(n.) Any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission of a duty commanded, or the commission of an act forbidden by law.
(n.) Gross violation of human law, in distinction from a misdemeanor or trespass, or other slight offense. Hence, also, any aggravated offense against morality or the public welfare; any outrage or great wrong.
(n.) One who decoys or entraps men into the military or naval service.
(n.) A keeper of a low lodging house where sailors and emigrants are entrapped and fleeced.
(n.) Hair which has been crimped; -- usually in pl.
(n.) A game at cards.
(v. t.) To fold or plait in regular undulation in such a way that the material will retain the shape intended; to give a wavy appearance to; as, to crimp the border of a cap; to crimp a ruffle. Cf. Crisp.
(v. t.) To pinch and hold; to seize.
(v. t.) to entrap into the military or naval service; as, to crimp seamen.
(v. t.) To cause to contract, or to render more crisp, as the flesh of a fish, by gashing it, when living, with a knife; as, to crimp skate, etc.
(n.) A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage.
(n.) A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest.
(n.) Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.
(n.) Anything composed of parts fitted and united together; a fabric; a structure; esp., the constructional system, whether of timber or metal, that gives to a building, vessel, etc., its model and strength; the skeleton of a structure.
(n.) The bodily structure; physical constitution; make or build of a person.
(n.) A kind of open case or structure made for admitting, inclosing, or supporting things, as that which incloses or contains a window, door, picture, etc.; that on which anything is held or stretched
(n.) The skeleton structure which supports the boiler and machinery of a locomotive upon its wheels.
(n.) A molding box or flask, which being filled with sand serves as a mold for castings.
(n.) The ribs and stretchers of an umbrella or other structure with a fabric covering.
(n.) A structure of four bars, adjustable in size, on which cloth, etc., is stretched for quilting, embroidery, etc.
(n.) A glazed portable structure for protecting young plants from frost.
(n.) A stand to support the type cases for use by the compositor.
(n.) A term applied, especially in England, to certain machines built upon or within framework; as, a stocking frame; lace frame; spinning frame, etc.
(n.) Particular state or disposition, as of the mind; humor; temper; mood; as, to be always in a happy frame.
(n.) Contrivance; the act of devising or scheming.
(v. i.) To shape; to arrange, as the organs of speech.
(v. i.) To proceed; to go.
(v. t.) To construct by fitting and uniting the several parts of the skeleton of any structure; specifically, in woodwork, to put together by cutting parts of one member to fit parts of another. See Dovetail, Halve, v. t., Miter, Tenon, Tooth, Tusk, Scarf, and Splice.
(v. t.) To originate; to plan; to devise; to contrive; to compose; in a bad sense, to invent or fabricate, as something false.
(v. t.) To fit to something else, or for some specific end; to adjust; to regulate; to shape; to conform.