1. Spasm; the contraction of a limb, or some muscle of the body, attended with pain, and sometimes with convulsions, or numbness.
2. Restraint; confinement; that which hinders from motion or expansion.
A narrow fortune is a cramp to a great mind.
3. A piece of iron bent at the ends, serving to hold together pieces of timber, stones, etc.; a cramp-iron.
CRAMP, verb transitive
1. To pain or affect with spasms.
2. To confine; to restrain; to hinder from action or expansion; as, to cramp the exertions of a nation; to cramp the genius.
3. To fasten, confine or hold with a cramp or cramp-iron.
CRAMP, adjective Difficult; knotty. [Little Used.]