American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of crisping or curling.
- n. The state of being crisped or curled.
- n. A slight involuntary muscular contraction, often producing a crawling sensation of the skin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of curling, or the state of being curled or wrinkled.
- n. In surgery, a slight morbid or natural contraction of any part, as that of the minute arteries of a cut wound when they retract. Mayne.
- n. A minute wave produced on the surface of a liquid by the vibrations of the supporting vessel, as when a moistened finger is moved around the rim of a glass, or when a glass plate covered by a thin layer of water is set in vibration by a bow.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or process of curling, or the state of being curled.
- n. A very slight convulsive or spasmodic contraction of certain muscles, external or internal.
“Those people have been suffering for so long from a state of crispation at all levels (politically, economically, intellectually and culturally).”
“This is, hopefully, the first real demonstration that a new generation of politicians has come to power and will change the habitual crispation that goes along French debates.”
“Duroy sentit brusquement une sensation de froid, une sorte de crispation nerveuse, un besoin d'injurier et de gifler ce bavard.”
“And today have been in a crispation of energy and ill-temper, raking my wretched mail together.”
“A crispation of interest passed over the congregation; every chin was raised.”
“_ (She arches her body in lascivious crispation, placing her forefinger in her mouth) _ Spoke to me.”
“Accordingly he had a "crispation of nerves," which obliged him to take a large cut-glass decanter and hit her on the head with it.”
“He shut his eyes, and a nervous crispation caused the fingers of his hands to close themselves with such force, that the grasp of that which held her little palm hurt her.”
“La fable chinoise de l'imbécile, du doigt et de la lune a tellement servi qu'on éprouve une certaine crispation à la trouver au bout de sa plume.”
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