Definitions of crab

  1. complain; " What was he hollering about?"
  2. the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
  3. ( astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
  4. a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply; " he caught a crab and lost the race"
  5. decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
  6. infests the pubic region of the human body
  7. the edible flesh of any of various crabs
  8. a quarrelsome grouch
  9. scurry sideways like a crab
  10. direct ( an aircraft) into a crosswind
  11. The zodiacal constellation Cancer.
  12. A crab apple; -- so named from its harsh taste.
  13. A cudgel made of the wood of the crab tree; a crabstick.
  14. A movable winch or windlass with powerful gearing, used with derricks, etc.
  15. A form of windlass, or geared capstan, for hauling ships into dock, etc.
  16. A machine used in ropewalks to stretch the yarn.
  17. A claw for anchoring a portable machine.
  18. To beat with a crabstick.
  19. To drift sidewise or to leeward, as a vessel.
  20. Sour; rough; austere.
  21. A short tailed, hard shelled animal that lives under water; a crab apple; a name of various mechanical devices or machines; colloquially, a sour, cranky person.
  22. A common shell- fish having ten legs, the front pair terminating in claws: a sign in the zodiac.
  23. A wild bitter apple.
  24. A shell fish with ten legs; the sign Cancer in the zodiac; a small sour variety of apple.
  25. A- 10 footed crustacean having the abdomen or tail folded under the body.
  26. A constellation, Cancer.
  27. A kind of small, sour apple. crabapple.
  28. A tree bearing this fruit.
  29. A crustaceous animal with ten articulated limbs and a short tail; a sign in the zodiac; a species of crane; a wooden engine with three claws, for launching ships, and heaving them into the dock; a pillar used sometimes for the same purpose as a capstan.
  30. The fruit of a wild apple- tree, and so named from its sour taste; a peevish, morose person.
  31. A well- known crustacean or shell- fish; one of the signs of the zodiac; a wild apple; a peevish morose person; an engine with three claws for launching ships.
  32. A wooden apparatus something like a capstan, and used for similar purposes.