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

His onion skin was cut with creases around his blue eyes, which, in turn, had a look both blank and startled, like the old gelatin prints where people’s pupils burn with cold fire. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wolves," 2 Apr. 2018 To start, there's the Deep Crease Serum ($179), a silky-yet-lightweight serum made specifically for creases and deep-set lines around the forehead, lips, eyes, and mouth area. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Perricone MD Launches Essential Fx Skin-Care Line With Vitamin F," 9 Aug. 2018 If constant eyebrow furrowing has resulted in the first signs of an angry crease or premature crow’s feet due to naturally thin skin are a persistent cause of frustration, injectibles can help. Chloe Atkins, Vogue, "Preventative Botox is Real—But It Could Be Aging You," 1 Aug. 2018 Huddled behind the net with teammate Carter Hawthorne, Stanton subtly lollygagged around the crease as Hawthorne — appearing to hold the ball — split out wide. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "Merrimack trounces Saint Leo to win Division 2 title," 27 May 2018 The Wings edged back within a goal at 7:54 thanks to some hard work by the crease. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings come up short in 3-2 loss to Nashville Predators," 20 Feb. 2018 Butter or lightly oil the center of the heart at the crease. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fear of fish? Bake it, don't fry it, for no-fuss, foolproof results," 16 Feb. 2018 The Oilers got another power-play goal with three minutes to play in the first, as Strome sent a pass through the crease that was sent home by Draisaitl. USA TODAY, "Connor McDavid scores four as streaking Oilers drub Lightning," 6 Feb. 2018 Undrafted forward Gustaf Westlund camped out in front of the crease, received Bachman’s pass and deposited it into the wide-open net to give his team the 1-0 lead. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Panthers' Logan Hutsko flashes skill in development camp scrimmage," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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

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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