Cream Cream (kr[=e]m), n. [F. cr[^e]me, perh. fr. LL. crema cream of milk; cf. L. cremor thick juice or broth, perh. akin to cremare to burn.] 1. The rich, oily, and yellowish part of milk, which, when the milk stands unagitated, rises, and collects on the surface. It is the part of milk from which butter is obtained. [1913 Webster]

2. The part of any liquor that rises, and collects on the surface. [R.] [1913 Webster]

3. A delicacy of several kinds prepared for the table from cream, etc., or so as to resemble cream. [1913 Webster]

4. A cosmetic; a creamlike medicinal preparation. [1913 Webster]

In vain she tries her paste and creams, To smooth her skin or hide its seams. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

5. The best or choicest part of a thing; the quintessence; as, the cream of a jest or story; the cream of a collection of books or pictures. [1913 Webster]

Welcome, O flower and cream of knights errant. --Shelton. [1913 Webster]

{Bavarian cream}, a preparation of gelatin, cream, sugar, and eggs, whipped; -- to be eaten cold.

{Cold cream}, an ointment made of white wax, almond oil, rose water, and borax, and used as a salve for the hands and lips.

{Cream cheese}, a kind of cheese made from curd from which the cream has not been taken off, or to which cream has been added.

{Cream gauge}, an instrument to test milk, being usually a graduated glass tube in which the milk is placed for the cream to rise.

{Cream nut}, the Brazil nut.

{Cream of lime}. (a) A scum of calcium carbonate which forms on a solution of milk of lime from the carbon dioxide of the air. (b) A thick creamy emulsion of lime in water.

{Cream of tartar} (Chem.), purified tartar or argol; so called because of the crust of crystals which forms on the surface of the liquor in the process of purification by recrystallization. It is a white crystalline substance, with a gritty acid taste, and is used very largely as an ingredient of baking powders; -- called also {potassium bitartrate}, {acid potassium tartrate}, etc. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • cream — [krēm] n. [ME creme < OFr craime, cresme, prob. a blend of LL(Ec) chrisma (see CHRISM) & VL crama < Celt base (as in Bret crammen, skin, surface), ult. < IE base * (s)ker , to cut > L corium, hide] 1. the oily, yellowish part of milk …   English World dictionary

  • Cream — 〈[ kri:m] f.; ; unz.〉 Creme, Sahne, Rahm [engl.] * * * Cream [kri:m ], die; , s [engl. cream < afrz. cresme, ↑ Creme]: engl. Bez. für: Creme. * * * Cream   [krɪːm, englisch], britisches Rocktrio, gegründet 1966 von dem Gitarristen E. Clapton,… …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Cream — Cream, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Creamed} (kr?md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Creaming}.] 1. To skim, or take off by skimming, as cream. [1913 Webster] 2. To take off the best or choicest part of. [1913 Webster] 3. To furnish with, or as with, cream. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cream — ► NOUN 1) the thick white or pale yellow fatty liquid which rises to the top when milk is left to stand. 2) a dessert or other food containing cream or having a creamy consistency. 3) a thick liquid or semi solid cosmetic or medical preparation.… …   English terms dictionary

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  • Cream — [kri:m] die; , s <aus engl. cream, dies aus altfr. craime, cresme, vgl. ↑Creme> engl. Form von ↑Creme; vgl. ↑Coldcream …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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  • Cream — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Rock, Blues, Psychedelic Gründung Juni 1966 Auflösung November 1968 Neugründung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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