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CRAMP, noun

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.]