Definition of cramp in English:

cramp

noun

  • 1mass noun Painful involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles, typically caused by fatigue or strain.

    ‘an attack of cramp’
    count noun ‘he suffered severe cramps in his foot’
    • ‘For a number of years, quinine sulfate has been widely used for the treatment of nocturnal leg muscle cramps.’
    • ‘After 5 hours of cycling, Matteo had terrible hunger cramps and was forced to stop.’
    • ‘In most cases, the cramp occurs as a result of repetitive exercise.’
    • ‘Rena walked towards it, fumbling on the way due to cramps in her thigh muscles.’
    • ‘However, it is symmetric, so left-handed folks will still be able to use it without getting muscle cramps.’
    • ‘She had abdominal cramps and shooting pelvic pain.’
    • ‘I rub her back, rock back and forth, murmur soothing nothings against her hair until the cramp subsides.’
    • ‘The etiology of nocturnal leg muscle cramps is not clear.’
    • ‘Finally, carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream and the cramps partially subside.’
    • ‘In one scene, for example, Paul gets painful stomach cramps.’
    • ‘She opened and closed her hands to relieve the cramp that was building in them.’
    • ‘While some pain or achiness is normal, severe abdominal pain or cramps could be a sign of a serious problem.’
    • ‘Abdominal pain or cramps, diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting are the common symptoms of gastrointestinal infections.’
    • ‘The runner suffers severe muscle pain and cramp as well as crippling abdominal discomfort.’
    • ‘Pantothenic acid lack causes fatigue, headaches, nausea, abdominal pain tingling, cramps and susceptibility to lung infections.’
    • ‘Symptoms of infection can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the problem only proved to be cramp in both calves.’
    • ‘Heat exhaustion may have been complicated in Radcliffe's case by heat cramp.’
    • ‘Cramps often occur when an athlete is dehydrated.’
    • ‘Last season she complained that she was getting stomach cramps on game days due to her fears.’
    muscle spasm, muscular spasm, muscle contraction, muscular contraction, pang, twinge
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    1. 1.1crampsNorth American Abdominal pain caused by menstruation.
      • ‘‘There were many times when I felt faint at matches because of menstrual cramps,’ Susan says.’
      • ‘My last appointment of the week was a new patient presenting with menstrual cramps.’
      • ‘Naprelan is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve mild to moderate pain and menstrual cramps.’
      • ‘Ibuprofen is helpful for menstrual cramps and pain from inflammation (such as muscle sprains).’
      • ‘For some, contractions may seem like strong menstrual cramps.’
      • ‘Conditions that benefit from acupuncture include neck pain, menstrual cramps, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome and kidney stones.’
      • ‘Then of course there are full-on menstrual cramps.’
      • ‘The last normal menstrual period, 7 years earlier, had lasted 6 days and was associated with abdominal cramps and pain.’
      • ‘Doctors prescribe birth control pills for contraception and to relieve menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome.’
      • ‘Often caused by a hormonal imbalance, menstrual cramps are common in teenagers and young women.’
      • ‘Several studies show that kava kava may help reduce anxiety and induce sleep, as well as reduce menstrual cramps.’
      • ‘Be it menstrual cramps or back pain, arthritis or migraine, acupuncturists claim to fix it all.’
      • ‘Perhaps someone was using them to relieve arthritis pain, a headache or painful menstrual cramps.’
      • ‘Orgasms help alleviate menstrual cramps.’
      • ‘Such hormones are often prescribed for painful menstrual cramps and ovarian cysts, among other problems.’
      • ‘During your period, you may have cramps or pain in your stomach or back.’
      • ‘Many girls also experience abdominal cramps during the first few days of their periods.’
      • ‘Take 1 teaspoon of the liquid extract every hour until your cramps subside.’
      • ‘This essential oil is often used for female complaints, such as PMS, menstrual cramps and menopause.’
      • ‘The same remedies that work for menstrual cramps also lessen the pain of endometriosis.’
  • 2A tool, typically shaped like a capital G, for clamping two objects together for gluing or other work.

    • ‘Clamping dovetails is not easy but I have found that it is possible to glue them up without cramps at all.’
    1. 2.1 A metal bar with bent ends for holding masonry together.
      ‘the facade is built of travertine blocks without mortar but held by metal cramps’

verb

  • 1with object Inhibit the development of.

    ‘tighter rules will cramp economic growth’
    • ‘You guys are cramping my play so please back off.’
    • ‘But truth be told, even the guys who'd been explicitly invited were cramping the all-girl scene.’
    • ‘Tradition not only cramps the human spirit, it can be bad for the economy.’
    • ‘In favouring the obdurate option, United cramped Celtic for room and impressively limited their effectiveness.’
    • ‘But too much centralisation cramps the very leadership qualities that are desperately required to modernise the NHS.’
    • ‘The racial prejudice against non-Fijians inhibited and cramped the growth and practice of Sikhism.’
    • ‘The problems with the current law have cramped the growth of aquaculture for many years.’
    • ‘The overall effect is handsome without cramping the action.’
    • ‘If you get up early enough, you can probably travel at least 300 miles per day but don't cramp yourself with time limits.’
    • ‘Namely bowling round the wicket, restricting his opportunities to drive through extra cover and generally cramping him for room.’
    • ‘Among the many legit reasons for doing so, I realized that I'd pretty much convinced myself being with him cramped my creativity.’
    • ‘War hardens hearts, eats the economy, and cramps political liberty.’
    • ‘The ubiquitous pyramid is poorly used, cramping the main action in an unlit area upstage.’
    • ‘He never did anything, just sitting there day after day, always waiting for me and cramping my life.’
    hinder, impede, inhibit, hamper, constrain, hamstring, obstruct, block, thwart, slow, check, arrest, curb, bridle, shackle, encumber, retard, handicap, tie, interfere with
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  • 2with object Fasten with a cramp or cramps.

    ‘cramp the gates to the posts’
  • 3no object Suffer from sudden and painful contractions of a muscle or muscles.

    ‘in the final game, Chang cramped severely’
    • ‘Her hand had such low muscle tone that it cramped painfully as she tried to control the pencil when she wrote.’
    • ‘I groaned in pure bliss, feeling the countless muscles that cramped when I slept in the Shadow Hall start to relax.’
    • ‘A chronic condition characterized by abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea and constipation.’
    • ‘She didn't even try to protest as all her muscles cramped up.’
    • ‘I had had no water or food all day and my stomach was cramping almost unbearably.’
    • ‘Lactose intolerance can cause bloating, cramping, diarrhea and excess gas.’
    • ‘Our muscles cramped because we didn't move much.’
    • ‘She'd been holding this thing within her for so long her muscles were cramping.’
    • ‘Every muscle in her legs were cramping and her mind was dulled with sleep.’
    • ‘Her stomach was cramping but she knew it would be too early to have the baby.’
    • ‘The first day back, my quadricep muscle was cramping.’
    • ‘Several times the man collapsed, though he rose again and kept scrambling, his muscles cramping and his old joints creaking.’
    • ‘And muscles cramping up while flying could be deadly.’
    • ‘Why do our legs cramp up as we're waking up?’
    • ‘I've been sitting in this position for a good 2 1/2 hours and my muscles are starting to cramp up.’
    • ‘Heart muscle may cramp when it needs more oxygen because of exertion, emotion, or exposure to cold.’
    • ‘There are a number of possible reasons for muscles to cramp up.’
    • ‘Her moves became automatic, her muscles cramped into the same movements over and over again.’
    • ‘What if his muscles started to cramp due to a lack of warm-up exercise?’
    • ‘"I was losing 10 seconds every mile because my stomach was cramping.’

Phrases

  • cramp someone's style

    • informal Prevent a person from acting freely or naturally.

      ‘he's not putting any pressure on me that would cramp my style’
      • ‘The truth has not cramped their style in the past and is unlikely to do so during the current confirmation hearings.’
      • ‘I prefer action stories; dull conferences can cramp my style.’
      • ‘People stand on your toes, nudge towards the front and just cramp your style underneath the arches.’
      • ‘The peg did not appear to have cramped his style on the dance floor, or with the ladies.’
      • ‘He's also partially-sighted, but hasn't let that cramp his style.’
      • ‘At least we know this parenthood gig isn't going to cramp our style.’
      • ‘A coalition government and a secular constitution have cramped their style.’
      • ‘He said it cramps his style of getting really big bucks from Fat Cats.’
      • ‘Never, ever go clubbing with friends: they'll only cramp your style.’
      • ‘I got sick during the world champs which cramped my style, but I didn't shame myself.’
      restrict, restrain, limit, constrain, confine, cramp
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch krampe; sense 1 of the noun is via Old French crampe.

Pronunciation

cramp

/kramp/