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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crutch  \Crutch\,  v.  t. 
  To  support  on  crutches;  to  prop  up  [R.] 
 
  Two  fools  that  crutch  their  feeble  sense  on  verse. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crutch  \Crutch\  (kr[u^]ch;  224),  n.;  pl  {Crutches}  (-[e^]z). 
  [OE.  crucche,  AS  crycc  cricc;  akin  to  D.  kruk,  G. 
  kr["u]cke,  Dan.  krykke  Sw  krycka  and  to  E.  crook.  See 
  {Crook},  and  cf  {Cricket}  a  low  stool.] 
  1.  A  staff  with  a  crosspiece  at  the  head,  to  be  placed  under 
  the  arm  or  shoulder,  to  support  the  lame  or  infirm  in 
  walking. 
 
  I'll  lean  upon  one  crutch,  and  fight  with  the  other 
  --Shak. 
 
  Rhyme  is  a  crutch  that  lifts  the  weak  alone.  --H. 
  Smith. 
 
  2.  A  form  of  pommel  for  a  woman's  saddle,  consisting  of  a 
  forked  rest  to  hold  the  leg  of  the  rider. 
 
  3.  (Naut.) 
  a  A  knee,  or  piece  of  knee  timber. 
  b  A  forked  stanchion  or  post  a  crotch.  See  {Crotch}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Crotch  \Crotch\  (kr?ch;  224),  n.;  pl  {Crotches}  (-?z).  [Cf. 
  {Crotchet},  {Crutch}.] 
  1.  The  angle  formed  by  the  parting  of  two  legs  or  branches;  a 
  fork;  the  point  where  a  trunk  divides;  as  the  crotch  of  a 
  tree. 
 
  2.  (Naut.)  A  stanchion  or  post  of  wood  or  iron,  with  two  arms 
  for  supporting  a  boom,  spare  yards,  etc.;  --  called  also 
  {crane}  and  {crutch}.  --Totten. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  crutch 
  n  1:  a  wooden  or  metal  staff  that  fits  under  the  armpit  and 
  reaches  to  the  ground;  used  by  disabled  person  while 
  walking 
  2:  anything  that  serves  as  an  expedient;  "he  uses  drugs  as  a 
  psychological  crutch" 




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