the fatty part of milk, which rises to the surface when the liquid is allowed to stand unless homogenized.
a soft solid or thick liquid containing medicaments or other specific ingredients, applied externally for a prophylactic, therapeutic, or cosmetic purpose.
Usually creams. a soft-centered confection of fondant or fudge coated with chocolate.
a purée or soup containing cream or milk: cream of tomato soup.
the best part of anything: the cream of society.
a yellowish white; light tint of yellow or buff.
to form cream.
to froth; foam.
Informal. to advance or favor only the wealthiest, most skilled or talented, etc., especially so as to reap the benefits oneself: Management is creaming by advancing only the most productive workers.
Also cream one's jeans. Slang: Vulgar.
to have an orgasm, especially to ejaculate or experience glandular lubrication of the vagina.
to be overcome, as in rapturous admiration or delight.
to work (butter and sugar, or the like) to a smooth, creamy mass.
to prepare (chicken, oysters, vegetables, etc.) with cream, milk, or a cream sauce.
to allow (milk) to form cream.
to skim (milk).
to separate as cream.
to take the cream or best part of.
to use a cosmetic cream on.
to add cream to (tea, coffee, etc.).
to beat or damage severely; lambaste.
to defeat decisively.
to accomplish, especially to pass (a test or course), with great ease and success: She creamed the math test, getting the highest grade in the class.
of the color cream; cream-colored.
Idioms about cream
cream of the crop, the best or choicest: a college that accepts only students who are the cream of the crop.
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How to use cream in a sentence
Barnard won in 2019 with his maple pecan porridge, a mix of pecan butter, maple syrup, dry milk powder, and cream, all topped with pecans sauteed in ghee.
It would be like…if I say I’m going to buy you some ice cream and I’ll bring it to you, you have to be prepared to either eat it right then or store it somewhere because it’s not going to last.What would it actually take to have a COVID-19 vaccine by November? | Kate Baggaley | September 4, 2020 | Popular-Science
So for example, at the start of the pandemic, you know, people were receiving WhatsApp health advice that was telling them to avoid ice cream and meat.Podcast: How a 135-year-old law lets India shutdown the internet | Anthony Green | September 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
It also has a vibrant restaurant scene featuring comfort food eateries, barbecue restaurants, gastropubs and several popular ice-cream shops.Charlotte : Celebrating Diversity in the Queen City | LGBTQ-Editor | August 11, 2020 | No Straight News
The first 5,000 members to sign up will receive samples of anti-aging cream from the launch partner, beauty brand StriVectin.‘No brainer’: Marie Claire launches sampling business to boost revenue and data practice | Lucinda Southern | August 3, 2020 | Digiday
But Huckabee (akin to Elizabeth Warren on the left) is like an ice cream sundae.
Serve with the warm sauce and your choice of ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding | Carla Hall | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding | Carla Hall | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of diaper cream priced at $43.98—and then stashed it in her purse.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks | M.L. Nestel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Plaza Hotel cooked a fancy-pants latke with red wine braised oxtail, horseradish sunchoke cream, and crispy kale.
They had been permitted to sit up till after the ice-cream, which naturally marked the limit of human indulgence.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
"I have had a letter from your friend," she remarked, as she poured a little cream into Edna's cup and handed it to her.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
He had "taken the cream" out of those old law-books, if studying them could do it, for he had been at them pretty often of late.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
At the old Rosewater dances we never had anything but cake and lemonade—ice-cream in very hot weather.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
As he sat there young Jim Hands drove up with his girl, alighted, and went into the ice-cream parlor for refreshment.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for cream
the fatty part of milk, which rises to the top if the milk is allowed to stand
(as modifier): cream buns
anything resembling cream in consistency: shoe cream; beauty cream
the best one or most essential part of something; pick: the cream of the bunch; the cream of the joke
a soup containing cream or milk: cream of chicken soup
any of various dishes, cakes, biscuits, etc, resembling or containing cream
a confection made of fondant or soft fudge, often covered in chocolate
cream sherry a full-bodied sweet sherry
a yellowish-white colour
(as adjective): cream wallpaper
(tr) to skim or otherwise separate the cream from (milk)
(tr) to beat (foodstuffs, esp butter and sugar) to a light creamy consistency
(intr) to form cream
(tr) to add or apply cream or any creamlike substance to: to cream one's face; to cream coffee
(tr sometimes foll by off) to take away the best part of
(tr) to prepare or cook (vegetables, chicken, etc) with cream or milk
to allow (milk) to form a layer of cream on its surface or (of milk) to form such a layer
(tr) slang, mainly US, Canadian and Australian to beat thoroughly
(intr) slang (of a man) to ejaculate during orgasm
- creamlike, adjective
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