|1.||a painful involuntary contraction of a muscle, typically caused by overexertion, heat, or chill|
|2.||temporary partial paralysis of a muscle group: writer's cramp|
|3.||(usually plural in the US and Canada) severe abdominal pain|
|4.||(tr) to affect with or as if with a cramp|
|[C14: from Old French crampe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German krampho]|
|1.||Also called: cramp iron a strip of metal with its ends bent at right angles, used to bind masonry|
|2.||a device for holding pieces of wood while they are glued; clamp|
|3.||something that confines or restricts|
|4.||a confined state or position|
|5.||to secure or hold with a cramp|
|6.||to confine, hamper, or restrict|
|7.||informal cramp someone's style to prevent a person from using his abilities or acting freely and confidently|
|[C15: from Middle Dutch crampe cramp, hook, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German khramph bent; see |
A sudden, involuntary, spasmodic muscular contraction causing severe pain, often occurring in the leg or shoulder as the result of strain or chill.
A temporary partial paralysis of habitually or excessively used muscles.
cramps Spasmodic contractions of the uterus, such as those occurring during menstruation or labor, usually causing pain in the abdomen that may radiate to the lower back and thighs.