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Crab meaning

crab - 16 dictionary results

  1. 1. scurry sideways like a crab
  2. 2. direct ( an aircraft) into a crosswind
  3. 3. One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad, short body, covered with a strong shell or carapace. The abdomen is small and curled up beneath the body.
  4. 4. The zodiacal constellation Cancer.
  5. 5. A crab apple; -- so named from its harsh taste.
  6. 6. A cudgel made of the wood of the crab tree; a crabstick.
  7. 7. A movable winch or windlass with powerful gearing, used with derricks, etc.
  8. 8. A form of windlass, or geared capstan, for hauling ships into dock, etc.
  9. 9. A machine used in ropewalks to stretch the yarn.
  10. 10. A claw for anchoring a portable machine.
  11. 11. To make sour or morose; to embitter.
  12. 12. To beat with a crabstick.
  13. 13. To drift sidewise or to leeward, as a vessel.
  14. 14. Sour; rough; austere.
  15. 15. A short tailed, hard shelled animal that lives under water; a crab apple; a name of various mechanical devices or machines; colloquially, a sour, cranky person.
  16. 16. A shell fish with ten legs; the sign Cancer in the zodiac; a small sour variety of apple.

crab - examples of usage

  1. For an hour or more I watched them working industriously between the crab- apple and the old elm, where the nest was growing rapidly to a beautiful depth. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  2. While the orioles were weaving the last threads into their nest, I ran round the house, crept a long way behind the old wall, and so to a safe hiding place near the crab- apple. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  3. She disappeared into a crab- apple tree in a corner of the garden, whither the male followed her a moment later. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
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