Cripple

Definition of Cripple

Crip´ple   Pronunciation: krĭp´p'l
n.1.One who creeps, halts, or limps; one who has lost, or never had, the use of a limb or limbs; a lame person; hence, one who is partially disabled.
I am a cripple in my limbs; but what decays are in my mind, the reader must determine.
- Dryden.
1.Swampy or low wet ground, often covered with brush or with thickets; bog.
The flats or cripple land lying between high- and low-water lines, and over which the waters of the stream ordinarily come and go.
- Pennsylvania Law Reports.
2.A rocky shallow in a stream; - a lumberman's term.
a.1.Lame; halting.
v. t.1.To deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or foot; to lame.
[imp. & p. p. Crippled (-p'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Crippling (-pl?ng).]
He had crippled the joints of the noble child.
- Sir W. Scott.
2.To deprive of strength, activity, or capability for service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as, to be financially crippled.
More serious embarrassments . . . were crippling the energy of the settlement in the Bay.
- Palfrey.
An incumbrance which would permanently cripple the body politic.
- Macaulay.

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