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hobble


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hobble  \Hob"ble\,  n.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Hobbled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Hobbling}.]  [OE.  hobelen  hoblen  freq.  of  hoppen  to  hop; 
  akin  to  D.  hobbelen  hoblen  hoppeln  See  {Hop}  to  jump,  and 
  cf  {Hopple}  ] 
  1.  To  walk  lame,  bearing  chiefly  on  one  leg;  to  walk  with  a 
  hitch  or  hop,  or  with  crutches. 
 
  The  friar  was  hobbling  the  same  way  too  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  move  roughly  or  irregularly;  --  said  of  style  in 
  writing.  --Prior. 
 
  The  hobbling  versification,  the  mean  diction. 
  --Jeffreys. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hobble  \Hob"ble\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  fetter  by  tying  the  legs;  to  hopple;  to  clog.  ``  They 
  hobbled  their  horses.''  --Dickens 
 
  2.  To  perplex;  to  embarrass. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hobble  \Hob"ble\,  n. 
  1.  An  unequal  gait;  a  limp;  a  halt;  as  he  has  a  hobble  in 
  his  gait.  --Swift. 
 
  2.  Same  as  {Hopple}. 
 
  3.  Difficulty;  perplexity;  embarrassment.  --Waterton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  hobble 
  n  1:  a  shackle  for  the  ankles  or  feet  [syn:  {fetter}] 
  2:  the  uneven  manner  of  walking  that  results  from  an  injured 
  leg  [syn:  {hitch},  {limp}] 
  v  1:  walk  impeded  by  some  physical  limitation  or  injury;  "The  old 
  woman  hobbles  down  to  the  store  every  day."  [syn:  {limp}, 
  {hitch}] 
  2:  hamper  the  action  or  progress  of;"The  chairman  was  hobbled 
  by  the  all-powerful  dean" 




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