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English noun: cramp

1. cramp (state) a painful and involuntary muscular contraction

Synonymsmuscle spasm, spasm

Broader (hypernym)symptom

Narrower (hyponym)blepharospasm, charley horse, charley-horse, crick, graphospasm, kink, myoclonus, opisthotonos, rick, tenesmus, trismus, twitch, twitching, vellication, wrick, writer's cramp

2. cramp (artifact) a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued

Broader (hypernym)clamp, clinch

3. cramp (artifact) a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together

Synonymscramp iron

Broader (hypernym)slip, strip

English verb: cramp

1. cramp (contact) secure with a cramp

SamplesCramp the wood.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

2. cramp (change) prevent the progress or free movement of

SamplesHe was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather.
The imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries.

Synonymshalter, hamper, strangle

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

3. cramp (body) affect with or as if with a cramp

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affect

4. cramp (body) suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)get, have, suffer, sustain

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