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Crab appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Bar: canoe on a crab.
  • But at Embarcadero, bored, a crab met a tub.
  • He’s so bored, a crab menaces animals if I slam (in a sec) an embarcadero boss, eh?
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb crab:


The word crab is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun crab

What does crab mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: crabs

  1. decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
  2. a quarrelsome grouch
  3. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer
  4. the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22
  5. the edible flesh of any of various crabs
  6. a louse that infests the pubic region of the human body
  7. a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
    • example: he caught a crab and lost the race
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: row / rowing = the act of rowing as a sport

Alternative definition of the noun crab


  1. [zoology] A crustacean of the infraorder Brachyura, having five pairs of legs, the foremost of which are in the form of claws, and a carapace.
  2. A bad-tempered person.
  3. [context: in plural 'crabs', informal] An infestation of pubic lice.
  4. [slang] A playing card with the rank of three.
  5. Short for carabiner.
  6. [context: rowing] A position in rowing where the oar is pushed under the rigger by the force of the water.
  7. The crab apple or wild apple.
  8. The tree bearing crab apples, which has a dogbane-like bitter bark with medical use.
  9. The tree species Carapa guianensis, native of South America.

Definition of the verb crab

What does crab mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: crabbed, crabbing

  1. direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
  2. scurry sideways like a crab
  3. fish for crab
  4. complain
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]Susan complained
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained, 'The mail didn't come today.' | Ellen warned, 'Avoid that hole in the sidewalk.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]Ellen warned that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled that the party would be tonight | Heather cabled to come | Heather cabled when to send the package | Susan complained that the party would be tonight | Susan whispered that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic]Ellen complained about the situation
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen complained about the situation to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]Susan complained to Rachel
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Ellen complained to Helen, 'The mail didn't come today.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, that-complement clause]Heather cabled to Sara that the party would be tonight | Susan complained to Rachel that the party would be tonight
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] about [Topic]The prime minister complained to the former president about U.S. interference in his country's affairs

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): bellyache, bitch, boast, brag, complain, gripe, grouch, grouse, grumble, kvetch, moan, object, whine.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of crab: beef / bellyache / bitch / gripe / grouse / holler / squawk
    • more generic terms: complain / kick / kvetch / plain / quetch / sound off = express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

Alternative definition of the verb crab


  1. [intransitive] To fish for crabs.
  2. [intransitive] To complain.
  3. [intransitive] (by analogy with the movement of a crab) To move sideways of an aircraft, such as a glider.
  4. [transitive] (by analogy with the movement of a crab) To navigate (an aircraft, e.g. a glider) sideways against an air current in order to maintain a straight-line course.
  5. [obsolete] In World War 1, to fly slightly off the straight-line course towards an enemy aircraft, as the machine guns on early aircraft did not allow firing through the propeller disk.
  6. [rare] To back out of something.
  7. (obsolete) To irritate, make surly or sour
  8. To be ill-tempered; to complain or find fault.
  9. (British dialect) To cudgel or beat, as with a crabstick


Crab also known as Old Crab and Mr. Panton's Crab was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. After retiring from racing he became a successful stallion and was British Champion sire in 1748, 1749 and 1750. He was owned by the 1st Earl of Portmore until purchased by Mr. Cotton and then Thomas Panton.

  • also known as Mr. Panton's Crab, Old Crab
  • born in (293 years ago), child of Alcock's Arabian
  • died in (264 years ago)


  1. Crab a.k.a. Max is a fictional character from the 2006 film Shark Bait.
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  2. Crab is a fictional character in the 1947/2010 crime thriller drama film Brighton Rock.
  3. Crab is a fictional character from the 1975 film Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.
  4. Crab is a fictional character from the 2000 animated comedy film A Fish Tale.
  5. Crab is a fictional character from the book Somewhere in the Darkness.
  6. Crab is a fictional character from the 1994 film Motorcycle Gang.
  7. Crab is a fictional character from the 1995 film Blue Juice.
  8. Crab is a fictional character from the Ice Age series.
  9. Crab: Carb is a fictional character in the 2010 film hunt to Kill.

There are other characters with in their name, like Snow Crab.


"Crab" a.k.a. "The Crab" is a book published in 2001 that was written by Stan Brown.


"Crab" is a 2005 animated short film directed by Luis Sartori do Vale.

  • genre: Animation
  • released in (10 years ago)


"Crab" is a composition.


Who is Crab?

Crab is a musical artist.

  • profession: Musician
  • member of musical group Bleak (Guitar) until


Crab a.k.a. Crab, Virginia: Crab is an unincorporated community in Gloucester County, in the U. S. state of Virginia.


  1. Crab: A Crab is a standard astrophotometrical unit for measurement of the intensity of Astrophysical X-ray sources. One Crab is defined as the intensity of the Crab Nebula at the corresponding X-ray photon energy.
  2. Crab: In cryptography, Crab is a block cipher proposed by Burt Kaliski and Matt Robshaw at the first Fast Software Encryption workshop in 1993. Not really intended for use, Crab was developed to demonstrate how ideas from hash functions could be used to create a fast cipher.
  3. Crab: A crab is a type of scratch used by turntablists. It is made from a combination of moving the record on the turntable by hand and quick movement of the crossfader.
  4. Crab a.k.a. Krabby: are one of the fictional species of Pokᅢᄅmon creatures from the multi-billion-dollar Pokᅢᄅmon media franchise ¬タモ a collection of video game, anime, manga, books, trading card and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri. The purpose of Krabby in the games, anime and manga, as with all other Pokᅢᄅmon, is to battle both wild Pokᅢᄅmon, untamed creatures encountered while the player passes through various environments, and tamed Pokᅢᄅmon owned by Pokᅢᄅmon trainer.
  5. The Crab is the name given to a body position sometimes seen in basic gymnastics, yoga, and breakdancing. The body is supinated so that the back turns to the ground, the legs are bent like sitting in a chair, and the arms extend straight backward. Only the feet and hands touch the ground, and the torso is held parallel with the ground. The position's name originates from that of a crab.
  6. Crab is a print ad.
  7. Crab: A Magic the Gathering card type.
  8. Crab is a 1999 JBF Awards nominated article by Molly Culbertson & Karen MacNeil.

Phrases with Crab

Phrases starting with the word Crab:

  1. Crab boil
  2. crab legs
  3. crab apple
  4. Crab canon
  5. crab grass

Phrases ending with the word Crab:

  1. Mud Crab
  2. pea crab
  3. blue crab
  4. Chip Crab
  5. Hair Crab
  6. iowa crab
  7. King crab
  8. lady crab
  9. Moss Crab
  10. rock crab
  11. Sand Crab
  12. Snow Crab
  13. Soft Crab
  14. wild crab
  15. Yeti Crab

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Crab

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Google previewHarmonic Trading, Volume One (2010)

Profiting from the Natural Order of the Financial Markets by Scott M. Carney

The Crab is a distinct 5point extension structure that utilizes a 1.618 projection of the XA leg exclusively. This is the most critical...

Google previewTurning Patterns into Profits with Harmonic Trading (Collection) (2012)

by Scott M. Carney

The Crab is a distinct 5point extension structure that utilizes a 1.618 projection of the XA leg exclusively. This is the most critical...

Google previewAnimate Creation (1885)

Popular Edition of "Our Living World" a Natural History by John George Wood

Such a crab is the Ixa Cylindrus. On each...

Google previewA New Medical Dictionary Or General Repository of Physic Etc. (with Fig.)- London, Johnson 1775 (1775)

The crab is an exanguious fish, of the oviparous kind, and is amphibious. Crabs, lobfters and craw fish, are greedy of flesh ; they eat frogs, and if they meet a carcafe, though it lays out of the water, they never leave it until the whole is confumed.

Google previewthe penny magazine of the society for the duffusion of useful knowledge (1837)

The common crab is the type of a class of crustaceous animals whose external covering is of a medium degree of firmness, between the solidity of the tortoise and the hard substance by which some of the mollusks are protected. From the ...

Google previewCreeps of the Deep (2009)

Explore the Ocean's Strangest Creatures by Charles Piddock

The yeti crab is a cousin of the better-known hermit. Chapter 6 Gardens of the Dark Sea.

Google previewLost Animals (2013)

Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller

wrote: The chief enemy of the hermit crab is a small bird known as the wingless rail, dusty brown in colour, a bit larger than a sparrow...The rail is a meek-looking little chap but a doughty ...

Google previewIntroduction to the US Food System (2014)

Public Health, Environment, and Equity by Roni Neff

Crabs The blue crab is an important symbol of coastal Maryland, a region defined by the Chesapeake Bay. People gather around papercovered tables, piled with steaming, Old Bay seasoning–encrusted crabs (see figure 9.3).

Google previewMoon Dreams (2003)

by Karen Davies Moonchild

IQIBAR THE CRAB Kabar the crab is a big old ...

Google previewHistory of Life (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The Crab is the name given to a body position sometimes seen in basic gymnastics, yoga, and breakdancing.

Google previewAmerican Cinema/ American Culture (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Crab: A crab is a type of scratch used by turntablists. It is made from a combination of moving the record on the turntable ...

Google previewInternational Wildlife Encyclopedia: Rifleman - sea slug (2002)

by Maurice Burton, Robert Burton

Ihe robber crab, related to hermit crabs, grows up to VA feet (45 cm) long and weighs up to around 9 pounds (4 kg). Its walking legs are broad and strong, as are its claws. Behind the usual crab carapace the abdomen is hard and symmetrical, ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Trees (2005)

Volume 1: North America by M.M. Grandtner

e southern crabapple; narrowleaf crab apple, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biological Invasions (2011)

by Dr. Daniel Simberloff, Dr. Marcel Rejmanek

Larval crab stages (zooea, megalopae) have been found in ship's ballast but are by no means common, and crabs are rarely on hulls. Adult crabs have been found in bottom sediments in ballast tanks and in sea chests and other areas not ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Islands (2009)

by Rosemary G. Gillespie, D. A. Clague

One species, the red land crab Gecarcoidea natalis, determines the dynamics of seedling recruitment, a rare example of single-species dominance of this process in tropical rain forest. SPECIES DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTION Air-breathing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Meat Sciences (2014)

Common edible lobster Common edible crab Pacific coasts of USA and Japan France and Portugal New. Table 2 Zoological name Common name Location Properties/uses Culinary attributes Jasus edwardsii and jverreauxi Panulirus ...

Google previewDictionary of Nature Myths (2000)

Legends of the Earth, Sea, and Sky by Tamra Andrews

CANCER, THE CRAB Cancer is the fourth sign of the zodiac and the hardest to see in the night sky. In ancient Greece, the sun passed through this constellation on the summer solstice, the day the sun shone the longest. This event gave the ...

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Quotes about Crab

If crab don't walk 'bout crab don't eat.
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Scrabble value of C3R1A1B3

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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