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Webster 1913 Edition


Crisp

Crisp

(kr?sp)
,
Adj.
[AS.
crisp
, fr. L.
crispus
; cf.
carpere
to pluck, card (wool), and E.
harvest
. Cf.
Crape
.]
1.
Curling in stiff curls or ringlets;
as,
crisp
hair
.
2.
Curled with the ripple of the water.
[Poetic]
You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks . . .
Leave jour
crisp
channels.
Shakespeare
3.
Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture;
as,
crisp
snow
.
The cakes at tea ate short and
crisp
.
Goldsmith.
4.
Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.
It [laurel] has been plucked nine months, and yet looks as hale and
crisp
as if it would last ninety years.
Leigh Hunt.
5.
Lively; sparking; effervescing.
Your neat
crisp
claret.
Beau. & Fl.
6.
Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.
The snug, small room, and the
crisp
fire.
Dickens.

Crisp

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Crisped
(kr?spt)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Crisping
.]
[L.
crispare
, fr.
crispus
. See
Crisp
.
Adj.
]
1.
To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.
2.
To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple. Cf.
Crimp
.
The lover with the myrtle sprays
Adorns his
crisped
tresses.
Drayton.
Along the
crisped
shades and bowers.
Milton.
The
crisped
brooks,
Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold.
Milton.
3.
To make crisp or brittle, as in cooking.
Crisping iron
,
an instrument by which hair or any textile fabric is crisped.
Crisping pin
,
the simplest form of crisping iron.
Is. iii. 22.

Crisp

,
Verb.
I.
To undulate or ripple. Cf.
Crisp
,
Verb.
T.
To watch the
crisping
ripples on the beach.
Tennuson.

Crisp

,
Noun.
That which is crisp or brittle; the state of being crisp or brittle;
as, burned to a
crisp
; specifically, the rind of roasted pork; crackling.

Webster 1828 Edition


Crisp

CRISP

,
Adj.
[L. G. See the Verb.]
1.
Curled; formed into curls or ringlets.
2.
Indented; winding; as crisp channels.
3.
Brittle; friable; easily broken or crumbled.

Definition 2021


crisp

crisp

English

Adjective

crisp (comparative crisper, superlative crispest)

  1. (of something seen or heard) Sharp, clearly defined.
    • This new television set has a very crisp image.
  2. (dated) Curling in stiff curls or ringlets.
    crisp hair
  3. (obsolete) Curled by the ripple of water.
    • Shakespeare
      You nymphs called Naiads, of the winding brooks [] Leave your crisp channels.
  4. Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture.
    The crisp snow crunched underfoot.
    • Goldsmith
      The cakes at tea ate short and crisp.
  5. Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness; in a fresh, unwilted condition.
    • Leigh Hunt
      It [laurel] has been plucked nine months, and yet looks as hale and crisp as if it would last ninety years.
  6. Of weather, air etc.: dry and cold.
  7. (of movement, action, etc.) Quick and accurate.
    • 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, in BBC:
      Stephen Ward's crisp finish from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's pass 11 minutes into the second half proved enough to give Mick McCarthy's men a famous victory.
  8. (of talk, text, etc.) Brief and to the point.
    An expert, given a certain query, will often come up with a crisp answer: “yes” or “no”.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “chapter XV”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      It was plain that the loss of Phyllis Mills, goofy though she unquestionably was, had hit him a shrewd wallop, and I presumed that he was coming to me for sympathy and heart balm, which I would have been only too pleased to dish out. I hoped, of course, that he would make it crisp and remove himself at an early date, for when the moment came for the balloon to go up I didn't want to be hampered by an audience. When you're pushing someone into a lake, nothing embarrasses you more than having the front seats filled up with goggling spectators.
  9. (obsolete) Lively; sparking; effervescing.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      your neat crisp claret
  10. Brisk; crackling; cheerful; lively.
    • Charles Dickens
      the snug, small room, and the crisp fire
  11. Of wine: having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one.
  12. (computing theory) Not using fuzzy logic; based on a binary distinction between true and false.

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Noun

crisp (plural crisps)

  1. (Britain) A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.

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Verb

crisp (third-person singular simple present crisps, present participle crisping, simple past and past participle crisped)

  1. (transitive) To make crisp.
    to crisp bacon by frying it
  2. (intransitive) To become crisp.
  3. (transitive, dated) To curl; to form into ringlets, as hair, or the nap of cloth; to interweave, as the branches of trees.
  4. (intransitive, archaic) To undulate or ripple.
    • Tennyson
      to watch the crisping ripples on the beach
  5. (transitive, archaic) To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple.
    • Drayton
      The lover with the myrtle sprays / Adorns his crisped tresses.
    • Milton
      The crisped brooks, / Rolling on orient pearl and sands of gold.

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