Crimping iron
Crimp Crimp (kr[i^]mp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crimped} (kr[i^]mt; 215); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crimping}.] [Akin to D. krimpen to shrink, shrivel, Sw. krympa, Dan. krympe, and to E. cramp. See {Cramp}.] 1. To fold or plait in regular undulation in such a way that the material will retain the shape intended; to give a wavy appearance to; as, to crimp the border of a cap; to crimp a ruffle. Cf. {Crisp}. [1913 Webster]

The comely hostess in a crimped cap. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

2. To pinch and hold; to seize. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, to entrap into the military or naval service; as, to crimp seamen. [1913 Webster]

Coaxing and courting with intent to crimp him. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

4. (Cookery) To cause to contract, or to render more crisp, as the flesh of a fish, by gashing it, when living, with a knife; as, to crimp skate, etc. [1913 Webster]

5. (Firearms) In cartridge making, to fold the edge of (a cartridge case) inward so as to close the mouth partly and confine the charge. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Crimping house}, a low lodging house, into which men are decoyed and plied with drink, to induce them to ship or enlist as sailors or soldiers.

{Crimping iron}. (a) An iron instrument for crimping and curling the hair. (b) A crimping machine.

{Crimping machine}, a machine with fluted rollers or with dies, for crimping ruffles, leather, iron, etc.

{Crimping pin}, an instrument for crimping or puckering the border of a lady's cap. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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