crab


crab
crab
crab1 [krab]
n.
[ME crabbe < OE crabba < IE base * grebh-, *gerebh-, to scratch: see GRAPHIC]
1. any of various decapods with four pairs of legs, one pair of pincers, a flattish shell, and a short, broad abdomen folded under its thorax
2. any of other similar arthropods, as the horseshoe crab
3. the edible part of a crab
4.
a) CRAB LOUSE
b) [pl.] Informal infestation by crab lice: often with the
5. any of various machines for hoisting heavy weights
6. Aeron. the apparent sideways motion of an aircraft with respect to the ground when headed into a crosswind
vi.
crabbed, crabbing
to fish for crabs; catch crabs
vt.
Aeron. to head (an aircraft) into a crosswind in order to counteract drift, thus causing apparent sideways motion with respect to the ground
to head (an aircraft) into a crosswind in order to counteract drift, thus causing apparent sideways motion with respect to the ground
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catch a crab
Rowing to fail to clear the water on the recovery stroke accidentally, thereby unbalancing the boat or impeding its movement
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the Crab
Cancer, the constellation and fourth sign of the zodiac
crabber
n.
crab2 [krab]
n.
[ME crabbe, akin ? to Scot scrabbe, Swed dial. scrabba, wild apple]
1. CRAB APPLE
2. a person who has a sour temper or is always complaining
adj.
of a crab apple or the tree that it grows on
vt.
crabbed, crabbing
1. Obs.
a) to irritate; vex
b) to sour; embitter
2. Rare to find fault with; criticize
vi.
Informal to complain peevishly; grumble
to complain peevishly; grumble
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☆ crab one's act the deal, etc. or crab one's act
to ruin or frustrate one's scheme (the deal, etc.)
crabber
n.

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  • Crab — (kr[a^]b), n. [AS. crabba; akin to D. krab, G. krabbe, krebs, Icel. krabbi, Sw. krabba, Dan. krabbe, and perh. to E. cramp. Cf. {Crawfish}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad, short… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crab — crab; crab·bed; crab·bed·ly; crab·bed·ness; crab·bery; crab·bit; crab·eater; crab·man; crab·stick; crab·ber; crab·by; …   English syllables

  • Crab — steht für Crab Key, Filmtitel Crab Nebula, astronomisches Gebilde Horseshoe crab, Krebs Seitenwindlandung The Crab Cooker Restaurant in Kalifornien Siehe auch Crab Alley Creek, ein Fluss im US Bundesstaat Maryland Crab Island Crab Orchard Crabb …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • crab — CRAB, crabi, s.m. Nume dat mai multor specii de animale crustacee marine, cu zece picioare, cu abdomenul scurt şi îndoit sub cefalotoracele mare şi turtit; mai cunoscută este o specie din Marea Neagră, cu carnea foarte gustoasă (Carcinus moenas) …   Dicționar Român

  • crab — the crustacean [OE] and crab the apple [14] may be two distinct words. The word for the sea creature has several continental relatives (such as German krebs and Dutch krabbe) which show it to have been of Germanic origin, and some of them, such… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • crab — the crustacean [OE] and crab the apple [14] may be two distinct words. The word for the sea creature has several continental relatives (such as German krebs and Dutch krabbe) which show it to have been of Germanic origin, and some of them, such… …   Word origins

  • Crab — Crab, a. [Prob. from the same root as crab, n.] Sour; rough; austere. [1913 Webster] The crab vintage of the neighb ring coast. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crab — ► NOUN 1) a marine crustacean, some kinds of which are edible, with a broad shell and five pairs of legs, the first of which are modified as pincers. 2) (crabs) informal an infestation of crab lice. ► VERB 1) move sideways or obliquely. 2) fish… …   English terms dictionary

  • crab — [kræb] n [Sense: 1 3; Origin: Old English crabba] [Sense: 4; Date: 1800 1900; Origin: crabbed] 1.) a sea animal with a hard shell, five legs on each side, and two large ↑claws →↑crustacean 2.) [U] the flesh of this animal that you can cook and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crab´bi|ly — crab|by «KRAB ee», adjective, bi|er, bi|est. Informal. cross, peevish, or ill natured; crabbed: »He is brought up under the…Puritan maxims of a crabby maiden aunt (Time). –crab´bi|ly, adverb. –crab´bi|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary