Balm cricket. See under Balm.Cricket bird, a small European bird (Silvia locustella); — called also grasshopper warbler.Cricket frog, a small American tree frog (Acris gryllus); — so called from its chirping.

(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, a town-crier.

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.

(Crick"et) n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a cricket. See Creak.] (Zoöl.) An orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllus, and allied genera. The males make chirping, musical notes by rubbing together the basal parts of the veins of the front wings.

The common European cricket is Gryllus domesticus; the common large black crickets of America are G. niger, G. neglectus, and others.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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