crease

noun
\ˈkrēs \

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 \ 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

There, near the crease above his palm, sits a sloppy-looking black-and-red tattoo. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "An artful display of permanent regrets," 6 June 2018 Executed in a broad, brushy style, the paintings gloss over the details, from minutiae like fabric creases to more consequential things like facial features and racial identities. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Kirsten Tradowsky: In turning photos into paintings, she blurs faces, races and the walls between us," 25 June 2018 The shirt, which still bears creases from being hastily put on, features an image of Trump, Kim Jong-un and Rodman, superimposed over the American and North Korean flags and above the word UNITE. Chris Ballard, SI.com, "Draymond Before Draymond: The Complicated Legacy of Dennis Rodman," 6 June 2018 Pushing open a heavy wood door, I was greeted by a tall woman with surging dimple creases wearing the Tiffany necklace. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 New creases had replaced the old on my upper eyelid, as the swelling moved around and expanded the skin underneath my brow bone. Jenna Birch, Health.com, "I Woke Up With Eye Bags So Swollen I Could Barely See—and Doctors Had No Idea Why," 9 Apr. 2018 Most recently, it has been seen that these creases are also implicated in cerebrovascular disease -- disease of the blood vessels in the brain. Adam Taylor, CNN, "Heart disease risk may show in your earlobes, eyes, fingers," 29 Mar. 2018 The Jayhawks are one of the nation's best at making threes, so even allowing small creases could be costly for Oklahoma State on Saturday. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Quick scout: Why it's hard to figure out Oklahoma State's defense | The Kansas City Star," 2 Mar. 2018 Sharp creases accented the wheel wells and the beltline. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Volkswagen’s Atlas family crossover has room for seven, lots of technology | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Finding an undereye concealer that checks all the boxes — looks invisible on, doesn't crease, remains flawless all day — might feel like an impossible task. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 11 Best Hydrating Undereye Concealers for Dry Skin," 11 May 2018 The Eagles rallied from two goals down with less than six minutes left to win on Megan Whittle’s crease roll with 1:18 left. Katherine Dunn, baltimoresun.com, "Some close calls during McDonogh's 195-game winning streak in girls lacrosse," 30 Apr. 2018 Robert Lowell’s never allowed him onto her lap for fear of creasing her dress. The Economist, "Reflections on motherhood, without the apple pie," 19 Apr. 2018 There’s something to be said about the quality of the stuff: The creamy textures that never crease, the rich pigments, and the glossy, display-worthy packaging are all part of the irresistible experience of owning prestige cosmetics. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "The Best New Makeup of 2018," 19 Mar. 2018 Call me melodramatic, but shelling out for a few coats of polish that inevitably crack or crease no less than one day later puts me in a state of minor emotional anguish. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "The Chip-Proof Nail Polish You'll Want To Wear All Spring," 12 Mar. 2018 Keep scrolling to find out how to give your cut creases a Valentine's Day twist, or simply switch up your liquid-lipstick look. 1. Devon Abelman, Allure, "7 Creative Ways to Wear Heart Makeup Without Looking Like a Walking Valentine," 8 Feb. 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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More Definitions for crease

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

the crease : 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 \

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 \

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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