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

  Cramp \Cramp\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cramped (kr[a^]mt; 215); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Cramping.]
     1. To compress; to restrain from free action; to confine and
        contract; to hinder.
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              The mind my be as much cramped by too much knowledge
              as by ignorance.                      --Layard.
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     2. To fasten or hold with, or as with, a cramp.
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     3. Hence, to bind together; to unite.
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              The . . . fabric of universal justic is well cramped
              and bolted together in all its parts. --Burke.
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     4. To form on a cramp; as, to cramp boot legs.
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     5. To afflict with cramp.
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              When the gout cramps my joints.       --Ford.
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     To cramp the wheels of wagon, to turn the front wheels out
        of line with the hind wheels, so that one of them shall be
        against the body of the wagon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cramp \Cramp\, a. [See Cramp, n.]
     Knotty; difficult. [R.]
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           Care being taken not to add any of the cramp reasons
           for this opinion.                        --Coleridge.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a painful and involuntary muscular contraction [syn:
           spasm, cramp, muscle spasm]
      2: a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are
      3: a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold
         masonry together [syn: cramp, cramp iron]
      v 1: secure with a cramp; "cramp the wood"
      2: prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in
         his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation
         wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small
         countries" [syn: hamper, halter, cramp, strangle]
      3: affect with or as if with a cramp
      4: suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  362 Moby Thesaurus words for "cramp":
     Jacksonian epilepsy, Rolandic epilepsy, abate, abbreviate,
     abdominal epilepsy, access, ache, aching, acquired epilepsy,
     activated epilepsy, acute pain, affect epilepsy, affix,
     akinetic epilepsy, anchor, angustifoliate, angustirostrate,
     angustisellate, angustiseptal, annex, apoplexy, arrest,
     arrestation, arrestment, attach, attack, attenuate,
     autonomic epilepsy, belay, beyond one, bite, blockage, blocking,
     blow, blunt, bollix, boring pain, bottle up, box, box in, box up,
     burden, cabin, cardiac epilepsy, casket, cement, charley horse,
     check, cinch, circumscribe, circumscribed, circumscription, clamp,
     clinch, clogging, cloister, clonic spasm, clonus, close,
     close-fitting, closet, closing up, closure, coarct, coffin,
     compact, complex, compress, concentrate, condense, confine,
     confined, confinement, consolidate, constipation, constraint,
     constrict, constricted, constriction, constringe, contract,
     convulsion, cortical epilepsy, crab, crabbed, cramped, cramping,
     cramps, crib, crick, crimp, cripple, crowded, cumber,
     cursive epilepsy, curtail, cut, damp, dampen, darting pain, deaden,
     debilitate, decrease, delay, detainment, detention, devitalize,
     difficult, distress, diurnal epilepsy, dolor, draw, draw in,
     draw together, dull, eclampsia, embarrass, encase, encumber,
     enervate, enfeeble, engraft, enmesh, ensnarl, entangle, entoil,
     entomb, entrammel, entrap, entwine, epilepsia, epilepsia gravior,
     epilepsia major, epilepsia minor, epilepsia mitior,
     epilepsia nutans, epilepsia tarda, epilepsy, epitasis, eviscerate,
     exhaust, extenuate, falling sickness, fasten, fetter, fit, fix,
     fixation, focal epilepsy, foot-dragging, foul up, frenzy,
     fulgurant pain, garbled, girdle pain, gnawing, graft, grand mal,
     grapple, grief, grip, griping, gruel, gum, gum up, hamper,
     hampering, hamstring, handicap, hard, hard to understand,
     haute mal, hem, hem in, hindering, hindrance, hitch, hobble,
     holdback, holdup, hurt, hysterical epilepsy, ictus, immure, impede,
     impediment, incapacious, incommodious, inhibition, injury,
     interference, interruption, intricate, involve, isthmian, isthmic,
     jumbled, jumping pain, keep from spreading, keep within bounds,
     kink, knit, knotty, lame, lancinating pain, larval epilepsy,
     laryngeal epilepsy, laryngospasm, latent epilepsy, lay low, lesion,
     let, lime, limit, limitation, limited, localize, lockjaw, louse up,
     lumber, make fast, matutinal epilepsy, meager, menstrual epilepsy,
     mitigate, moor, musicogenic epilepsy, myoclonous epilepsy, narrow,
     nasty blow, near, negativism, net, nip, nocturnal epilepsy,
     nuisance value, obfuscated, obscure, obscured, obstruction,
     obstructionism, occlusion, opposition, orgasm, overtechnical, pain,
     pang, paroxysm, passion, perplexed, petit mal,
     physiologic epilepsy, pinch, press down, prick, psychic epilepsy,
     psychomotor epilepsy, pucker, pucker up, purse, put to,
     qualification, qualify, queer, rattle, reduce, reflex epilepsy,
     repression, resistance, restraint, restrict, restricted,
     restriction, retardation, retardment, rotatoria, saddle with, sap,
     scant, scanty, screw up, secure, seizure, sensory epilepsy,
     serial epilepsy, set, set to, setback, sexual climax, shackle,
     shake, shake up, sharp pain, shock, shoot, shooting, shooting pain,
     shorten, slender, snafu, snarl, soften up, solidify, sore,
     sore spot, spasm, squeeze, stab, stabbing pain, stint, stitch,
     stoppage, strait, straiten, strangle, stranglehold, strangulate,
     stress, stress of life, stricture, stroke, stultification,
     suffering, suppression, tangle, tardy epilepsy, tender spot,
     tetanus, tetany, thrill, throes, thromboembolism, thrombosis,
     tight, tighten, toil, tonic epilepsy, tonic spasm, tormen,
     torsion spasm, tough, trammel, traumatic epilepsy, trice up, trim,
     trismus, tweak, twinge, twitch, ucinate epilepsy, unbrace,
     undermine, unman, unnerve, unstrengthen, unstring, visitation,
     weaken, weigh down, wound, wrench, wrinkle

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