cramp cramp  /ˈkræmp/


  1. (n) a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
  2. (n) a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued
  3. (n) a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together
  4. (v) secure with a cramp
  5. (v) prevent the progress or free movement of
  6. (v) affect with or as if with a cramp
  7. (v) suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle


  1. Writer's cramp is an ailment that has puzzled doctors for more than a century, and it continues to baffle them.
  2. I have had no muscular cramp to date.
  3. This did not cramp his style.


  1. Facing Felix Hernandez: A’s Saturday lineup vs. Seattle

    Steve Kroner subbing for Susan Slusser for Game 2 of the Mariners-A’s series: After sitting out Friday night’s game, both Coco Crisp (heel) and Josh Donaldson (hamstring cramp) have returned to the A’s lineup Saturday. Donaldson left after the 15th inning of Thursday’s 3-2, 18-inning win over the Yankees. For him, that departure was a “discretion is the better part of valor” decision. “I was ...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. Filming may interrupt airport-bound traffic Friday

    Mullet-rocking, jean short-wearing Kenny Powers may cramp your style Friday if you're heading to the airport.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Wilmington Star-News

  3. Tony Parker injury: Spurs guard to have MRI on hamstring

    San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker will undergo an MRI on Wednesday for a right hamstring injury suffered in the Spurs' 113-77 Game 3 win over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. But according to Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News , the injury is just a bad cramp and Parker is expected to be ready for Thursday's Game 4. More : Spurs Game 3 coverage at Pounding The Rock Heat Game 3 ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: SB Nation


  1. Roddick mocked Djokovic at a post-match press conference, saying of his injuries: "A back and a hip? And a cramp. Bird Flu ... anthrax...... SARS... common cough and cold. If it's there, it's there. There's just a lot. He's either quick to call a...
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Andy Roddick Source: Montreal Gazette

  2. "I wish I could tell you what happened," he said. "Basically I was out on the field and I felt like I had a cramp in my ankle, which is the most strange thing ever. Basically what they said is it's in the capsule. Somehow I irritated it and...
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Kevin Youkilis Source: ESPN

  3. Strauss said: "Smith asked for a runner. The umpires were not particularly keen. At the end of a long game you are going to be tired. To a certain extent, cramp is a preparation thing, a conditioning thing. He didn't seem to be cramping that badly,...
    on Sep 27, 2009 By: Andrew Strauss Source: Times Online

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