Crease Crease, n. [Cf. LG. krus, G. krause, crispness, krausen, kr[aum]usen, to crisp, curl, lay on folds; or perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. kriz a wrinkle, crease, kriza to wrinkle, fold, W. crych a wrinkle, crychu to rumple, ripple, crease.] 1. A line or mark made by folding or doubling any pliable substance; hence, a similar mark, however produced. [1913 Webster]

2. (Cricket) One of the lines serving to define the limits of the bowler and the striker. [1913 Webster]

3. (Lacrosse) The combination of four lines forming a rectangle inclosing either goal, or the inclosed space itself, within which no attacking player is allowed unless the ball is there; -- called also {goal crease}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Bowling crease} (Cricket), a line extending three feet four inches on each side of the central strings at right angles to the line between the wickets.

{Return crease} (Cricket), a short line at each end of the bowling crease and at right angles to it, extending toward the bowler.

{Popping crease} (Cricket),, a line drawn in front of the wicket, four feet distant from it, parallel to the bowling crease and at least as long as the latter. --J. H. Walsh (Encyc. of Rural Sports). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Crease — Crease, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Creased} (kr?st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Creasing}.] To make a crease or mark in, as by folding or doubling. [1913 Webster] Creased, like dog s ears in a folio. Gray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crease — ► NOUN 1) a line or ridge produced on paper, cloth, etc. by folding, pressing, or crushing. 2) Cricket any of a number of lines marked on the pitch at specified places. ► VERB 1) make a crease in. 2) become creased. 3) (crease up) Brit. i …   English terms dictionary

  • crease — crease1 [krēs] n. [earlier creaste, lit., ridge < ME creste, crece,CREST] 1. a line, mark, or ridge made by folding and pressing cloth, paper, etc. [the crease in trousers] 2. a fold or wrinkle [creases in a jowl] 3. Cricket any of the lines… …   English World dictionary

  • Crease — (kr[=e]s), n. See {Creese}. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crease — [n] fold, wrinkle bend, bulge, cockle, corrugation, furrow, groove, line, overlap, pleat, plica, pucker, ridge, rimple, rivel, ruck, rugosity, tuck; concepts 452,757 crease [v] fold, rumple bend, cockle, corrugate, crimp, crinkle, crumple, dog… …   New thesaurus

  • crease — (n.) 1660s, altered from creaste a ridge, perhaps a variant of CREST (Cf. crest), via meaning a fold in a length of cloth (mid 15c.) which produced a crest. As a verb, from 1580s. Related: Creased; creasing …   Etymology dictionary

  • crease — I UK [kriːs] / US [krɪs] noun Word forms crease : singular crease plural creases 1) [countable] a line made on cloth or paper when it is folded or crushed 2) [countable] a line on someone s skin, especially on the face She has creases at the… …   English dictionary

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