Word of the Day


Pronunciation /krɪmp/
[with object]
1 Compress (something) into small folds or ridges.
1.1 Connect (a wire or cable) by squeezing the end or ends.
1.2 Make waves in (someone’s hair) with curling tongs.
2 North American informal Have a limiting or adverse effect on (something)
1 A folded or compressed edge.
1.1 A small connecting piece for crimping wires or lines together.
2 North American informal A restriction or limitation.

put a crimp in
North American informal
Have an adverse effect on.

Old English gecrympan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krimpen ‘shrink, wrinkle’. Of rare occurrence before the 18th century, the word was perhaps reintroduced from Low German or Dutch.


Much of what is delivered to us these days is shipped in cardboard boxes which are made by gluing three sheets of heavy grade Kraft paper together. Crimping the middle sheet forms corrugation, adding significant strength to the boxes.

Another clipart came to my mind after the one featuring cardboard, so, naturally, I could not resist making it. The challenge of making an illustration is part of my daily fun. It wasn’t all that bad. I had made the clipart of pliers before, so today, it was a matter of organizing a twist of two wires along with an electrical crimp connector.

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