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 for cripple
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cripple \Crip"ple\ (kr[i^]p"p'l), n. [OE. cripel, crepel,
     crupel, AS. crypel (akin to D. kreuple, G. kr["u]ppel, Dan.
     kr["o]bling, Icel. kryppill), prop., one that can not walk,
     but must creep, fr. AS. cre['o]pan to creep. See Creep.]
     One who creeps, halts, or limps; one who has lost, or never
     had, the use of a limb or limbs; a lame person; hence, one
     who is partially disabled.
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           I am a cripple in my limbs; but what decays are in my
           mind, the reader must determine.         --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cripple \Crip"ple\, (kr[i^]p"p'l), n. [Local. U. S.]
     (a) Swampy or low wet ground, often covered with brush or
         with thickets; bog.
  
               The flats or cripple land lying between high- and
               low-water lines, and over which the waters of the
               stream ordinarily come and go.       --Pennsylvania
                                                    Law Reports.
     (b) A rocky shallow in a stream; -- a lumberman's term.
         [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cripple \Crip"ple\ (kr[i^]p"p'l), a.
     Lame; halting. [R.] "The cripple, tardy-gaited night."
     --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cripple \Crip"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crippled (-p'ld); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Crippling (-pl?ng).]
     1. To deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or
        foot; to lame.
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              He had crippled the joints of the noble child. --Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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     2. To deprive of strength, activity, or capability for
        service or use; to disable; to deprive of resources; as,
        to be financially crippled.
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              More serious embarrassments . . . were crippling the
              energy of the settlement in the Bay.  --Palfrey.
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              An incumbrance which would permanently cripple the
              body politic.                         --Macaulay.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cripple
      n 1: someone who is unable to walk normally because of an injury
           or disability to the legs or back
      v 1: deprive of strength or efficiency; make useless or
           worthless; "This measure crippled our efforts"; "Their
           behavior stultified the boss's hard work" [syn: cripple,
           stultify]
      2: deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg; "The accident
         has crippled her for life" [syn: cripple, lame]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  101 Moby Thesaurus words for "cripple":
     abate, amputee, attenuate, blunt, bugger, burden, castrate, cramp,
     cumber, damage, damp, dampen, de-energize, deaden, debilitate,
     defective, deformity, devitalize, disable, disarm, disenable,
     dismember, drain, dull, emasculate, embarrass, encumber, enervate,
     enfeeble, enmesh, ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrammel, entrap,
     entwine, eviscerate, exhaust, extenuate, fetter, gruel, hamper,
     hamstring, handicap, handicapped person, hobble, hors de combat,
     idiot, imbecile, immobilize, impair, impede, inactivate, incapable,
     incapacitate, involve, kibosh, lame, lay low, lime, lumber, maim,
     mayhem, mitigate, mutilate, net, paralytic, paraplegic, press down,
     prostrate, put, quadriplegic, queer, queer the works, rattle,
     reduce, sabotage, saddle with, sap, shackle, shake, shake up,
     snarl, soften up, spike, tangle, the crippled, the handicapped,
     toil, trammel, unbrace, undermine, unfit, unman, unnerve,
     unstrengthen, unstring, weaken, weigh down, wing, wreck
  
  

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