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crisp

[krisp] /krɪsp/
adjective, crisper, crispest.
1.
(especially of food) hard but easily breakable; brittle:
crisp toast.
2.
(especially of food) firm and fresh; not soft or wilted:
a crisp leaf of lettuce.
3.
brisk; sharp; clear; decided:
a crisp reply.
4.
lively; pithy; sparkling:
crisp repartee.
5.
clean-cut, neat, and well-pressed; well-groomed.
6.
bracing; invigorating:
crisp air.
7.
crinkled, wrinkled, or rippled, as skin or water.
8.
in small, stiff, or firm curls; curly.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
9.
to make or become crisp.
10.
to curl.
noun
11.
Chiefly British, potato chip.
12.
a dessert of fruit, as apples or apricots, baked with a crunchy mixture, usually of bread crumbs, chopped nutmeats, butter, and brown sugar.
Origin of crisp
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English < Latin crispus curled
Related forms
crisply, adverb
crispness, noun
Synonyms
6. brisk, fresh, nippy.
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Examples from the Web for crispness
Historical Examples
  • At the same time, the apples retain their original and individual flavor, color, and crispness.

    The Apple Various
  • Marston spoke with the crispness of a man who had settled the matter.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • He came out joyously into the freshness and crispness of the early morning.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
  • The man took it, felt its crispness and stowed it away in a secure pocket.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • I lingered over them, admiring their clear type, their fragrance, their crispness.

  • Her voice had for ever lost its crispness, and she spoke with a slovenly tongue.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • If wrapped in a napkin, or piled up, it quickly becomes damp and loses its crispness.

    The Century Cook Book Mary Ronald
  • The night was very still and touched with a hint of crispness.

  • And yet it preserves each cusp and angle of the most elaborate pattern with the crispness and the sharpness of a crystal.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Will Turk's voice came in the crispness of clipped syllables.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for crispness

crisp

/krɪsp/
adjective
1.
dry and brittle
2.
fresh and firm: crisp lettuce
3.
invigorating or bracing: a crisp breeze
4.
clear; sharp: crisp reasoning
5.
lively or stimulating: crisp conversation
6.
clean and orderly; neat: a crisp appearance
7.
concise and pithy; terse: a crisp reply
8.
wrinkled or curly: crisp hair
verb
9.
to make or become crisp
noun
10.
(Brit) a very thin slice of potato fried and eaten cold as a snack
11.
something that is crisp
Derived Forms
crisply, adverb
crispness, noun
Word Origin
Old English, from Latin crispus curled, uneven, wrinkled
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Word Origin and History for crispness

crisp

adj.

Old English crisp "curly," from Latin crispus "curled, wrinkled, having curly hair," from PIE root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend." It began to mean "brittle" 1520s, for obscure reasons, perhaps based on what happens to flat things when they are cooked. Figurative sense of "neat, brisk" is from 1814; perhaps a separate word. As a noun, from late 14c. Potato crisps (the British version of U.S. potato chips) is from 1929.

v.

late 14c., "to curl," from crisp (adj.). Meaning "to become brittle" is from 1805. Related: Crisped; crisping.

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CRISP

1.
Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects
2.
Consortium Research on Indicators of System Performance
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