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

crimp, crinkle, furrow, wrinkle

Synonyms: Verb

crinkle, furrow, rumple, wrinkle

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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

Lars Eller scored the winning goal with 7 minutes 27 seconds remaining, jamming in a loose puck that had slid through Marc-Andre Fleury’s pads and rested at the top of the crease behind him. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "The Washington Capitals, After Years of Frustration, Win the Stanley Cup," 7 June 2018 Later in the period, Crosby had an opening on Elliott's left side, but sent a shot through the crease and wide before smashing his stick on the crossbar in frustration. Tim Hackett, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Flyers Rebound, Jets Soar, Haula a Hero," 14 Apr. 2018 How to Apply Liquid and Cream Foundation For liquids, which are thinner, use a dense-bristled foundation brush to spread the product (again, Gray suggests a dime-size amount) over large areas and blend it into the creases. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "How to Apply Foundation That Makes You Look Younger," 17 Oct. 2017 Fold a piece of paper in half, and pour a small amount of glitter into the crease. 5. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "DIY The Holidays: Glittery Braided Clay Napkin Rings," 11 Dec. 2014 For this look, Vincent creates a blue metallic smoky eye by blending blue shadow shades from the crease to the outer corner of the eye. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "How to Create a Holiday Beauty Look for Under $15," 13 Dec. 2018 Up front is a plunging wide-mouth grille with classy horizontal slats, while the sides and rear of the rig are defined by strong horizontal creases. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Volkswagen SUV with Unpronounceable Name Pronounced New for Europe, China," 23 Mar. 2018 McGowens and freshman guard Xavier Johnson were unable to find any creases in Duke’s zone to get to the basket — a staple of their attack during early conference wins over Louisville and Florida State. Will Graves, The Seattle Times, "Williamson scores 25, No. 2 Duke shuts down Pitt 79-64," 22 Jan. 2019 Step 1: Get that smolder Using a small eyeshadow brush, swipe a peachy color all over your eyelids, up through the crease, along the lower lash line. Jennifer Tzeses, Seventeen, "3 Beauty Looks That Aren't Too Extra for Class," 25 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Multiple near-fatal heart attacks had gnarled his hands, creased his craggy face with wrinkles and yellowed his eyes. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "What Drove Jack Bogle to Upend Investing," 18 Jan. 2019 The patent filing, made in May 2017, describes a flexible screen that folds inward when the device closes but doesn’t crease. Rob Barry, WSJ, "Return of the Razr—With a Foldable Screen and $1,500 Price," 16 Jan. 2019 Fold back and crease one angled end of the paper to align with and run parallel to the lampshade's seam line. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "7 New Ways to Decorate With Wallpaper," 26 Mar. 2010 Those backs got a great feel of where to crease it and where to go. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "UW’s Chris Petersen on overtime loss at Oregon, third-down defense, Sean McGrew, Colorado and more," 15 Oct. 2018 Point your elbows directly behind you, with your elbow creases pointing directly forward. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Shoulders and Core With Shay Mitchell’s Dynamic Plank Walks," 1 Aug. 2018 In addition to dressing down, or punk-ing up, any ensemble, its tight plaits may just help smooth the little forehead creases south of the hair line. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "The Braid That Takes Years Off Your Face," 8 Apr. 2014 To her left, a Ziploc bulged with what looked like miniature coconuts, the fibrous skins creasing the plastic. Eric Boodman, STAT, "It’s not ‘all in your head’: When other doctors give up on patients, a boundary-breaking neurologist treats them," 19 June 2018 Do not crease it and make sure the pasted sides line up evenly so the paper does not dry out along the edges; this lets the glue set. Daniel Bortz, sacbee, "Four home-improvement jobs you can knock out," 15 June 2018

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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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crease

noun

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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