crease
I. noun Etymology: probably alteration of earlier creaste, from Middle English creste crest Date: 1578 1. a line, mark, or ridge made by or as if by folding a pliable substance 2. a specially marked area in various sports; especially an area surrounding or in front of a goal (as in lacrosse or hockey) • creaseless adjective II. verb (creased; creasing) Date: 1588 transitive verb 1. to make a crease in or on ; wrinkle <
a smile creased her face
>
2. to wound slightly especially by grazing <
creased by a bullet
>
intransitive verb to become creased • creaser noun

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  • Crease — may refer to: A Line (geometry) or mark made by folding or doubling any pliable substance Crease (band), American hard rock band that formed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1994 Crease (cricket), area demarcated by white lines painted or chalked on …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crease — crease·less; in·crease·ment; crease; de·crease; in·crease; …   English syllables

  • 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

  • crease — [[t]kri͟ːs[/t]] creases, creasing, creased 1) N COUNT: usu pl Creases are lines that are made in cloth or paper when it is crushed or folded. She stood up, frowning at the creases in her silk dress... Papa flattened the creases of the map with… …   English dictionary

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