- 1Compress (something) into small folds or ridges: she crimped the edge of the pieMore example sentences
- The back end is crimped and folded, almost to the point of being concertina-ed.
- Spoon a little of the pumpkin filling onto the centre of each round, fold in half and crimp the edges.
- Place 2tbsp filling on each pastry round, add a pinch of butter, sprinkle with a little flour, lightly brush the edges with beaten egg and bring the edges together at the top or at the side, pinching or crimping them firmly to seal.
- 1.1Connect (a wire or cable) by squeezing the end or ends.More example sentences
- Next, take the other end of the wire, crimp a connector on it, and attach it to a wiring block a few inches away, as shown in Figure 8-6.
- Now crimp a 1.5-metre length of 275 lb wire to this.
- There are two more molex and two more SATA power connectors you can crimp onto any of the cables.
- 1.2 (often as adjective crimped) Make waves in (someone’s hair) with a curling iron: crimped blond hairMore example sentences
- A couple of seats up is Nadine, her long blonde hair crimped and flowing down her back.
- Read the latest hair trends that involve long hair, texture, crimping & waves.
- Their hair was in big waves, crimped and curled after what I imagined was the collective effort of painful rollers, hot irons, and all-night slumber parties.
- 2North American • informal Have a limiting or adverse effect on (something): farmers complain that the drought could crimp their income potentialMore example sentences
- A rash of copycats, who now imitate the same trading tactics, will crimp his profit potential.
- Its sales potential has been crimped by the delays.
- BRITISH AIRWAYS, Europe's biggest airline, will accelerate job reductions and cut flights to trim costs as the war in Iraq crimps demand for air travel.
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- 1A curl, wave, or folded or compressed edge: this cascade of delicate crimps depends on a perm the wool had too much crimp to be used in weavingMore example sentences
- Anyway, Hayley has pouffed her hair out into some ‘rock star’ curls and crimps, and she looks pretty lame.
- The wool fibers have crimps or curls which create pockets and gives the wool a spongy feel and creates insulation for the wearer.
- Wrinkles, crimps, ruffles, fine pleating and quilting are built into otherwise plain fabric structures.
- 1.1A small connecting piece for crimping wires or lines together.More example sentences
- Next working from the other end, slide a crimp up the line followed by the hook.
- In Wisconsin some of my muskie fisherman friends use a snap swivel which they attach to the wire with a crimp.
- You'll need a selection of 15 lb, 25 lb, 60 lb and 100 lb wire, plus suitable crimps for the toothy critters.
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- North American • informal Have an adverse effect on: well, that puts a crimp in my theoryMore example sentences
- While the long days give you plenty of opportunity to roam, high prices can put a crimp in the ol’ travel budget.
- Charging for online reading would surely put a crimp in political blogging since so much of what we do feeds off of stories in the press.
- California's energy shortage and the resulting strain on Washington's power supply are putting a crimp in dairy producers' already-small profit margins.
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- A versatile hand-held paper crimper gives a professional look to paper projects ranging from greeting cards to napkin rings, Christmas tree ornaments to gift wrap.
- In last night's sensational storyline, crimper Maxine, was brutally murdered and her blood-spattered husband Ashley was arrested as a prime suspect.
- Pedro, another great crimper, expressed astonishment that I'd done such a thing, but thought I was lucky it had turned out OK.
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- Her chin length white blond hair, crimpy as genetics ‘blessed’ us, was pushed to her shoulders, and she looked exactly like I did at that age.
- His bamboo cane held over his shoulder, made him look extra spiffy, as his hair was finally out of those beaded braids, and hung down crimpy.
- I put my hair up in a sporty, yet spunky and crimpy ponytail.
Old English gecrympan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krimpen 'shrink, wrinkle'. Of rare occurrence before the 18th century, the word was perhaps reintroduced from Low German or Dutch.