- a sudden, involuntary, spasmodic contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, especially of the extremities, sometimes with severe pain.
- a piercing pain in the abdomen.
- an intermittent, painful contraction of structures of a wall containing involuntary muscle, as in biliary colic or in the uterine contractions of menstruation or of labor.
verb (used with object)
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Definition for cramp (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM crampcramp·ing·ly, adverb
Example sentences from the Web for cramp
This setup worked well for our family of three but would be cramped with four, as one of the kids would have to sleep down below with the parents.Sprinter vs. Teardrop Trailer: What's Best for Camping?|Will Taylor|November 28, 2020|Outside Online
Of course, you don’t want something that is going to weigh you down or make your neck cramp up and that is pretty easy to avoid.
Then there’s the headaches, cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.How The Contraceptive Pill Could Help Female Athletes Stay Cool|LGBTQ-Editor|November 21, 2020|No Straight News
The keyboard itself is a full-sized input device, so it’s ready to handle actual work tasks without cramping your fingers together into a small space.The $70 Raspberry Pi 400 is a computer crammed into a keyboard|Stan Horaczek|November 4, 2020|Popular Science
He also needs two different medications for Type 2 diabetes, including insulin at $300 a bottle, a blood pressure drug and a muscle relaxer to relieve leg cramps.A $200 debit card won’t put a dent in seniors’ drug costs|lbelanger225|October 30, 2020|Fortune
The cramping muscle should be carefully stretched and massaged to relieve pain.
After cramping up, James likely received immediate access to world-class medical attention.
They expected about 15 people, but blamed Friday-night traffic in the sprawling city for cramping the size.At Bars Nationwide, Conservatives Raise a Glass to Andrew Breitbart|Ben Jacobs, Laura Isensee|March 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Angie is cramping, which she expected, but gushes to me that she loved the nurses.
A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic.The Devil's Dictionary|Ambrose Bierce
That night I was attacked with cramping colic and suffered fearfully.Memoirs of John R. Young|John Young
This other thing of living on a smaller scale is the cramping effect of sin.Quiet Talks with World Winners|S. D. Gordon
The lack of servants was becoming one of the most cramping problems of the prairie town.Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
Deadening, cramping finality has lost its charm for him who has tasted of the ripe fruit of the tree of knowledge.A Century of Science and Other Essays|John Fiske