What does crutch mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crutch(noun)

    a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking

  2. crutch(noun)

    anything that serves as an expedient

    "he uses drugs as a psychological crutch"

Wiktionary

  1. crutch(Noun)

    A device to assist in motion as a cane, especially one that provides support under the arm to reduce weight on a leg.

    He walked on crutches for a month until the cast was removed from his leg.

  2. crutch(Noun)

    Something that supports, often used negatively to indicate that it is not needed and causes an unhealthful dependency; a prop

    Alcohol became a crutch to help him through the long nights; eventually it killed him.

  3. crutch(Noun)

    A crotch; the area of body where the legs fork from the trunk.

  4. crutch(Verb)

    To support on crutches; to prop up.

    Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse. uE000210057uE001 Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crutch(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

    Etymology: [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G. krcke, Dan. krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See Crook, and cf. Cricket a low stool.]

  2. Crutch(noun)

    a form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider

    Etymology: [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G. krcke, Dan. krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See Crook, and cf. Cricket a low stool.]

  3. Crutch(noun)

    a knee, or piece of knee timber

    Etymology: [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G. krcke, Dan. krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See Crook, and cf. Cricket a low stool.]

  4. Crutch(noun)

    a forked stanchion or post; a crotch. See Crotch

    Etymology: [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G. krcke, Dan. krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See Crook, and cf. Cricket a low stool.]

  5. Crutch(verb)

    to support on crutches; to prop up

    Etymology: [OE. crucche, AS. crycc, cricc; akin to D. kruk, G. krcke, Dan. krykke, Sw. krycka, and to E. crook. See Crook, and cf. Cricket a low stool.]

Freebase

  1. Crutch

    A crutch is a mobility aid that transfers weight from the legs to the upper body. It is often used for people who cannot use their legs to support their weight, for reasons ranging from short-term injuries to life-long disabilities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crutch

    kruch, n. a staff with a cross-piece at the head to place under the arm of a lame person: any support like a crutch.—v.t. to support: to prop.—v.i. to go on crutches.—adj. Crutched, marked by the sign of or wearing a cross.—n.pl. Crutched′-frī′ars, an order of friars so called from the sign of the cross which they wore—Crouched- or Crossed-friars. [From root of Crook; perh. modified by L. crux.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. crutch

    A support fixed upon the taffrail for the main boom of a sloop, brig, cutter, &c., and a chock for the driver-boom of a ship when their respective sails are furled. Also, crooked timber inside the after-peak of a vessel, for securing the heels of the cant or half-timbers: they are fayed and bolted on the foot-waling. Also, stanchions of wood or iron whose upper parts are forked to receive masts, yards, and other spars, and which are fixed along the sides and gangways. Crutches are used instead of rowlocks, and also on the sides of large boats to support the oars and spars.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crutch in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crutch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of crutch in a Sentence

  1. Lily Tomlin:

    Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.

  2. John F. Kennedy:

    We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.

  3. Wagner Said:

    It sends the wrong message. Maybe you're using it as a crutch during a hard month ... you're not going to see changes from that beyond Christmas.

  4. Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (1972):

    History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it.

  5. Albert S. Herlong Jr.:

    [Communist Goals for America:] - Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.” - Control schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. - Soften curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put party line in textbooks. Control student newspapers. - Infiltrate churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion (i.e. “social justice,” “liberation theology”). - Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.” - Discredit American culture. - Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and divorce. - Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.

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