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Definition of "cramp" [cramp]

  • A sudden, involuntary, spasmodic muscular contraction causing severe pain, often occurring in the leg or shoulder as the result of strain or chill. (noun)
  • A temporary partial paralysis of habitually or excessively used muscles. (noun)
  • Spasmodic contractions of the uterus, such as those occurring during menstruation or labor, usually causing pain in the abdomen that may radiate to the lower back and thighs. (noun)
  • To affect with or as if with a cramp. (verb-transitive)
  • To suffer from or experience cramps. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cramp" in a sentence
  • "KING: But the term cramp you hear it all the time right?"
  • "It briefly appeared the efforts would be for naught last night when Youkilis left in the fourth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with what he described as a cramp in his right ankle capsule."
  • "Speaking of things that make your brain cramp, let's say you were to join a Second Life roleplay group with the following charter:"