Definition of cramp in English:
1A painful, involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles, typically caused by fatigue or strain: he suffered severe cramps in his foot
More example sentences
- The runner suffers severe muscle pain and cramp as well as crippling abdominal discomfort.
- The etiology of nocturnal leg muscle cramps is not clear.
- For a number of years, quinine sulfate has been widely used for the treatment of nocturnal leg muscle cramps.
muscle/muscular spasm, pain, shooting pain, pang, stitch;
1.1 (cramps) North American Abdominal pain caused by menstruation.
- The last normal menstrual period, 7 years earlier, had lasted 6 days and was associated with abdominal cramps and pain.
- Ibuprofen is helpful for menstrual cramps and pain from inflammation (such as muscle sprains).
- The same remedies that work for menstrual cramps also lessen the pain of endometriosis.
2.1 (also cramp-iron) A metal bar with bent ends for holding masonry together.
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1 [with object] Restrict or inhibit the development of: tighter rules will cramp economic growth
More example sentences
- The racial prejudice against non-Fijians inhibited and cramped the growth and practice of Sikhism.
- If you get up early enough, you can probably travel at least 300 miles per day but don't cramp yourself with time limits.
- The problems with the current law have cramped the growth of aquaculture for many years.
3 [no object] Suffer from sudden and painful contractions of a muscle or muscles.
- Her hand had such low muscle tone that it cramped painfully as she tried to control the pencil when she wrote.
- The first day back, my quadricep muscle was cramping.
- There are a number of possible reasons for muscles to cramp up.
cramp someone's style
- informal Prevent a person from acting freely or naturally.Example sentences
- He said it cramps his style of getting really big bucks from Fat Cats.
- The truth has not cramped their style in the past and is unlikely to do so during the current confirmation hearings.
- A coalition government and a secular constitution have cramped their style.
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