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 crease (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 Johnsson, who missed the net on a first-period breakaway, poked a loose in the crease into the net after rookie Dawson Mercer hit the goalpost. Tom Canavan, ajc, 16 Oct. 2021 No leaks from the Alaskan, either, when the Capitals were jamming in the crease. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2021 But, this year, the Stars have four NHL-caliber goalies on the roster with varying degrees of health and ability, making the forecast cloudy in the crease. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 22 Sep. 2021 But the slight indentations in the crease can get in the way of pen strokes. Ben Sin, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Another ex-Eagle, Spencer Knight (Florida), could take over the crease. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Oct. 2021 The split zone is hitting the same crease over and over. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 25 Sep. 2021 Aston has retained enough of the brand’s visual identity – the grille, the lights, the crease along the sill, the Vantage-style ducktail – to set the DBX apart without turning into an awkward pastiche of a sports car. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 After a frenetic first day of free agency Wednesday, the Stars filled some needs, but more questions arose about Dallas’ crowded crease. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 28 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Akers has a trim gray mustache, a military crew cut and soft brown eyes that crease at the corners. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 With the seam placed at the center, crease the long edges. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Sep. 2021 Make the Bow To make the velvet bow, fold the longest piece in half with the velvet facing out and crease in the center. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 June 2021 Advertisements say silk’s smooth surface won’t wrinkle or crease the skin, which causes fine lines to form. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2021 Use a metal spatula to press and crease the folds of parchment against the sides of the pot. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Mar. 2021 Grab yourself a set of these satin pillowcases (which are a much more budget-friendly alternative to popular silk pillowcases) to prevent sleep creases because the soft material is less likely to crease your skin. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, 15 Mar. 2021 To keep the bread in a round shape, crease the folds of the parchment by pressing them into the sides of the pot. Sally Pasley Vargas, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Mar. 2021 Lenovo also didn’t want the display to crease as it was folded. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, 29 Sep. 2020

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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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19 Oct 2021

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“Crease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crease. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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 : wrinkle
: 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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