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 The puck slid by Anders Nilsson and skipped in the crease. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Robby Fabbri stays hot, but Detroit Red Wings succumb to lowly Senators, 4-3," 20 Nov. 2019 Dell battled the backhand shot, but inadvertently kicked the loose puck over the goal line after sprawling in the crease. Ross Mckeon, SFChronicle.com, "Sharks fall to Canucks for fifth loss in a row," 2 Nov. 2019 Draisaitl hit a goalpost 27 seconds into the period, and Edmonton had a goal waved off because Zack Kassian skated into Lundqvist in the crease. San Diego Union-Tribune, "McDavid, Draisaitl help unbeaten Oilers defeat Rangers 4-1," 12 Oct. 2019 Trailing 3-0, the Lightning closed to 3-1 on the goal by Smith, who nudged in a puck sliding loose in the crease at 16:23 of the second. Paul Gereffi, sun-sentinel.com, "Panthers get Hoffman hat trick, stave off Lightning rally in home opener," 6 Oct. 2019 The puck slid under Luongo in the crease, and Forsberg swooped in for an easy score. Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Goalie interference creates controversy again in Predators-Panthers ending," 3 Apr. 2018 With the Pack often playing on back-to-back days, Adam Huska, 22, from UConn, has also been getting regular crease time, going 3-0-2 with .925 save percentage, 2.0 goals against. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Hartford Wolf Pack provide proving ground for two goalies competing to be Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist heir," 7 Nov. 2019 Rowney outraced MacKinnon for a crease-front tap-in. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avs drop first home game of season with loss to Ducks," 26 Oct. 2019 For a more complete gift, include the Real Techniques Enhanced Eye Set, which comes with a crease brush, fine liner brush, medium shadow brush, shading brush, and eyelash separator. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "20 amazing gifts for beauty, makeup, and skincare lovers," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Close the top of the cone with one staple, making sure not to crease the edges of the cone. Catherine Woram, Woman's Day, "Treats To Go," 9 Sep. 2019 The buttes and columns glow seemingly from inside, throwing shadows that crease the landscape in a complex geometry. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Here are 10 of Arizona's most photogenic spots. Some of them might surprise you," 26 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

26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Crease.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creased. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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