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See also: Crisp
- (of something seen or heard) Sharp, clearly defined.
- This new television set has a very crisp image.
- Brittle; friable; in a condition to break with a short, sharp fracture.
- The crisp snow crunched underfoot.
- Possessing a certain degree of firmness and freshness.
- (of weather, air etc.) Dry and cold.
- (of movement, action etc.) Quick and accurate.
- 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0 - 1 Wolverhampton”, in BBC:
- Stephen Ward's crisp finish from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's pass 11 minutes into the second half proved enough to give Mick McCarthy's men a famous victory.
- (of talk, text, etc.) Brief and to the point.
- An expert, given a certain query, will often come up with a crisp answer: “yes” or “no”.
- 1999, John Hampton, Lisa Emerson, Writing Guidelines for Postgraduate Science Students (page 130)
- Another way of writing the last example is 'She brought along her favourite food which is chocolate cake' but this is less concise: colons can give your writing lean, crisp style.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XV, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
- It was plain that the loss of Phyllis Mills, goofy though she unquestionably was, had hit him a shrewd wallop, and I presumed that he was coming to me for sympathy and heart balm, which I would have been only too pleased to dish out. I hoped, of course, that he would make it crisp and remove himself at an early date, for when the moment came for the balloon to go up I didn't want to be hampered by an audience. When you're pushing someone into a lake, nothing embarrasses you more than having the front seats filled up with goggling spectators.
- (of wine) having a refreshing amount of acidity; having less acidity than green wine, but more than a flabby one.
- (obsolete) Lively; sparking; effervescing.
- (dated) Curling in stiff curls or ringlets.
- crisp hair
- (obsolete) Curled by the ripple of water.
- (computing theory) Not using fuzzy logic; based on a binary distinction between true and false.
possessing a degree of firmness and freshness
brief and to the point
of wine: having a refreshing amount of acidity
lively, sparking, effervescing
curling in stiff ringlets
curled by the ripple of water
comptheory: not using fuzzy logic
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crisp (plural crisps)
- (Britain) A thin slice of fried potato eaten as a snack.
- A baked dessert made with fruit and crumb topping
- (food) Anything baked or fried and eaten as a snack
- kale crisps
thin slice of potato — see potato crisp
- (transitive) To make crisp.
- to crisp bacon by frying it
- (intransitive) To become crisp.
- (transitive, dated) To curl; to form into ringlets, for example hair, or the nap of cloth
- (transitive, dated) to interweave, like the branches of trees.
- (intransitive, archaic) To undulate or ripple.
- (transitive, archaic) To cause to undulate irregularly, as crape or water; to wrinkle; to cause to ripple.