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Definition of Crab

Crab

  1. One of the brachyuran Crustacea. They are mostly marine, and usually have a broad, short body, covered with a strong shell or carapace. The abdomen is small and curled up beneath the body.
  2. The zodiacal constellation Cancer.
  3. A crab apple; -- so named from its harsh taste.
  4. A cudgel made of the wood of the crab tree; a crabstick.
  5. A movable winch or windlass with powerful gearing, used with derricks, etc.
  6. A form of windlass, or geared capstan, for hauling ships into dock, etc.
  7. A machine used in ropewalks to stretch the yarn.
  8. A claw for anchoring a portable machine.
  9. To make sour or morose; to embitter.
  10. To beat with a crabstick.
  11. To drift sidewise or to leeward, as a vessel.
  12. Sour; rough; austere.

Crab Quotations

Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates.
H. L. Mencken

You cannot teach a crab to walk straight.
Aristophanes

I do like the ocean wave, actually. I'm born under the sign of Cancer - the sign of the crab - so I like coastal areas and sunny beaches and such - although not the wide-open and deep seas.
Anjelica Huston

I'm a Cancerian, the typical crab with the tough outer shell and the soft bit in the middle. I don't think I'll ever come to terms with people being unnecessarily nasty, but I can take it if someone doesn't like my music - I'm not everyone's cup of tea.
Katherine Jenkins

Washington is gripped by crab-in-the-bucket syndrome. And there's no cure in sight. Put a single crab in an uncovered bucket, and it will find a way to climb up and out on its own. Put a dozen crabs in a bucket, and 11 will fight with all their might to pull down the striver who attempts escape.
Michelle Malkin
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Crab Translations

crab in Danish is krabbe
crab in Dutch is krab
crab in French is crabe
crab in Norwegian is krabbe
crab in Portuguese is caranguejo
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