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 creaseless (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 After initially searching for it without any luck, another USO visitor found it in the crease of a recliner about two months later. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "IAH USO provides military a home away from home," 3 Jan. 2020 Opt for a mid-tone shade in the crease of your eye using a fluffy brush. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Makeup Trends for Winter 2019 You Need to Know About, According to MUAs," 19 Dec. 2019 Scaly patches spread between my fingers and in the creases of my elbows. Sophia Moskalenko, Vox, "I was a child of Chernobyl," 2 July 2019 His gleaming boots, the knife crease of his trousers passed within inches of her head. Earl Shorris, Harper's magazine, "El Corralón," 24 June 2019 Telluride Everyone’s favorite little Western ski town, in a scenic crease of the San Juan Mountains, is now on the Epic Pass. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 Pretty pale pink accents, likely drawn in with a pencil on the lips and along the natural crease of her eyes, completed the mod makeup moment. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kristen Stewart’s Subtle New Hair Color Breaks the Beauty Rule Book for Fall," 16 Sep. 2018 The trick is to use dry fingers, and a light hand. Dab your middle finger gently in your shadow, and dab just as gently at the crease of your eyelid. Talia Green, SELF, "11 Beauty Lessons I Learned From My Makeup Artist Mom," 13 Sep. 2018 Extra stitching could denote cheekbones or the creases of age. New York Times, "There Are No Children Here. Just Lots of Life-Size Dolls.," 17 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Couture scored his 10th goal of the season at 11:32 after taking a feed from behind the New York net and patiently skated across the goal crease unmarked before depositing a forehand past Georgiev. Ross Mckeon, SFChronicle.com, "Bob Boughner’s first game with Sharks is loss to Rangers," 12 Dec. 2019 Continue working your way around the edge of the packet, making overlapping folds, like pleats, always pressing firmly and creasing so that the folds hold. Washington Post, "Wrapped in parchment, this elegant fish dish is the gift of a skill that will keep on giving," 9 Dec. 2019 Lang’s fingers carefully crease and manipulate the paper, following a series of intricate steps whose purpose isn’t immediately clear. Wired, "An Origami Artist Shows How to Fold Ultra-Realistic Creatures," 20 Nov. 2019 Fold forming is a process in which the metal is heated and then is bent into designs by creasing it with a ball peen hammer. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Finksburg artist runs gamut from designing clothes and jewelry to painting murals and watercolors," 6 Nov. 2019 Samsung's Galaxy fold was riddled with problems like creasing screens, delaying its official launch. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Samsung shows sneak peek of foldable concept smartphone that shuts like a clamshell," 30 Oct. 2019 The defense finally began to crack late in the third quarter, and the Wildcats allowed speedy USC freshman Kenan Christon to crease a pair of runs in the fourth. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats football: 5 takeaways from loss to USC Trojans," 21 Oct. 2019 Fleury kept the puck out with a sliding cross-crease shoulder save on Juuso Riikola’s power-play chance in the third period. Dan Scifo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fleury shuts out former team; Knights defeat Penguins," 19 Oct. 2019 But today, a quarter-century later, certain memories remain as crisp as the shadows that creased that airless, desolate landscape. Buzz Aldrin, Popular Mechanics, "Why I Walked on the Moon," 20 July 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

8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Crease.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crease. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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