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 Rask will patrol the crease for the B’s, putting his impressive 13-2-3 record, 2.15 GAA and .929 save percentage on the line. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Colorado Avalanche at Boston Bruins odds, picks and best bets," 7 Dec. 2019 Multicolored Swarovski crystals line the lid crease. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "When Your Makeup Is the Party," 4 Dec. 2019 Why are there such huge creases in the public bathroom doors? David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Norika Konno left Japan to play at Louisville. Here's how she's adjusting to life in the US," 26 Nov. 2019 To them, the massif is a person, complete with feet, hair, and intimate creases like those at your hip. Stephen Ferry, National Geographic, "Indigenous protectors of these sacred peaks have kept others out—till now," 26 Nov. 2019 The headlights shout 'Stang, as do the creases that run the length of the hood. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Watch out, Tesla—Ford gets serious with Mustang Mach-E electric crossover," 18 Nov. 2019 With the defensive line struggling to make plays, the linebackers have tried to do too much at times, running out of their lanes and creating creases. oregonlive, "Scouting the Wildcats: 5 questions, prediction with an Arizona writer," 15 Nov. 2019 Turn the right hand to the right so that the fingers are reaching towards your knees and the wrist crease is reaching towards the front of the mat. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "5 stretches to help relieve wrist pain," 14 Nov. 2019 Some reviewers say the phone is delicate, but creases aren’t visible at the latch. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "The Razr phone is back: I’ll take pink, please," 14 Nov. 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

10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Crease.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/creaseless?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=crease02. Accessed 11 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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