Crimp, a. 1.
Easily crumbled; friable; brittle. [R.]
Now the fowler . . . treads the crimp
2. Weak; inconsistent;
The evidence is crimp; the witnesses swear
backward and forward, and contradict themselves.
Crimp, n. 1. A
coal broker. [Prov. Eng.] De Foe.
2. One who decoys or entraps men into the
military or naval service. Marryat.
3. A keeper of a low lodging house where
sailors and emigrants are entrapped and fleeced.
4. Hair which has been crimped; --
usually in pl.
5. A game at cards. [Obs.] B.
Boot crimp. See under
Crimp, v. t. (Firearms) In
cartridge making, to fold the edge of (a cartridge case) inward so as
to close the mouth partly and confine the charge.
Crimp (krĭmp), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Crimped (krĭmt;
215); p. pr. & vb. n. Crimping.] [Akin
to D. krimpen to shrink, shrivel, Sw. krympa, Dan.
krympe, and to E. cramp. See Cramp.]
1. To fold or plait in regular undulation in
such a way that the material will retain the shape intended; to
give a wavy appearance to; as, to crimp the border of a
cap; to crimp a ruffle. Cf. Crisp.
The comely hostess in a crimped cap.
2. To pinch and hold; to seize.
3. Hence, to entrap into the military or
naval service; as, to crimp seamen.
Coaxing and courting with intent to crimp
4. (Cookery) To cause to contract,
or to render more crisp, as the flesh of a fish, by gashing it,
when living, with a knife; as, to crimp skate,
Crimping house, a low lodging house,
into which men are decoyed and plied with drink, to induce them
to ship or enlist as sailors or soldiers. --
Crimping iron. (a) An iron
instrument for crimping and curling the hair.
(b) A crimping machine. --
Crimping machine, a machine with fluted
rollers or with dies, for crimping ruffles, leather, iron,
etc. -- Crimping pin, an instrument
for crimping or puckering the border of a lady's cap.