Definition of crimp in English:



  • 1Compress (something) into small folds or ridges.

    ‘she crimped the edge of the pie’
    • ‘Place the single sheet of puff pastry over the pie plate and crimp the edges down with a fork.’
    • ‘These circular divots with their pre-measured portions and neatly crimped perimeter, are a godsend.’
    • ‘Sonam slits one eye and instantly crimps it shut.’
    • ‘The back end is crimped and folded, almost to the point of being concertina-ed.’
    • ‘Trim away any excess and crimp the edges with your fingers so that the pie is well sealed.’
    • ‘Cover with the remaining pastry, sealing and crimping the edges.’
    • ‘Fold in half, and crimp the sides together, leaving the top open.’
    • ‘Better was the beef à l' orange, thin strips of meat fried in a batter that crimps them into irregular corkscrew shapes, cloaked by a sweet, sticky, soy sauce.’
    • ‘The machine crimps paper to up to 6 1/2 inches wide.’
    • ‘No need to edge a pie dish or struggle with crimping.’
    • ‘Fold the dough over to form a semi-circle, and crimp the edges to encompass the filling.’
    • ‘Spoon a little of the pumpkin filling onto the centre of each round, fold in half and crimp the edges.’
    • ‘When ready to fill, have ready a fork for crimping and a bowl of water.’
    • ‘Fold dough over filling and crimp edges with a fork to seal.’
    • ‘There were several times last year when I would crimp a band around a pelican's leg and it would close too tight and I would need assistance taking the band off and putting it on correctly.’
    • ‘It is manufactured in an unexpanded form and may be crimped over the balloon and then expanded.’
    • ‘Bring the top portion over the coconut to cover it and crimp the edges to seal with a fork.’
    • ‘From chalking, antiquing, crimping, trimming, inking, and even shadowing, her ideas are sure to inspire hours of stamping creativity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bovine jugular vein valve is sutured to the inner aspect of a large stent, which is crimped on to a balloon delivery system and then expanded into a valveless outflow conduit that has been surgically placed in the right ventricle.’
    flute, pleat, corrugate, ruffle, furrow, groove, ridge, crease, wrinkle, crinkle, crumple, pucker, gather
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    1. 1.1 Connect (a wire or cable) by squeezing the end or ends.
      ‘pliers will crimp wires together’
      • ‘There are two more molex and two more SATA power connectors you can crimp onto any of the cables.’
      • ‘Then crimp using the right size cut-outs in the pliers so that the knot is firmly fixed.’
      • ‘With this Antec unit, you can even crimp some extra included molex or SATA power connectors to the provided cables.’
      • ‘When crimping wire, use a crimp big enough to allow the wire to go through once, be doubled back, then doubled back a third time, then crimp hard using proper crimping pliers.’
      • ‘Now crimp a 1.5-metre length of 275 lb wire to this.’
      • ‘This is simply made by bringing the wire through the hooks eye twice and twisting the wire inside itself to form a loop then crimping the free tag end.’
      • ‘The ferrules are soft enough to crimp down onto the cable, locking the cable in place.’
      • ‘This needs crimping to the swivel and hook, though some commercial grades can be knotted if you soften the line in warm water before tying.’
      • ‘Today it's possible to buy wire which can be knotted, or crimped.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Make sure you buy a good wire crimping tool with good quality crimps.’
    2. 1.2often as adjective crimped Make waves in (someone's hair) with a hot iron.
      ‘crimped blonde hair’
      • ‘For special occasions, crimping your hair was the way to go to look elegant.’
      • ‘New technology has created space-age irons that let you curl, crimp, bend, flip, spiral, straighten and create unique designs and shapes.’
      • ‘I had my hair crimped and pushed back a little with my favorite white and black headband.’
      • ‘She was at the edge of the balcony in a baby blue satin dress and blonde crimped hair.’
      • ‘We find a bench and watch a woman on the boardwalk pulling a pink brush through her long crimped hair.’
      • ‘A couple of seats up is Nadine, her long blonde hair crimped and flowing down her back.’
      • ‘Her hair was crimped and fell down to her shoulders.’
      • ‘Her rich and thick black hair was tightly crimped.’
      • ‘She had crimped her dark hair earlier in the week; it was falling in waves around her face, almost obscuring the puppy-dog eyes she was making.’
      • ‘Her hair was short, blonde, crimped, she was shorter than I was, she had striking blue eyes.’
      • ‘Read the latest hair trends that involve long hair, texture, crimping & waves.’
      • ‘She even crimped her hair once, and we went lurid green with envy.’
      • ‘After my shower, I let my hair air dry, meaning it would be crimped, but I didn't care.’
      • ‘Kristie is 5ft tall, of stocky build with crimped blonde hair in a pony tail.’
      • ‘Her fingers nimbly removed the stones and plait, leaving the auburn hair crimped.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘No, I like it crimped,’ Tatiana said, smoothing her brown hair.’
      • ‘Her hair was crimped and held back with a headband.’
      • ‘Tatiana was sitting behind me on the edge of the tub with her hair half crimped, looking at me with a critical eye.’
      • ‘They worked the waver down each section, from the roots to the ends, and alternated the direction to create an almost crimped look.’
      curl, crinkle, kink, frizz, frizzle, coil, corkscrew, wave
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  • 2North American informal Have a limiting or adverse effect on (something)

    ‘his zeal about his career can crimp the rest of his life’
    • ‘Its sales potential has been crimped by the delays.’
    • ‘But now that edge is disappearing, while higher energy costs will crimp growth around the world.’
    • ‘Soaring pension costs and a shortage of labor threaten to severely crimp Finland's fast-paced gross domestic product growth, economists say.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Margins would continue to be crimped, however, due to increased competition.’
    • ‘A nation that crimps the diversity of its own news and comment, has a poor regard for its own rights and interests.’
    • ‘Second, despite past Fed tightening, corporate interest rates are still attractive enough so as not to crimp borrowing.’
    • ‘The expansion of Swire's support business for offshore oil exploration may help the conglomerate offset the impact of high oil prices that crimped earnings at its 46 per cent owned Cathay Pacific Airways.’
    • ‘The US dollar fell to an eight-month low against the euro and a six-month low against the Japanese yen on Monday as investors worried that high oil prices may crimp economic growth.’
    • ‘Many Irish companies have warned profits will be crimped as the rise in the euro makes it more expensive to sell goods to Britain and the US.’
    • ‘The local stock market has fallen more than 40 percent in the last year and falling interest rates have crimped yields on bonds, prompting insurers to look for other investments to meet premium payments.’
    • ‘The Big Three say that tougher mileage rules - particularly for SUVs - could cost each several billion dollars over the next few years and seriously crimp profits.’
    • ‘Persistent deflation has crimped corporate earnings and worsened the government's deficit.’
    • ‘A rash of copycats, who now imitate the same trading tactics, will crimp his profit potential.’
    • ‘Competition gives little scope to raise prices, crimping the profit from processing each barrel of oil into fuels.’
    • ‘Analysts say that's crimping profits as it forces companies to cut rates.’
    • ‘They said steps taken earlier this year to slow growth in key sectors crimped imports of raw materials and cut into international freight rates.’
    • ‘It's a real issue - our paper did a story on it a while back, how the lack of high-speed access crimps the ability of outstate companies to compete.’
    • ‘Hence, contracts for new Air Corps helicopters have been cancelled and plans to grow the overseas aid budget have been crimped.’
    • ‘Despite the near-term gains, Gartner warns that budgets remain crimped.’


  • 1A folded or compressed edge.

    • ‘Next, a hairdresser - camp of course - who threatens perms and crimps or whatever gawd-awful style he can muster, and a dentist who wants to remove all of her teeth, and replace them with Stanley knife blades.’
    • ‘The wool fibers have crimps or curls which create pockets and gives the wool a spongy feel and creates insulation for the wearer.’
    • ‘With each soft shadow and sharp crimp exquisitely rendered, the act of painting serves to overwhelm the subject.’
    • ‘If you would like to add knots, crimps or braids, you may prefer hair that is not as soft.’
    • ‘Her long hennaed hair was arranged in pre-Raphaelite crimps, and she wore quilted red trousers and a red satin blouse.’
    • ‘Anyway, Hayley has pouffed her hair out into some ‘rock star’ curls and crimps, and she looks pretty lame.’
    • ‘The guys busied themselves with a rather competitive game of pool while I took time to wash my face, reapply my makeup in much darker evening colors, and add a few random crimps and curls to my straight hair.’
    • ‘Wrinkles, crimps, ruffles, fine pleating and quilting are built into otherwise plain fabric structures.’
    • ‘The crimp might have been an inspired attempt to rescue a really bad hair day, but who will ever know.’
    1. 1.1 A small connecting piece for crimping wires or lines together.
      • ‘When the factories introduced the much easier to manufacture six- and eight-fold star crimps, advertising campaigns demonized the roll crimp and the overshot wad.’
      • ‘A good crimp also helps to promote consistent velocity.’
      • ‘The heavy crimp is a necessity with this powder for both ‘uniformity and velocity.’’
      • ‘You'll need a selection of 15 lb, 25 lb, 60 lb and 100 lb wire, plus suitable crimps for the toothy critters.’
      • ‘Measure up from the bait clip about 18-inches and crimp both crimps either side of the swivel into place.’
      • ‘As with any magnum cartridge, a firm crimp is recommended.’
      • ‘Snug the knot up until it is of a size which will allow the hook to swing freely, pass the tag end of line though the crimp and snug it down close to the knot.’
      • ‘Next working from the other end, slide a crimp up the line followed by the hook.’
      • ‘Bring the wire back through the crimp bead and flatten.’
      • ‘I prefer to use 2-ft of 100 lb mono, then tie in another swivel and crimp on 18-inches of 60 lb wire to the hook.’
      • ‘The internal harnesses comprise unlabeled black wires terminated with crimp connectors at the bridge rectifiers and filter caps.’
      • ‘I much prefer to make up a half dozen traces and crimp them using double barrelled crimps.’
      • ‘There was no evidence of reduced bullet pull as is sometimes seen with moly-coated bullets, but a good crimp is still advisable.’
      • ‘Check out your traces, clean and inspect the crimps.’
      • ‘Now add a crimp, 2mm bead, size 10 swivel, another bead and a crimp.’
      • ‘Now close the crimps to leave the swivel sat about 2-ins above the split ring.’
      • ‘With braid, crimps are replaced by telephone wire wrapped tightly around the braid.’
      • ‘Since we're normally using pretty fast burning powders we really don't need an aggressive crimp to promote good ignition.’
      • ‘For instance, a sturdy crimp on a lead alloy bullet may not make it shoot tighter groups, but it sure holds it in place while the rifle's action is being cycled.’
      • ‘In Wisconsin some of my muskie fisherman friends use a snap swivel which they attach to the wire with a crimp.’
  • 2North American informal A restriction or limitation.

    ‘the crimp on take-home pay has been even tighter since taxes were raised’


  • put a crimp in

    • informal Have an adverse effect on.

      ‘well, that puts a crimp in my theory’
      • ‘Hopefully the delay won't put a crimp in the supply.’
      • ‘Tobacco also puts a crimp in your campaign against blood fats.’
      • ‘California's energy shortage and the resulting strain on Washington's power supply are putting a crimp in dairy producers' already-small profit margins.’
      • ‘Williams' one worry is that budget politics may put a crimp in the market down the road, especially if there is a prolonged economic recession.’
      • ‘In addition to the modest increase in demand, higher freight costs could put a crimp in cement imports, which account for about one-fifth of the market.’
      • ‘See, I'm planning on taking her out to a very expensive café every afternoon after school to celebrate our relationship, so that would definitely put a crimp in my plans.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All in all, more than half of our contractors found that they had basically outgrown their trailer capacity before they'd planned to, putting a crimp in operations.’
      • ‘While the long days give you plenty of opportunity to roam, high prices can put a crimp in the ol’ travel budget.’
      • ‘By taking the proper precautions and teaching them to your child, you can prevent these uncomfortable skin infections from putting a crimp in your active child's lifestyle.’


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.