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 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 Amazon Prime members can order a single stick of Suave deodorant for $1.99, a single package of dental floss for $1.79 or even a 75-cent crease brush to apply eye shadow. SFChronicle.com, "Gymoree to return; Wells Fargo profit falls; Amazon subtracting add-ons," 15 Oct. 2019 The second goal, a Danton Heinen snipe, had the 6-foot-3-inch, 220-pound Coyle playing the oak tree role at the top of Ben Bishop’s crease. BostonGlobe.com, "DALLAS — Charlie Coyle, impressive in training camp, followed through with a superb effort in the season opener, with his telltale gloveprints all over both of the early strikes that led the Bruins to their," 4 Oct. 2019 As for the eyes, MAC's Eye Shadows in Scene (a deep blue-gray) and Print (a slate gray with subtle shimmer) are used to achieve her smoky eyes and deep-set crease. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Exactly How to Recreate Disney’s Maleficent’s Makeup Look," 25 Sep. 2019 On the ensuing kickoff, sophomore Tulli Anthony found a crease and ran it back to the Panthers 32. Austin Opfer | Special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Bay football defeats Elyria Catholic, 26-16, in resumption of Friday’s high-school game behind strong defense led by Cullen Gergye," 14 Sep. 2019 The club's president also addressed some issues that remained from the season before, insisting those creases were ironed out over the summer, in which Madrid spent upwards of £270m on eight additions. SI.com, "Florentino Perez Opens Up Real Madrid's Failure to Sign Pogba, Lewandowski," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 But crease patterns are also networks — not of particles, but of folds. Quanta Magazine, "The Atomic Theory of Origami," 31 Oct. 2017 Leonardo’s plan of the northern Italian town of Imola bears testimony to this: crease marks running horizontally and vertically reveal where it was folded into four and a small hole has been worn through the center of the paper. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Explore Leonardo da Vinci works from Queen Elizabeth II's private collection," 14 May 2019 Not to mention that caked-on foundation often creases, leaving a far-from-flawless texture. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 Things You Should Be Doing for a Flawless Complexion," 3 May 2019 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

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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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of crease was in 1578

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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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