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hamstring


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hamstring  \Ham"string`\,  n.  (Anat.) 
  One  of  the  great  tendons  situated  in  each  side  of  the  ham,  or 
  space  back  of  the  knee,  and  connected  with  the  muscles  of  the 
  back  of  the  thigh. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hamstring  \Ham"string`\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Hamstrung};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Hamstringing}.  See  {String}.] 
  To  lame  or  disable  by  cutting  the  tendons  of  the  ham  or  knee; 
  to  hough;  hence  to  cripple;  to  incapacitate;  to  disable. 
 
  So  have  they  hamstrung  the  valor  of  the  subject  by 
  seeking  to  effeminate  us  all  at  home.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hamstring 
  n  :  one  of  the  tendons  at  the  back  of  the  knee 
  v  1:  make  ineffective  or  powerless;  "The  teachers  were  hamstrung 
  by  the  overly  rigid  schedules" 
  2:  cripple  by  cutting  the  hamstring 




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