Pronunciation: (krimp),[key] —v.t. 1. to press into small regular folds; make wavy.
2. to curl (hair), esp. with the use of a curling iron.
3. to press or draw together, as the ends of something.
4. to check, restrain, or inhibit; hinder: Production was crimped by a shortage of workers. 5. Cookery. a. to pinch and press down the edges of (a pie crust), esp. to seal together the top and bottom layers of pastry.
b. to gash (the flesh of a live fish or of one just killed) with a knife to make more crisp when cooked.
6. to produce a corrugated surface in; corrugate, as sheet metal, cardboard, etc.
7. to bend (leather) into shape.
8. Metalworking. a. to bend the edges of (skelp) before forming into a tube.
b. to fold the edges of (sheet metal) to make a lock seam.
—n. 1. the act of crimping.
2. a crimped condition or form.
3. Usually, crimps. waves or curls, esp. in hair that has been crimped or that displays a crimped pattern.
4. the waviness of wool fibers as naturally grown on sheep.
5. the waviness imparted to natural or synthetic fibers by weaving, knitting, plaiting, or other processes.
6. a crease formed in sheet metal or plate metal to make the material less flexible or for fastening purposes.
7. put a crimp in, to interfere with; hinder: His broken leg put a crimp in their vacation plans.
Pronunciation: (krimp),[key] —n. a person engaged in enlisting sailors, soldiers, etc., by persuasion, swindling, or coercion.
—v.t. to enlist (sailors, soldiers, etc.) by such means.