a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking
anything that serves as an expedient
"he uses drugs as a psychological crutch"
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.
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.
A crotch; the area of body where the legs fork from the trunk.
To support on crutches; to prop up.
Two fools that crutch their feeble sense on verse. uE000210057uE001 Dryden.
a staff with a crosspiece at the head, to be placed under the arm or shoulder, to support the lame or infirm in walking
a form of pommel for a woman's saddle, consisting of a forked rest to hold the leg of the rider
a knee, or piece of knee timber
a forked stanchion or post; a crotch. See Crotch
to support on crutches; to prop up
Origin: [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.]
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
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
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.
The numerical value of crutch in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of crutch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of crutch in a Sentence
Your social mission can’t be a crutch.
We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.
Reality is a crutch for people who can't handle drugs.
Reality is the crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.
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.
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- патерица, опора, подставкаBulgarian
- crossaCatalan, Valencian
- Krücke, StützeGerman
- soporte, muleta, apoyoSpanish
- kainalosauva, tukiFinnish
- béquille, soutient, supportFrench
- hækja, stoð, styrkurIcelandic
- stampella, grucciaItalian
- KrätschLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- krykke, krykkjeNorwegian Nynorsk
- шта̏ка, štȁkaSerbo-Croatian
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