to press into small regular folds; make wavy.
to curl (hair), especially with the use of a curling iron.
to press or draw together, as the ends of something.
to check, restrain, or inhibit; hinder: Production was crimped by a shortage of workers.
to pinch and press down the edges of (a pie crust), especially to seal together the top and bottom layers of pastry.
to gash (the flesh of a live fish or of one just killed) with a knife to make more crisp when cooked.
to produce a corrugated surface in; corrugate, as sheet metal, cardboard, etc.
to bend (leather) into shape.
to bend the edges of (skelp) before forming into a tube.
to fold the edges of (sheet metal) to make a lock seam.
the act of crimping.
a crimped condition or form.
Usually crimps. waves or curls, especially in hair that has been crimped or that displays a crimped pattern.
the waviness of wool fibers as naturally grown on sheep.
the waviness imparted to natural or synthetic fibers by weaving, knitting, plaiting, or other processes.
a crease formed in sheet metal or plate metal to make the material less flexible or for fastening purposes.
Idioms about crimp
- crimper, noun
Other definitions for crimp (2 of 2)
a person engaged in enlisting sailors, soldiers, etc., by persuasion, swindling, or coercion.
to enlist (sailors, soldiers, etc.) by such means.
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How to use crimp in a sentence
It was already in the midst of an energy crisis before the recent crippling heat wave put a further crimp on supplies.Think the US Fed has a tough job? The ECB’s Lagarde has it worse | Nate DiCamillo | July 21, 2022 | Quartz
But, at the same time as BuzzFeed was further building up its commerce business — including by acquiring Complex Networks — its commerce revenue growth slowed in the second half of the year as supply chain challenges put a crimp in the business.Media Briefing: How the media business did — and didn’t — change in 2021 | Tim Peterson | December 23, 2021 | Digiday
Number two is that immigration constraints have put a crimp on access to labor.Can the Future of Food Be Sustainable in a Rapidly Growing World? Cargill’s CEO Says They’re Investing in It | Eben Shapiro | August 15, 2021 | Time
Fold over the edges and crimp, then trim any remaining excess.
That would put a real crimp in the dating seminars of a man who actively encourages abusive behavior toward women.
It might also put a bit of a crimp in the economies of states like New York and Delaware.
The lockout may not put a crimp in the day of the typical sports fan.Cancellation of NHL Games Has Negative Economic Impact | Miranda Green | December 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hydraulic fracking is helping put a crimp on Russian Oligarchs, extending even to the Kremlin.Hydraulic Fracking's Putting the Screws to Vladimir and Friends | Justin Green | September 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Whether or not Black Hood's unexpected appearance at that meeting had put a crimp in those plans, he did not know.
On this particular summer afternoon Cove City was less out of crimp than usual.Mr. Opp | Alice Hegan Rice
Ruth was always keyed up about something—delighted, and Cy was always "putting a crimp" in things.Fidelity | Susan Glaspell
Some of the men thought we ought to be vindictive and take every opportunity to put a crimp in the business for the owners.The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis
They say he give a screech that'd put a crimp in the devil himself, and went galloping off, jumping about twenty feet at a lick.The Happy Family | Bertha Muzzy Bower
British Dictionary definitions for crimp (1 of 2)
to fold or press into ridges
to fold and pinch together (something, such as the edges of two pieces of metal)
to curl or wave (the hair) tightly, esp with curling tongs
to decorate (the edge of pastry) by pinching with the fingers to give a fluted effect
to gash (fish or meat) with a knife to make the flesh firmer and crisper when cooked
to bend or mould (leather) into shape, as for shoes
metallurgy to bend the edges of (a metal plate) before forming into a cylinder
informal, mainly US to hinder
the act or result of folding or pressing together or into ridges
a tight wave or curl in the hair
a crease or fold in a metal sheet
the natural wave of wool fibres
- crimper, noun
- crimpy, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for crimp (2 of 2)
(formerly) a person who swindled or pressganged men into naval or military service
to recruit by coercion or under false pretences
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