Cringeling to Critical

(Cringe"ling), n. One who cringes meanly; a fawner.

(Crin"ger) n. One who cringes.

(Crin"ging*ly), adv. In a cringing manner.

(Crin"gle) n. [Icel. kringla orb; akin to kring around, and to D. kring circle, and to E. cringe, crank.]

1. A withe for fastening a gate.

2. (Naut.) An iron or pope thimble or grommet worked into or attached to the edges and corners of a sail; — usually in the plural. The cringles are used for making fast the bowline bridles, earings, etc.

(Crin`i*cul"tur*al) a. [L. crinis hair + cultura.] Relating to the growth of hair. [R.]

(Cri*nig"er*ous) a. [L. criniger; crinis hair + gerere to bear.] Bearing hair; hairy. [R.]

(Cri"ni*tal) a. Same as Crinite,


He the star crinital adoreth.

(Cri"nite) a. [L. crinitus, p. p. of crinire to provide or cover with hair, fr. crinis hair.]

1. Having the appearance of a tuft of hair; having a hairlike tail or train. "Comate, crinite, caudate stars." Fairfax.

2. (Bot.) Bearded or tufted with hairs. Gray.

(Cri"ni*to*ry) a. Of or relating to hair; as, a crinitory covering. T. Hook.

(Crin"kle) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crinkled (- k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Crinkling (- kling).] [A dim., fr. the root of cringe; akin to D. krinkelen to wind or twist. Cf. Cringle, Cringe.] To form with short turns, bends, or wrinkles; to mold into inequalities or sinuosities; to cause to wrinkle or curl.

The houses crinkled to and fro.

Her face all bowsy,
Comely crinkled,
Wondrously wrinkled.

The flames through all the casements pushing forth,
Like red-not devils crinkled into snakes.
Mrs. Browning.

(Crin"kle), v. i. To turn or wind; to run in and out in many short bends or turns; to curl; to run in waves; to wrinkle; also, to rustle, as stiff cloth when moved.

The green wheat crinkles like a lake.
L. T. Trowbridge.

And all the rooms
Were full of crinkling silks.
Mrs. Browning.

(Crin"kle), n. A winding or turn; wrinkle; sinuosity.

The crinkles in this glass, making objects appear double.
A. Tucker.

(Crin"kled) a. Having short bends, turns, or wrinkles; wrinkled; wavy; zigzag. "The crinkled lightning." Lowell.

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