Crimping is joining two pieces of metal or other ductile material by deforming one or both of them to hold the other. The bend or deformity is called the crimp.

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  1. A fastener or a fastening method that secures parts by bending metal around a joint and squeezing it together, often with a tool that adds indentations to capture the parts.
    The strap was held together by a simple metal crimp.
  2. A coal broker.
  3. One who decoys or entraps men into the military or naval service.
  4. A keeper of a low lodging house where sailors and emigrants are entrapped and fleeced.
  5. A hairstyle which has been crimped, or shaped so it bends back and forth in many short kinks.
  6. A game of cards.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. An agent making it his business to procure seamen, soldiers, etc., especially by seducing, decoying, entrapping, or impressing them. the passing of the Merchant Shipping Act of 1854, applied to one who infringes sub-section 1 of this Act, i.e. to a person other than the owner, master, etc., who engages seamen without a license from the Board of Trade.


  1. To fasten by bending metal so that it squeezes around the parts to be fastened.
    He crimped the wire in place.
  2. To style hair into a crimp.
  3. To join the edges of food products. For example: Cornish pasty, pies, jiaozi, Jamaican patty, and sealed crustless sandwich.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To impress (seamen or soldiers); to entrap, to decoy.
    Coaxing and courting with intent to crimp him. — Carlyle.


  1. Easily crumbled; friable; brittle.
  2. Weak; inconsistent; contradictory.

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