from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A support used by an injured or disabled person, often in pairs, as an aid to walking, having a vertical shaft that is sometimes forked, a horizontal grip for the hand, and a crosspiece that is positioned under the armpit or a cuff that wraps around the forearm.
  • noun Something on which one depends, often excessively.
  • noun A forked support or part.
  • noun A forked leg rest on a sidesaddle.
  • noun Archaic The crotch of a person or animal.
  • intransitive verb To move using a crutch or crutches.
  • intransitive verb To support on a crutch or crutches.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To support on crutches; prop or sustain.
  • In soap-making, to stir forcibly with a crutch. See crutch, n., 3 .
  • noun A cross. See cross.
  • In leather manufacturing, to work with a crutch.
  • noun A support for the lame in walking, consisting of a staff of the proper length, with a crosspiece at one end so shaped as to fit easily under the armpit. The upper part of the staff is now commonly divided lengthwise into two parts, separated by an inserted piece used as a handle.
  • noun Hence Figuratively, old age.
  • noun Any fixture or mechanical device resembling a crutch or the head of a crutch.
  • noun A rack: as, a bacon-crutch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be placed under the arm or shoulder, to support the lame or infirm in walking.
  • noun A form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider.
  • noun A knee, or piece of knee timber.
  • noun A forked stanchion or post; a crotch. See Crotch.
  • transitive verb rare To support on crutches; to prop up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A device to assist in motion as a cane, especially one that provides support under the arm to reduce weight on a leg.
  • noun Something that supports, often used negatively to indicate that it is not needed and causes an unhealthful dependency; a prop
  • noun A crotch; the area of body where the legs fork from the trunk.
  • verb transitive To support on crutches; to prop up.
  • verb transitive To shear the hindquarters of a sheep; to dag.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
  • noun anything that serves as an expedient


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English crucche, from Old English crycc.]


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