English dictionary


crab |kræb| — decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers

crabbed |ˈkræbɪd| — annoyed and irritable

crabby |ˈkræbi| — annoyed and irritable

crack |kræk| — a long narrow opening

crack down |ˈkræk ˈdaʊn| — repress or suppress (something regarded as undesirable)

crack up |ˈkrakəp| — suffer a nervous breakdown

crackdown |ˈkrækdaʊn| — severely repressive actions

cracked |krækt| — used of skin roughened as a result of cold or exposure

cracker |ˈkrækər| — a thin crisp wafer made of flour and water with or without leavening and shortening; unsweetened or semisweet

crackerjack |ˈkrækərdʒæk| — someone excellent of their kind

crackers |ˈkrækərz| — informal or slang terms for mentally irregular

cracking |ˈkrækɪŋ| — a sudden sharp noise

crackle |ˈkrækl| — the sharp sound of snapping noises

crackling |ˈkræklɪŋ| — the residue that remains after animal fat has been rendered

cracklings  — the crisp residue left after lard has been rendered

crackpot |ˈkrækpɑːt| — a whimsically eccentric person

cracksman |ˈkraksmən| — a thief who breaks open safes to steal valuable contents

cradle |ˈkreɪdl| — a baby bed with sides and rockers

craft |kræft| — the skilled practice of a practical occupation

craftily |ˈkræftəli| — in an artful manner

craftiness |ˈkræftɪnəs| — shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

craftsman |ˈkræftsmən| — a professional whose work is consistently of high quality

craftsmanship |ˈkræftsmənʃɪp| — skill in an occupation or trade

crafty |ˈkræfti| — marked by skill in deception

crag |kræɡ| — a steep rugged rock or cliff

craggy |ˈkræɡi| — having hills and crags

cragsman |ˈkraɡzmən| — a climber of vertical rock faces

crake |kreɪk| — any of several short-billed Old World rails

cram |kræm| — crowd or pack to capacity

crammer |ˈkræmər| — a student who crams

cramp |kræmp| — a painful and involuntary muscular contraction

cramped |kræmpt| — constricted in size

crampon |ˈkræmpɑːn| — a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects

cranberry |ˈkrænberi| — any of numerous shrubs of genus Vaccinium bearing cranberries

crane |kreɪn| — United States writer (1871-1900)

cranesbill |ˈkreɪnzˌbɪl| — any of numerous geraniums of the genus Geranium

cranial |ˈkreɪniəl| — of or relating to the cranium which encloses the brain

craniometry |ˌkreɪniːˈɑːmɪtriː| — the branch of physical anthropology dealing with the study and measurement of dry skulls after removal of its soft parts

cranium |ˈkreɪniəm| — the part of the skull that encloses the brain

crank |kræŋk| — a bad-tempered person

crankshaft |ˈkræŋkʃæft| — a rotating shaft driven by (or driving) a crank

cranky |ˈkræŋki| — (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail

crannied |ˈkrænɪd| — having small chinks or crannies (especially in or between rocks or stones)

cranny |ˈkræni| — a long narrow depression in a surface

crap |kræp| — obscene terms for feces

crape |kreɪp| — small very thin pancake

crappy |ˈkræpi| — very bad

craps |kræps| — expressions used when when two dice are thrown and both come up showing one spot

crapulence |ˈkræpjʊləns| — the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess

crapulent |ˈkrapyələnt| — suffering from excessive eating or drinking

crapulous |ˈkræpjʊləs| — suffering from excessive eating or drinking

crash |kræʃ| — a loud resonant repeating noise

crasher  — someone who gets in (to a party) without an invitation or without paying

crass |kræs| — (of persons) so unrefined as to be lacking in discrimination and sensibility

crassitude |ˈkræsɪˌtuːd| — the quality of being crass--devoid of refinement

crassness |kræs| — the quality of being crass--devoid of refinement

crate |kreɪt| — a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping

crater |ˈkreɪtər| — a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano

cravat |krəˈvæt| — neckwear worn in a slipknot with long ends overlapping vertically in front

crave |kreɪv| — have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

craven |ˈkreɪvn| — an abject coward

craving |ˈkreɪvɪŋ| — an intense desire for some particular thing

craw |krɔː| — a pouch in many birds and some lower animals that resembles a stomach for storage and preliminary maceration of food

crawfish |ˈkrɔːfɪʃ| — tiny lobster-like crustaceans usually boiled briefly

crawl |krɔːl| — a very slow movement

crawler |ˈkrɔːlər| — a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

crayfish |ˈkreɪfɪʃ| — warm-water lobsters without claws; those from Australia and South Africa usually marketed as frozen tails; caught also in Florida and California

crayon |ˈkreɪən| — writing implement consisting of a colored stick of composition wax used for writing and drawing

craze |kreɪz| — an interest followed with exaggerated zeal

crazed |kreɪzd| — driven insane

craziness |ˈkreɪzinəs| — informal terms for insanity

crazy |ˈkreɪzi| — someone deranged and possibly dangerous

creak |kriːk| — a squeaking sound

creaking |ˈkriːkɪŋ| — a squeaking sound

creaky |ˈkriːki| — worn and broken down by hard use

cream |kriːm| — the best people or things in a group

cream-colored  — having the color of fresh cream

creamery |ˈkriːməri| — a workplace where dairy products (butter and cheese etc.) are produced or sold

creamy |ˈkriːmi| — of the color of cream

crease |kriːs| — an angular or rounded shape made by folding

create |kriˈeɪt| — make or cause to be or to become

creation |kriˈeɪʃn| — the human act of creating

creationism |kriˈeɪʃnɪzəm| — the literal belief in the account of Creation given in the Book of Genesis

creative |kriˈeɪtɪv| — promoting construction or creation

creatively |kriˈeɪtɪvli| — in a creative manner

creativity |ˌkriːeɪˈtɪvəti| — the ability to create

creator |kriˈeɪtər| — terms referring to the Judeo-Christian God

creature |ˈkriːtʃər| — a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

creche |kreʃ| — a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared for

credence |ˈkriːdns| — the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true

credential |krəˈdenʃl| — a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts

credenza |krəˈdenzə| — a kind of sideboard or buffet

credibility |ˌkredəˈbɪləti| — the quality of being believable or trustworthy

credible |ˈkredəbl| — (a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous

credit |ˈkredɪt| — approval

creditable |ˈkredɪtəbl| — worthy of often limited commendation

credited |ˈkredətəd| — (usually followed by `to') given credit for

creditor |ˈkredɪtər| — a person to whom money is owed by a debtor; someone to whom an obligation exists

creditworthiness |ˈkredəˌtwərðinəs| — trustworthiness with money as based on a person's credit history; a general qualification for borrowing

credo |ˈkriːdoʊ| — any system of principles or beliefs

credulity |krɪˈduːləti| — tendency to believe readily

credulous |ˈkredʒələs| — showing a lack of judgment or experience

credulousness  — tendency to believe too readily and therefore to be easily deceived

creed |kriːd| — any system of principles or beliefs

creek |kriːk| — a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river)

creel |kriːl| — a wicker basket used by anglers to hold fish

creep |kriːp| — someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric

creeper |ˈkriːpər| — any plant (as ivy or periwinkle) that grows by creeping

creeping |ˈkriːpɪŋ| — a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body

creeps |ˈkriːps| — a disease of cattle and sheep attributed to a dietary deficiency; characterized by anemia and softening of the bones and a slow stiff gait

creepy |ˈkriːpi| — annoying and unpleasant

creese |kriːs| — a Malayan dagger with a wavy blade

cremate |krəˈmeɪt| — reduce to ashes

cremation |krəˈmeɪʃn| — the incineration of a dead body

crematorium |ˌkreməˈtɔːriəm| — a mortuary where corpses are cremated

crematory |ˈkremətəri| — a mortuary where corpses are cremated

crenel |ˈkren(ə)l| — one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)

crenelate |ˈkrenəˌlet| — supply with battlements

crenellate |ˈkrɛn(ə)leɪt| — supply with battlements

crenelle |krɪˈnel| — one of a series of rounded projections (or the notches between them) formed by curves along an edge (as the edge of a leaf or piece of cloth or the margin of a shell or a shriveled red blood cell observed in a hypertonic solution etc.)

crenulated  — having a margin with small rounded teeth

Creole |ˈkriːoʊl| — a person of European descent born in the West Indies or Latin America

creosote |ˈkriːəsoʊt| — a colorless or yellowish oily liquid obtained by distillation of wood tar; used as an antiseptic

crepe |kreɪp| — paper with a crinkled texture; usually colored and used for decorations

crepitate |ˈkrepɪteɪt| — make a crackling sound

crepitation |ˌkrepɪˈteɪʃn| — the sharp sound of snapping noises

crepuscle  — the time of day immediately following sunset

crepuscular |krɪˈpʌskjələr| — like twilight; dim

crepuscule |ˈkrɛpəskjuːl| — the time of day immediately following sunset

crescendo |krəˈʃendoʊ| — (music) a gradual increase in loudness

crescent |ˈkresnt| — any shape resembling the curved shape of the moon in its first or last quarters

cress |kres| — any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste

crest |krest| — the top line of a hill, mountain, or wave

crested |ˈkrestɪd| — bearing an heraldic device

crestfallen |ˈkrestfɔːlən| — brought low in spirit

cretaceous |krɪˈteɪʃəs| — from 135 million to 63 million years ago; end of the age of reptiles; appearance of modern insects and flowering plants

Cretan |ˈkriːtn| — a native or inhabitant of Crete

cretin |ˈkriːtn| — a person of subnormal intelligence

cretinism |ˈkriːtnɪzəm| — severe hypothyroidism resulting in physical and mental stunting

cretinous |ˈkretɪnəs| — afflicted with cretinism

cretonne |ˈkretɒn| — an unglazed heavy fabric; brightly printed; used for slipcovers and draperies

crevasse |krəˈvæs| — a deep fissure

crevice |ˈkrevɪs| — a long narrow depression in a surface

crew |kruː| — the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)

crewman |ˈkruːmən| — any member of a ship's crew

crib |krɪb| — baby bed with high sides made of slats

crick |krɪk| — a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British)

cricket |ˈkrɪkɪt| — leaping insect; male makes chirping noises by rubbing the forewings together

crier |ˈkraɪər| — a person who weeps

crime |kraɪm| — (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

criminal |ˈkrɪmɪnl| — someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

criminality |ˌkrɪmɪˈnæləti| — the state of being a criminal

criminalize |ˈkrɪmɪnəlaɪz| — treat as a criminal

criminally |ˈkrɪmɪnəli| — in a shameful manner

criminate |ˈkrɪməneɪt| — bring an accusation against; level a charge against

criminative |ˈkrɪməˌneɪtɪv| — charging or suggestive of guilt or blame

criminatory |krɪmənəˌtɔːriː| — charging or suggestive of guilt or blame

criminology |ˌkrɪmɪˈnɑːlədʒi| — the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior and law enforcement

crimp |krɪmp| — an angular or rounded shape made by folding

crimper |ˈkrɪmpə| — someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers

crimson |ˈkrɪmzn| — a deep and vivid red color

cringe |krɪndʒ| — draw back, as with fear or pain

cringing |ˈkrɪndʒɪŋ| — totally submissive

cringle |ˈkrɪŋɡəl| — fastener consisting of a metal ring for lining a small hole to permit the attachment of cords or lines

crinkle |ˈkrɪŋkl| — a slight depression or fold in the smoothness of a surface

crinkly |ˈkrɪŋkli| — uneven by virtue of having wrinkles or waves

crinoline |ˈkrɪnəlɪn| — a skirt stiffened with hoops

cripple |ˈkrɪpl| — someone who is unable to walk normally because of an injury or disability to the legs or back

crippled |ˈkrip(ə)ld| — disabled in the feet or legs

crippling |ˈkrɪpəlɪŋ| — that cripples or disables or incapacitates

crisis |ˈkraɪsɪs| — an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

crisp |krɪsp| — a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat

crisply |ˈkrɪspli| — in a well delineated manner

crispness |ˈkrɪspnəs| — a pleasing firmness and freshness

crispy |ˈkrɪspi| — tender and brittle

crisscross |ˈkrɪsˌkrɔs| — a marking that consists of lines that cross each other

criterion |kraɪˈtɪriən| — a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

critic |ˈkrɪtɪk| — a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art

critical |ˈkrɪtɪkl| — urgently needed; absolutely necessary

critically |ˈkrɪtɪkli| — in a critical manner

criticism |ˈkrɪtɪsɪzəm| — disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

criticize |ˈkrɪtɪsaɪz| — find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

critique |krɪˈtiːk| — an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)

critter |ˈkrɪtər| — a regional term for `creature' (especially for domestic animals)

croak |kroʊk| — a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog)

croaker |ˈkrokər| — the lean flesh of a saltwater fish caught along Atlantic coast of southern U.S.

Croat |ˈkroˌɑːt| — a member of the Slavic people living in Croatia

Croatian |kroˈeɪʃən| — a member of the Slavic people living in Croatia

crochet |kroʊˈʃeɪ| — needlework done by interlocking looped stitches with a hooked needle

crock |krɑːk| — a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink

crocked |krɒkt| — very drunk

crockery |ˈkrɑːkəri| — tableware (eating and serving dishes) collectively

crocket |ˈkrɑːkɪt| — an architectural ornament of curved foliage used at the edge of a spire or gable

crockett |ˈkrɑːkət| — United States frontiersman and Tennessee politician who died at the siege of the Alamo (1786-1836)

crocodile |ˈkrɑːkədaɪl| — large voracious aquatic reptile having a long snout with massive jaws and sharp teeth and a body covered with bony plates; of sluggish tropical waters

crocodilian |ˌkrɑːkəˈdɪliːən| — extant archosaurian reptile

crocus |ˈkroʊkəs| — any of numerous low-growing plants of the genus Crocus having slender grasslike leaves and white or yellow or purple flowers; native chiefly to the Mediterranean region but widely cultivated

Croesus |ˈkriːsəs| — last king of Lydia (died in 546 BC)

croft |krɔːft| — a small farm worked by a crofter

crofter |ˈkrɔːftər| — an owner or tenant of a small farm in Great Britain

cromlech |ˈkrɑːmlek| — a prehistoric megalithic tomb typically having two large upright stones and a capstone

crone |kroʊn| — an ugly evil-looking old woman

crony |ˈkroʊni| — a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities

cronyism |ˈkroʊniɪzəm| — favoritism shown to friends and associates (as by appointing them to positions without regard for their qualifications)

crook |krʊk| — someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

crookback |ˈkrʊkbak| — a person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine

crookbacked  — characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column

crooked |ˈkrʊkɪd| — irregular in shape or outline

crookedness |ˈkrʊkədnəs| — a tortuous and twisted shape or position

croon |kruːn| — sing softly

crooner |ˈkruːnər| — a singer of popular ballads

crop |krɑːp| — the yield from plants in a single growing season

crop out |ˈkrɑːp ˈaʊt| — appear at the surface

crop up |ˈkrɑːp ʌp| — appear suddenly or unexpectedly

cropper |ˈkrɑːpər| — small farmers and tenants

croquet |kroʊˈkeɪ| — a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops; the winner is the first to traverse all the hoops and hit a peg

croquette |kroʊˈket| — minced cooked meats (or vegetables) in thick white sauce; breaded and deep-fried

crosier |ˈkroʊzɪər| — a staff surmounted by a crook or cross carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office

cross |krɔːs| — a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece

cross off |ˈkrɑːs ˈɒf| — remove from a list

cross out |ˈkrɑːs ˈaʊt| — remove from a list

cross-country |ˈkrɔs ˈkʌntri| — not following tracks or roads

cross-cultural |ˌkrɒsˈkʌltʃ(ə)r(ə)l| — dealing with or comparing two or more cultures

cross-examination |ˌkrɒs ɪgˌzæmɪˈneɪʃən| — (law) close questioning of a hostile witness in a court of law to discredit or throw a new light on the testimony already provided in direct examination

cross-eyed |ˈkrɔsˌɑɪd| — having convergent strabismus

cross-fertilize |ˌkrɒs ˈfɝːtəlaɪz| — undergo cross-fertilization; become fertile

cross-grained |ˌkrɒs ˈɡreɪnd| — difficult to deal with

cross-legged |ˌkrɔːs ˈleɡd| — with the legs crossed

cross-pollinate |krɒˈspɑːləˌnet| — fertilize by transfering pollen

cross-question |ˌkrɒs ˈkwestʃən| — a question asked in cross-examination

cross-section |ˈkrɔsˌsekʃən| — representing a plane made by cutting across something at right angles to its length

cross-sectional  — representing a plane made by cutting across something at right angles to its length

cross-stitch |ˈkrɒs stɪtʃ| — two stitches forming a cross or X

crossbar |ˈkrɔːsbɑːr| — a horizontal bar that goes across something

crossbeam |ˈkrɒsbiːm| — a horizontal beam that extends across something

crossbencher  — a member of the House of Commons who does not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition

crossbill |ˈkrɒˌsbɪl| — finch with a bill whose tips cross when closed

crossbones |ˈkrɔːsboʊnz| — two crossed bones (or a representation of two crossed bones) used as a symbol danger or death

crossbow |ˈkrɔːsboʊ| — a bow fixed transversely on a wooden stock grooved to direct the arrow (quarrel)

crossbred |ˈkrɒsbred| — bred from parents of different varieties or species

crossbreed |ˈkrɒsbriːd| — (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species

crossbreeding |ˈkrɒsbriːdɪŋ| — (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids

crosscurrent |ˈkrɒˌskərənt| — a stretch of turbulent water in a river or the sea caused by one current flowing into or across another current

crosscut |ˈkrɒskʌt| — a diagonal path

crossed |ˈkrɒst| — placed crosswise

crossfire |ˈkrɔːsfaɪər| — a lively or heated interchange of ideas and opinions

crosshead |ˈkrɔːsˌhed| — a heading of a subsection printed within the body of the text

crossing |ˈkrɔːsɪŋ| — traveling across

crossly |ˈkrɒsli| — in an ill-natured manner

crossness |ˈkrɒsnəs| — an irritable petulant feeling

crossover |ˈkrɔːsoʊvər| — the interchange of sections between pairing homologous chromosomes during the prophase of meiosis

crosspiece |ˈkrɔːspiːs| — a horizontal beam that extends across something

crossroad |ˈkrɒsroʊd| — a junction where one street or road crosses another

crossroads |ˈkrɔːsroʊdz| — a community of people smaller than a village

crossway |ˈkrɒsweɪ| — a junction where one street or road crosses another

crossways |ˈkrɒˌswez| — transversely

crosswise |ˈkrɔːswaɪz| — in the shape of (a horizontal piece on) a cross

crossword |ˈkrɔːswɜːrd| — a puzzle in which words corresponding to numbered clues are to be found and written in to squares in the puzzle

crotch |krɑːtʃ| — the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches

crotchet |ˈkrɑːtʃɪt| — a sharp curve or crook; a shape resembling a hook

crotchety |ˈkrɑːtʃəti| — having a difficult and contrary disposition

crouch |kraʊtʃ| — the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body

croup |kruːp| — a disease of infants and young children; harsh coughing and hoarseness and fever and difficult breathing

croupe |kruːp| — the part of an animal that corresponds to the human buttocks

croupier |ˈkruːpieɪ| — someone who collects and pays bets at a gaming table

crow |kroʊ| — black birds having a raucous call

crowbar |ˈkroʊbɑːr| — a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge

crowd |kraʊd| — a large number of things or people considered together

crowd out |ˈkraʊd ˈaʊt| — press, force, or thrust out of a small space

crowded |ˈkraʊdɪd| — overfilled or compacted or concentrated

crowding |ˈkraʊdɪŋ| — a situation in which people or things are crowded together

crowfoot |ˈkroʊˌfʊt| — any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus

crown |kraʊn| — the Crown (or the reigning monarch) as the symbol of the power and authority of a monarchy

crowned |ˈkraʊnd| — having an (artificial) crown on a tooth

crucial |ˈkruːʃl| — having crucial relevance

crucially |ˈkruːʃəli| — to a crucial degree

cruciate |ˈkruːʃiːɪt| — shaped like a cross

crucible |ˈkruːsɪbl| — a vessel made of material that does not melt easily; used for high temperature chemical reactions

cruciferous |kruːˈsɪfərəs| — of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Cruciferae

crucifix |ˈkruːsəfɪks| — representation of the cross on which Jesus died

crucifixion |ˌkruːsəˈfɪkʃn| — the act of executing by a method widespread in the ancient world; the victim's hands and feet are bound or nailed to a cross

cruciform |ˈkruːsɪfɔːrm| — shaped like a cross

crucify |ˈkruːsɪfaɪ| — kill by nailing onto a cross

crud |krʌd| — heavy wet snow that is unsuitable for skiing

crude |kruːd| — a dark oil consisting mainly of hydrocarbons

crudely |ˈkruːdli| — in a crude or unrefined manner

crudity |ˈkruːdəti| — a wild or unrefined state

cruel |ˈkruːəl| — (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

cruelly |ˈkruːəli| — excessively

cruelty |ˈkruːəlti| — a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering

cruet |ˈkruːɪt| — bottle that holds wine or oil or vinegar for the table

cruet-stand |ˈkruːɪt stænd| — a stand for cruets containing various condiments

cruise |kruːz| — an ocean trip taken for pleasure

cruiser |ˈkruːzər| — a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters

cruiserweight |ˈkruːzəweɪt| — a professional boxer who weighs between 169 and 175 pounds

cruller |ˈkrələr| — small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts

crumb |krʌm| — a very small quantity of something

crumble |ˈkrʌmbl| — fall apart

crumbly |ˈkrʌmbli| — easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder

crummy |ˈkrʌmi| — of very poor quality; flimsy

crump |krəmp| — make a noise typical of an engine lacking lubricants

crumpet |ˈkrʌmpɪt| — a thick soft cake with a porous texture; cooked on a griddle

crumple |ˈkrʌmpl| — fall apart

crumpled |ˈkrʌmpəld| — of metal e.g.

crunch |krʌntʃ| — the sound of something crunching

crupper |ˈkrəpər| — a strap from the back of a saddle passing under the horse's tail; prevents saddle from slipping forward

crural |ˈkrʊrəl| — of or relating the leg from the knee to the foot

crusade |kruːˈseɪd| — a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end

crusader |kruːˈseɪdər| — a disputant who advocates reform

cruse |ˈkruːz| — small jar; holds liquid (oil or water)

crush |krʌʃ| — leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated

crush out |ˈkrəʃ ˈaʊt| — extinguish by crushing

crushed |ˈkrəʃt| — treated so as to have a permanently wrinkled appearance

crusher |ˈkrʌʃər| — a device that crushes something

crushing |ˈkrʌʃɪŋ| — forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority

crust |krʌst| — the outer layer of the Earth

Crustacea |krəˈsteɪʃiːə| — class of mandibulate arthropods including: lobsters; crabs; shrimps; woodlice; barnacles; decapods; water fleas

crustacean |krʌˈsteɪʃn| — any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton

crusted |ˈkrʌstɪd| — having a hardened crust as a covering

crusty |ˈkrʌsti| — having a hardened crust as a covering

crutch |krʌtʃ| — a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground; used by disabled person while walking

crux |krʌks| — a small conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere in the Milky Way near Centaurus

cry |kraɪ| — a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition

cry out |ˈkraɪ ˈaʊt| — utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy

crybaby |ˈkraɪbeɪbi| — a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy

crying |ˈkraɪɪŋ| — the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)

cryogenic |ˌkraɪəˈdʒenɪk| — of or relating to very low temperatures

cryogenics |ˌkraɪəˈdʒenɪks| — the branch of physics that studies the phenomena that occur at very low temperatures

cryolite |ˈkraɪəˌlaɪt| — a white mineral consisting of fluorides of aluminum and sodium; a source of fluorine

crypt |krɪpt| — a cellar or vault or underground burial chamber (especially beneath a church)

cryptic |ˈkrɪptɪk| — of an obscure nature

cryptogam |ˈkriptəˌɡam| — formerly recognized taxonomic group including all flowerless and seedless plants that reproduce by means of spores: ferns, mosses, algae, fungi

cryptogram |ˈkriptəˌɡram| — a piece of writing in code or cipher

cryptograph |ˈkriptəˌɡraf| — a secret method of writing

cryptographer |krɪpˈtɒɡrəfə| — decoder skilled in the analysis of codes and cryptograms

cryptography |krɪpˈtɑːɡrəfi| — the science of analyzing and deciphering codes and ciphers and cryptograms

cryptologist  — decoder skilled in the analysis of codes and cryptograms

crystal |ˈkrɪstl| — a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure

crystalline |ˈkrɪstəlaɪn| — distinctly or sharply outlined

crystallite |ˈkrɪsˌtlaɪt| — any of numerous minute rudimentary crystalline bodies of unknown composition found in glassy igneous rock

crystallization |ˌkrɪstəlaɪˈzeɪʃən| — the formation of crystals

crystallize |ˈkrɪstəlaɪz| — cause to take on a definite and clear shape

crystallography |ˌkrɪstəˈlɑːɡrəfi| — the branch of science that studies the formation and structure of crystals