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crutches


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  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}. 




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