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

The best way to prevent creases and make the most of your space is to use the roll method. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019 Bucannon crashed quickly into the Seattle line at the snap, where he was then met by tight end Nick Vannett, whose block created a crease for Davis to break into the open. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Play of the Week: Russell Wilson proves he’ll do ‘whatever it takes’ to help his RB score," 2 Oct. 2018 But not faster than a goalie can dive across a crease to save a shot, a game, a season. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "The Save of the Year Saves the Capitals," 31 May 2018 With the distinct crease that ran along my eyelids to create a slight fold, my double eyelids were a feature my monolid cousins were constantly trying to attain. Steffi Cao, Teen Vogue, "How to Have a Productive Conversation About Asian Beauty Standards," 1 May 2018 The procedure is a type of blepharoplasty (fancy word for eyelid surgery) that aims to create a visible crease at the eye socket. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Korean Women Really Think About Plastic Surgery," 1 May 2018 That gave him a chance to see who was being doubled and where a small crease might be. Peter King, SI.com, "Raiders are Scary and Good," 1 Nov. 2016 Where the typical punk would have pressed the blackest of pigments deep into the crease, Pecheux wielded his brush more like a French painter, fanning the color ever so softly out toward the temples as a delicate gray smoke. Monica Kim, Vogue, "American Punk Meets Pretty Parisienne: A Look at Altuzarra’s New Beauty Rules," 2 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The skin is ultra-sensitive, and too much product can look cakey, creasing and exaggerating wrinkles and fine lines. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 Things You Should Be Doing for a Flawless Complexion," 3 May 2019 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

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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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