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spasm, cramp, muscle spasm (noun)
a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued
cramp, cramp iron (verb)
a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together
secure with a cramp
"cramp the wood"
hamper, halter, cramp, strangle (verb)
prevent the progress or free movement of
"He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
affect with or as if with a cramp
suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
A painful contraction of a muscle which cannot be controlled.
A clamp for carpentry or masonry.
To prohibit movement or expression.
(of a muscle) To contract painfully and uncontrollably.
To restrain to a specific physical position, as if with a cramp.
Cramps are unpleasant, often painful sensations caused by muscle contraction or overshortening. Common causes of skeletal muscle cramps may include muscle fatigue, low sodium, low potassium, and/or low magnesium. Smooth muscle cramps may be due to menstruation or gastroenteritis.