crease

noun
\ ˈkrēs How to pronounce crease (audio) \

Definition of crease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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)

crease

verb
creased; creasing

Definition of crease (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from crease

Noun

creaseless \ ˈkrēs-​ləs How to pronounce crease (audio) \ adjective

Verb

creaser noun

Synonyms for crease

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of crease in a Sentence

Noun He ironed his pants to make the creases sharp. a crease in the paper tiny creases at the corners of his eyes Players from the opposing team may not enter the crease. The batsman moved out of the crease. Verb a neatly creased pair of pants The pages of the book were stained and creased. She looked up, her face creasing into a smile.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the backfield, Raheem Mostert is one of the fastest running backs in the NFL who can turn a small crease into a long touchdown at any moment. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 bold predictions for Cowboys-49ers, which is a difficult matchup for Dallas on paper," 18 Dec. 2020 After two years of tinkering a crease-free formula with a lab in California, Blunder was able to produce just that and house it in a glass jar. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Makeup Artist Monika Blunder Just Launched the Clean Foundation of Our Dreams," 30 Nov. 2020 For a cleaner look, fold at least a half-inch of wrapping paper under, using your fingernail or a bone folder tool to create a sharp crease. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Perfectly Wrap a Gift for Christmas and Beyond," 18 Dec. 2020 Grab your right upper arm with your left elbow crease to pull your right arm across your body. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "Relieve tight shoulders with this 5-minute routine," 15 Dec. 2020 Shafer says there are two types of laugh lines: the nasolabial crease and the nasolabial fold. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Get Rid of Laugh Lines With Five Expert-Approved Tips," 27 Nov. 2020 Nikita Kucherov and Point picked up assists as Ondrej Palat skated across the crease and deposited the puck behind Stars goalie Anton Khudobin. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Corey Perry scores twice, Joe Pavelski sets record as Stars stay alive against Lightning," 27 Sep. 2020 These factors contribute to the epidermal thinning, loss of elasticity, and skin fragility that cause the skin to crease. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Treating Wrinkles," 5 Nov. 2020 Now grab a fluffy eye shadow brush, such as Real Techniques Eye Shade and Blend Duo ($9, Ulta), and apply a medium-tone eye shadow, like a brown or a taupe, on top of the eyeliner, blending the color toward the crease. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, "Your Fool-Proof Guide to Gorgeous Smoky Eyes Every Time," 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lenovo also didn’t want the display to crease as it was folded. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The first foldable PC is here: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold goes on preorder," 29 Sep. 2020 Next, fold the piece of fabric in half and make sure to crease it. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Video Shows You How to Make a Face Mask Using a Pillowcase in Under 60 Seconds," 20 July 2020 Eyeliner especially has a penchant to crease, smear, and smudge because — even though no one ever talks about it — eyelids are sweaty little bastards. Sable Yong, Allure, "The 17 Best Waterproof Eyeliners, According to Makeup Artists," 10 July 2020 Sam stretches up to the counter on tiptoe, creasing boot leather. New York Times, "‘How Much of These Hills Is Gold,’ by C Pam Zhang: An Excerpt," 7 Apr. 2020 That Need Attention: Skip slathering your entire face (unless your skin is especially oily), and target your T-zone—being sure to hit the lower half of your forehead, the sides of your nose, chin, and eyelids if your shadow tends to crease. Amber Kallor, Marie Claire, "The Foundation Mistake Almost All Women Make," 28 Apr. 2017 Step 2: Leave the bottom edge folded, but crease the top edge and unfold. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Four Easy Ways to Make a No-Sew Face Mask," 7 Apr. 2020 Yes, Jun Takahashi at Undercover created sinisterly beautiful black suits with spider webs creased into their surfaces, as though making uniforms for a sect of stealth assassins. New York Times, "Next Stop, Fashion Disney," 25 June 2019 The 2020 Moto Razr wowed us with its fancy hinge design that allowed the phone to fold but didn't crease the display. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Leaked images of new Samsung foldable surfaces: It’s a flip phone," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of crease

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1588, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for crease

Noun

probably alteration of earlier creaste, from Middle English creste crest

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Time Traveler for crease

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The first known use of crease was in 1578

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Last Updated

16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Crease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crease. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for crease

crease

noun
How to pronounce crease (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line or mark made by folding, pressing, or crushing something (such as cloth or a piece of paper)
: a line or fold in someone's skin
: an area around or in front of a goal in some games (such as hockey)

crease

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fold, press, or crush (something, such as cloth or a piece of paper) so that a line or mark is formed : to put a crease in (something)
: to make a line or fold in (someone's skin)

crease

noun
\ ˈkrēs How to pronounce crease (audio) \

Kids Definition of crease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line or mark made by folding, pressing, or wrinkling

crease

verb
creased; creasing

Kids Definition of crease (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a line or lines in or on I used an iron to crease my pants. Judd's mom creased her forehead.— Margo Sorenson, Firewatch

crease

noun
\ ˈkrēs How to pronounce crease (audio) \

Medical Definition of crease

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line or mark made by or as if by folding a pliable substance (as the skin)

crease

verb
creased; creasing

Medical Definition of crease (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a crease in or on aging had creased her face

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