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 for Cramp ring
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cramp \Cramp\ (kr[a^]mp), n. [OE. crampe, craumpe; akin to D. &
     Sw. kramp, Dan. krampe, G. krampf (whence F. crampe), Icel.
     krappr strait, narrow, and to E. crimp, crumple; cf. cram.
     See Grape.]
     1. That which confines or contracts; a restraint; a shackle;
        a hindrance.
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              A narrow fortune is a cramp to a great mind.
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              Crippling his pleasures with the cramp of fear.
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     2. (Masonry) A device, usually of iron bent at the ends, used
        to hold together blocks of stone, timbers, etc.; a cramp
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     3. (Carp.) A rectangular frame, with a tightening screw, used
        for compressing the joints of framework, etc.
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     4. A piece of wood having a curve corresponding to that of
        the upper part of the instep, on which the upper leather
        of a boot is stretched to give it the requisite shape.
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     5. (Med.) A spasmodic and painful involuntary contraction of
        a muscle or muscles, as of the leg.
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              The cramp, divers nights, gripeth him in his legs.
                                                    --Sir T. More.
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     6. (Med.) A paralysis of certain muscles due to excessive
        use; as, writer's cramp; milker's cramp, etc.
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     Cramp bone, the patella of a sheep; -- formerly used as a
        charm for the cramp. --Halliwell. "He could turn cramp
        bones into chess men." --Dickens.
     Cramp ring, a ring formerly supposed to have virtue in
        averting or curing cramp, as having been consecrated by
        one of the kings of England on Good Friday.
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