What does CRAB mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crab(noun)

    decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers

  2. crab, crabby person(noun)

    a quarrelsome grouch

  3. Cancer, Crab(noun)

    (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer

  4. Cancer, Cancer the Crab, Crab(noun)

    the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22

  5. crab, crabmeat(noun)

    the edible flesh of any of various crabs

  6. crab louse, pubic louse, crab, Phthirius pubis(noun)

    a louse that infests the pubic region of the human body

  7. crab(verb)

    a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply

    "he caught a crab and lost the race"

  8. crab(verb)

    direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind

  9. crab(verb)

    scurry sideways like a crab

  10. crab(verb)

    fish for crab

  11. gripe, bitch, grouse, crab, beef, squawk, bellyache, holler(verb)


    "What was he hollering about?"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crab(noun)

    one of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad, short body, covered with a strong shell or carapace. The abdomen is small and curled up beneath the body

  2. Crab(noun)

    the zodiacal constellation Cancer

  3. Crab(adj)

    a crab apple; -- so named from its harsh taste

  4. Crab(adj)

    a cudgel made of the wood of the crab tree; a crabstick

  5. Crab(adj)

    a movable winch or windlass with powerful gearing, used with derricks, etc

  6. Crab(adj)

    a form of windlass, or geared capstan, for hauling ships into dock, etc

  7. Crab(adj)

    a machine used in ropewalks to stretch the yarn

  8. Crab(adj)

    a claw for anchoring a portable machine

  9. Crab(verb)

    to make sour or morose; to embitter

  10. Crab(verb)

    to beat with a crabstick

  11. Crab(verb)

    to drift sidewise or to leeward, as a vessel

  12. Crab(adj)

    sour; rough; austere

  13. Origin: [Prob. from the same root as crab, n.]


  1. Crab

    Crabs are decapod crustaceans living in any of the world's oceans, in fresh water, or on land, generally covered with a thick exoskeleton and armed with a single pair of claws. True crabs belong to the infraorder Brachyura, which typically have a very short projecting "tail", or where the reduced abdomen is entirely hidden under the thorax. Many other animals with similar names – such as hermit crabs, king crabs, porcelain crabs, horseshoe crabs and crab lice – are not true crabs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crab

    krab, n. a popular name applied to any of the short-tailed division of decapod crustaceans: a sign in the zodiac: a portable winch: a sour-tempered person: the lowest throw at hazard—two aces.—adj. Crabb′ed, ill-natured: harsh: rough: difficult, perplexing.—adv. Crabb′edly.—n. Crabb′edness.—adj. Crab′-faced, having a sour, peevish countenance.—n. Crab′ite, a fossil crab or crayfish.—adj. Crab′-like, moving like a crab.—n. Crab′-louse, a crab-shaped louse infesting the hair of the pubis, &c.—n.pl. Crab's′-eyes, the scarlet seeds of an East Indian bead-tree: a concretion of carbonate of lime in the stomach of the cray-fish.—v.i. Crab′-sī′dle, to go sideways like a crab.—n.pl. Crab′-yaws, a name applied to the tumours of frambœsia on the soles and palms.—Catch a crab, in rowing, to sink the oar too deeply in the water: to miss the water altogether in making the stroke. [A.S. crabba; Ger. krabbe.]

  2. Crab

    krab, Crab-apple, krab′-ap-l, n. a wild bitter apple.—ns. Crab′-stick, a stick made out of the crab-tree; Crab′-tree, the tree that bears crab-apples.—adj. like a crab-tree, crooked. [Perh. conn. with Crabbed.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of CRAB in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of CRAB in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aristophenes:

    You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.

  2. Charles M. Schulz:

    Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.

  3. Kathryn Kegel:

    They are big hunters of crab, clams, scallops, things like that.

  4. Hugh Link:

    Nobody wants to accidentally tangle up a whale, we want to catch crab not anything else.

  5. Demand King:

    When I started fishing crab in Alaska in 1971, the crab meat was removed from the shell and packed as blocks of meat. Most of this product went to Japan.

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