Crutches
Crutch Crutch (kr[u^]ch; 224), n.; pl. {Crutches} (-[e^]z). [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G. kr["u]cke, Dan. krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See {Crook}, and cf. {Cricket} a low stool.] 1. A staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be placed under the arm or shoulder, to support the lame or infirm in walking. [1913 Webster]

I'll lean upon one crutch, and fight with the other. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Rhyme is a crutch that lifts the weak alone. --H. Smith. [1913 Webster]

2. A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider. [1913 Webster]

3. (Naut.) (a) A knee, or piece of knee timber. (b) A forked stanchion or post; a crotch. See {Crotch}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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