrey.

    An incumbrance which would permanently cripple the body politic.
    Macaulay.

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Cripple

CRIPPLE, noun [G.] A lame person; primarily, one who creeps, halts or limps; one who has lost, or never enjoyed the use of his limbs. Acts 14:8.

The word may signify one who is partially or totally disabled from using his limbs.

See the blind beggar dance, the cripple sing.

CRIPPLE, adjective Lame.

CRIPPLE, verb transitive

1. To lame; to deprive of the use of the limbs, particularly of the legs and feet.

2. To disable; to deprive of the power of exertion. We say, a fleet was crippled in the engagement.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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