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crabbing (See crab)


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 [syn: crabby person]
3 (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer [syn: Cancer]
4 the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22 [syn: Cancer, Cancer the Crab]
5 the edible flesh of any of various crabs [syn: crabmeat]
6 infests the pubic region of the human body [syn: crab louse, pubic louse, Phthirius pubis]
7 a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply; "he caught a crab and lost the race"


1 direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
2 scurry sideways like a crab
3 fish for crab
4 complain; "What was he hollering about?" [syn: gripe, grouse, beef, squawk, bellyache, holler] [also: crabbing, crabbed]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of crab

Extensive Definition

The water-dwelling creatures commonly known as crabs are decapod crustaceans. Other zoological uses include:
Crab may also refer to:


  • Crab louse, a type of louse often found in pubic hair. Commonly referred to collectively as "crabs".

Sports and entertainment

  • A faulty rowing stroke in which the oar is pulled round past the oarsman.
  • An athletic move akin to the float in breakdancing.
  • Maritime and climbing slang for a carabiner.
  • Giant Enemy Crab, an internet meme that also appears in the video game Genji 2.
  • "Krabe", one of the monsters in the animated TV series Code Lyoko.

Science and technology

  • The constellation Cancer.
  • Crab Nebula, the supernova remnant found in the constellation Taurus.
  • Crab banana in botany.
  • Any of various machines used to hoist heavy objects.
  • Crab landing, a method of landing a fixed-wing aircraft in a crosswind, so named as it resembles the crustacean crab's sideways alignment.
  • Crab (cipher), an encryption algorithm based on MD5.
  • LMS Hughes Crab, a class of steam locomotive.
  • A type of "itching" used by turntablists that involves flickering the crossfader between the thumb and fingers (starting with the little finger and ending with the index finger).
  • An instruction given by a film director or television director to a camera operator requiring a sideways movement of the camera (resembling a crustacean crab).
  • Sherman Crab, a British World War II mine-clearing tank.


  • "Crabs", a nickname given to the Royal Air Force by the British Army and Royal Navy.
  • A synonym for "grouch".
  • An insult directed by the Los Angeles "Bloods" street gang toward their rivals the "Crips".
crabbing in Catalan: Cranc (desambiguació)
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