someone who is unable to walk normally because of an injury or disability to the legs or back
deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or worthless
"This measure crippled our efforts"; "Their behavior stultified the boss's hard work"
deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
"The accident has crippled her for life"
a person who has severe impairment in his physical abilities because of deformation, injury, or amputation of parts of the body.
He returned from war a cripple.
a shortened wooden stud or brace used to construct the portion of a wall above a door or above and below a window.
to make someone a cripple; to cause someone to get a physical disability
The car bomb crippled five passers-by.
to damage seriously; to destroy
My ambitions were crippled by a lack of money.
to release a product (especially a computer program) with reduced functionality, in some cases, making the item essentially worthless.
The word processor was released in a crippled demonstration version that did not allow you to save.
Origin: From crypel, cognate with creopan; confer Dutch kreupel, German Krüppel, Old Norse cryppill.
one who creeps, halts, or limps; one who has lost, or never had, the use of a limb or limbs; a lame person; hence, one who is partially disabled
to deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or foot; to lame
to deprive of strength, activity, or capability for service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as, to be financially crippled
Origin: [OE. cripel, crepel, crupel, AS. crypel (akin to D. kreuple, G. krppel, Dan. krbling, Icel. kryppill), prop., one that can not walk, but must creep, fr. AS. crepan to creep. See Creep.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
krip′l, n. a lame person.—adj. lame.—v.t. to make lame: to lame: disable, impair the efficiency of.—ns. Cripp′ledom; Cripp′ling, a prop set up as a support against the side of a building. [A.S. crypel; conn. with Creep.]
The numerical value of cripple in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of cripple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of cripple in a Sentence
One attack could cripple the (IRS) system.
I could cripple competitors by shutting down their manufacturing.
Cyber weapons provide the tantalising possibility of being able to cripple the enemy without inflicting lasting damage on them
Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency, the last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.
People should either be caressed or crushed. If you do them minor damage they will get their revenge; but if you cripple them there is nothing they can do. If you need to injure someone, do it in such a way that you do not have to fear their vengeance.
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- инвалид, хром, осакатявам, сакат, сломявамBulgarian
- Krüppel, verkrüppelnGerman
- invalidi, tuhota, vammauttaa, vammainen, rampauttaa, rampaFinnish
- estropié, estropierFrench
- kaleki, kaleka, okaleczyćPolish
- инвалидка, искалечить, калека, инвалид, калечитьRussian
- funkis, funktionshindrad, handikappad, invalid, krymplingSwedish
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