(Crick"et), n. [AS. cricc, crycc, crooked staff, crutch. Perh. first used in sense 1, a stool prob.
having been first used as a wicket. See Crutch.]
1. A low stool.
2. A game much played in England, and sometimes in America, with a ball, bats, and wickets, the players
being arranged in two contesting parties or sides.
3. (Arch.) A small false roof, or the raising of a portion of a roof, so as to throw off water from behind
an obstacle, such as a chimney.
(Crick"et), v. i. To play at cricket. Tennyson.
(Crick"et*er) n. One who plays at cricket.
(Cri"coid) a. [Gr. ring + -oid.] (Anat.) Resembling a ring; said esp. of the cartilage at the
larynx, and the adjoining parts.
(Cri`co*thy"roid) a. (Anat.) Of or pertaining both to the cricoid and the thyroid cartilages.
(Cried) imp. & p. p. of Cry.
(Cri"er) n. [Cf. F. crieur. See Cry.] One who cries; one who makes proclamation. Specifically,
an officer who proclaims the orders or directions of a court, or who gives public notice by loud proclamation; as,
He openeth his mouth like a crier.
Ecclus. xx. 15.
(Crime) n.[F. crime, fr. L. crimen judicial decision, that which is subjected to such a decision,
charge, fault, crime, fr. the root of cernere to decide judicially. See Certain.]
1. Any violation of law, either divine or human; an omission of a duty commanded, or the commission of
an act forbidden by law.
2. Gross violation of human law, in distinction from a misdemeanor or trespass, or other slight offense.
Hence, also, any aggravated offense against morality or the public welfare; any outrage or great wrong.
"To part error from crime." Tennyson.
Crimes, in the English common law, are grave offenses which were originally capitally punished (murder,
rape, robbery, arson, burglary, and larceny), as distinguished from misdemeanors, which are offenses of
a lighter grade. See Misdemeanors.