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  1. the act of curling or state of being curled
  2. any slight muscular spasm or contraction that gives a creeping sensation
  3. a slight undulation, such as a ripple on the surface of water
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Related Words for crispation

coil, spiral, quirk, kink, wave, twist, whorl, swirl, flourish, crimp, frizz, curlicue, crispation

Examples from the Web for crispation

Historical Examples of crispation

  • Accordingly he had a "crispation of nerves," which obliged him to take a large cut-glass decanter and hit her on the head with it.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2

    George Saintsbury

  • And to-day have been in a crispation of energy and ill-temper, raking my wretched mail together.

  • A crispation of interest passed over the congregation; every chin was raised.

    The Imperialist

    (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan

crispation in Medicine


  1. A slight involuntary muscular contraction, often producing a crawling sensation of the skin.
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