(Cru*sade") n. [F. croisade, fr. Pr. crozada, or Sp cruzada, or It. crociata, from a verb
signifying to take the cross, mark one's self with a cross, fr. L. crux cross; or possibly taken into English
directly fr. Pr. Cf. Croisade, Crosado, and see Cross.]
1. Any one of the military expeditions undertaken by Christian powers, in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries,
for the recovery of the Holy Land from the Mohammedans.
2. Any enterprise undertaken with zeal and enthusiasm; as, a crusade against intemperance.
3. A Portuguese coin. See Crusado.
(Cru*sade"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crusaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Crusading.] To engage in a
crusade; to attack in a zealous or hot-headed manner. "Cease crusading against sense." M. Green.
(Cru*sad"er) n. One engaged in a crusade; as, the crusaders of the Middle Ages.
Azure-eyed and golden-haired,
Forth the young crusaders fared.
(Cru*sad"ing), a. Of or pertaining to a crusade; as, a crusading spirit.
(Cru*sa"do) n. [Pg. cruzado, fr. cruz, fr. L. crux. See Crusade, 3.] An old Portuguese
coin, worth about seventy cents. [Written also cruade.] Shak.
(Cruse) n. [Akin to LG. kruus, kroos, mug, jug, jar, D. kroes, G. krause, Icel. krus, Sw. krus,
Dan. kruus. Cf. Crucible, Cresset.]
1. A cup or dish.
Take with thee . . . a cruse of honey.
1 Kings xiv. 3.
2. A bottle for holding water, oil, honey, etc.
So David took . . . the cruse of water.
1 Sam. xxvi. 12.
(Cru"set) n. [Cf. F. creuset. See Cruse, Crucible.] A goldsmith's crucible or melting pot.
(Crush) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crushed (krusht); p. pr. & vb. n. Crushing.] [OE. cruschen, crousshen,
Of. cruisir, croissir, fr. LL. cruscire, prob. of Ger. origin, from a derivative of the word seen in Goth.
kruistan to gnash; akin to Sw. krysta to squeeze, Dan. kryste, Icel. kreysta.]
1. To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity
of the parts, or to force together into a mass; as, to crush grapes.
Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut.
Lev. xxii. 24.
The ass . . . thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall.
Num. xxii. 25.
2. To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute; as, to crush quartz.
3. To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
To crush the pillars which the pile sustain.
Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again.