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cripple

US dialect a dense thicket, usually in marshy land

Cripple

Any member shorter than most of the others in a structure, such as a stud beneath a window.

cripple

[′krip·əl]
(building construction)
A structural member, such as a stud above a window, that is cut less than full length.

cripple

1. In a building frame, a structural element that is shorter than usual, as a stud above a door opening or below a windowsill.
2. In roofing, a bracket that anchors at the ridge line and carries scaffold platforms for roofing workers.