Definition of crimp in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Compress (something) into small folds or ridges.

    ‘she crimped the edge of the pie’
    • ‘These circular divots with their pre-measured portions and neatly crimped perimeter, are a godsend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Spoon a little of the pumpkin filling onto the centre of each round, fold in half and crimp the edges.’
    • ‘Fold the dough over to form a semi-circle, and crimp the edges to encompass the filling.’
    • ‘Trim away any excess and crimp the edges with your fingers so that the pie is well sealed.’
    • ‘The back end is crimped and folded, almost to the point of being concertina-ed.’
    • ‘Cover with the remaining pastry, sealing and crimping the edges.’
    • ‘Bring the top portion over the coconut to cover it and crimp the edges to seal with a fork.’
    • ‘Fold in half, and crimp the sides together, leaving the top open.’
    • ‘It is manufactured in an unexpanded form and may be crimped over the balloon and then expanded.’
    • ‘Fold dough over filling and crimp edges with a fork to seal.’
    • ‘The machine crimps paper to up to 6 1/2 inches wide.’
    • ‘No need to edge a pie dish or struggle with crimping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When ready to fill, have ready a fork for crimping and a bowl of water.’
    • ‘Place the single sheet of puff pastry over the pie plate and crimp the edges down with a fork.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From chalking, antiquing, crimping, trimming, inking, and even shadowing, her ideas are sure to inspire hours of stamping creativity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sonam slits one eye and instantly crimps it shut.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With this Antec unit, you can even crimp some extra included molex or SATA power connectors to the provided cables.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now crimp a 1.5-metre length of 275 lb wire to this.’
      • ‘The ferrules are soft enough to crimp down onto the cable, locking the cable in place.’
      • ‘There are two more molex and two more SATA power connectors you can crimp onto any of the cables.’
      • ‘Make sure you buy a good wire crimping tool with good quality crimps.’
      • ‘Then crimp using the right size cut-outs in the pliers so that the knot is firmly fixed.’
      • ‘Today it's possible to buy wire which can be knotted, or crimped.’
    2. 1.2often as adjective crimped Make waves in (someone's hair) with a curling iron.
      ‘crimped blond hair’
      • ‘We find a bench and watch a woman on the boardwalk pulling a pink brush through her long crimped hair.’
      • ‘Kristie is 5ft tall, of stocky build with crimped blonde hair in a pony tail.’
      • ‘She even crimped her hair once, and we went lurid green with envy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘New technology has created space-age irons that let you curl, crimp, bend, flip, spiral, straighten and create unique designs and shapes.’
      • ‘A couple of seats up is Nadine, her long blonde hair crimped and flowing down her back.’
      • ‘Her hair was short, blonde, crimped, she was shorter than I was, she had striking blue eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For special occasions, crimping your hair was the way to go to look elegant.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘No, I like it crimped,’ Tatiana said, smoothing her brown hair.’
      • ‘Read the latest hair trends that involve long hair, texture, crimping & waves.’
      • ‘They worked the waver down each section, from the roots to the ends, and alternated the direction to create an almost crimped look.’
      • ‘After my shower, I let my hair air dry, meaning it would be crimped, but I didn't care.’
      • ‘Tatiana was sitting behind me on the edge of the tub with her hair half crimped, looking at me with a critical eye.’
      • ‘Her fingers nimbly removed the stones and plait, leaving the auburn hair crimped.’
      • ‘Her hair was crimped and held back with a headband.’
      • ‘Her hair was crimped and fell down to her shoulders.’
      • ‘Her rich and thick black hair was tightly crimped.’
      curl, crinkle, kink, frizz, frizzle, coil, corkscrew, wave
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  • 2North American informal Have a limiting or adverse effect on (something)

    ‘farmers complain that the drought could crimp their income potential’
    • ‘Persistent deflation has crimped corporate earnings and worsened the government's deficit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite the near-term gains, Gartner warns that budgets remain crimped.’
    • ‘A rash of copycats, who now imitate the same trading tactics, will crimp his profit potential.’
    • ‘Analysts say that's crimping profits as it forces companies to cut 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.’
    • ‘But now that edge is disappearing, while higher energy costs will crimp growth around the world.’
    • ‘They said steps taken earlier this year to slow growth in key sectors crimped imports of raw materials and cut into international freight rates.’
    • ‘Hence, contracts for new Air Corps helicopters have been cancelled and plans to grow the overseas aid budget have been crimped.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A nation that crimps the diversity of its own news and comment, has a poor regard for its own rights and interests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Competition gives little scope to raise prices, crimping the profit from processing each barrel of oil into fuels.’
    • ‘Soaring pension costs and a shortage of labor threaten to severely crimp Finland's fast-paced gross domestic product growth, economists say.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Margins would continue to be crimped, however, due to increased competition.’
    • ‘Second, despite past Fed tightening, corporate interest rates are still attractive enough so as not to crimp borrowing.’
    • ‘Its sales potential has been crimped by the delays.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 1A curl, wave, or folded or compressed edge.

    ‘this cascade of delicate crimps depends on a perm’
    ‘the wool had too much crimp to be used in weaving’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her long hennaed hair was arranged in pre-Raphaelite crimps, and she wore quilted red trousers and a red satin blouse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you would like to add knots, crimps or braids, you may prefer hair that is not as soft.’
    • ‘Anyway, Hayley has pouffed her hair out into some ‘rock star’ curls and crimps, and she looks pretty lame.’
    • ‘The wool fibers have crimps or curls which create pockets and gives the wool a spongy feel and creates insulation for the wearer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With each soft shadow and sharp crimp exquisitely rendered, the act of painting serves to overwhelm the subject.’
    1. 1.1 A small connecting piece for crimping wires or lines together.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Check out your traces, clean and inspect the crimps.’
      • ‘There was no evidence of reduced bullet pull as is sometimes seen with moly-coated bullets, but a good crimp is still advisable.’
      • ‘I much prefer to make up a half dozen traces and crimp them using double barrelled crimps.’
      • ‘You'll need a selection of 15 lb, 25 lb, 60 lb and 100 lb wire, plus suitable crimps for the toothy critters.’
      • ‘The heavy crimp is a necessity with this powder for both ‘uniformity and velocity.’’
      • ‘In Wisconsin some of my muskie fisherman friends use a snap swivel which they attach to the wire with a crimp.’
      • ‘Measure up from the bait clip about 18-inches and crimp both crimps either side of the swivel into place.’
      • ‘Next working from the other end, slide a crimp up the line followed by the hook.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A good crimp also helps to promote consistent velocity.’
      • ‘The internal harnesses comprise unlabeled black wires terminated with crimp connectors at the bridge rectifiers and filter caps.’
      • ‘As with any magnum cartridge, a firm crimp is recommended.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now add a crimp, 2mm bead, size 10 swivel, another bead and a crimp.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bring the wire back through the crimp bead and flatten.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since we're normally using pretty fast burning powders we really don't need an aggressive crimp to promote good ignition.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tobacco also puts a crimp in your campaign against blood fats.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While the long days give you plenty of opportunity to roam, high prices can put a crimp in the ol’ travel budget.’


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.