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  1. a ridge or groove produced in anything by folding, heat, pressure, etc.; fold; furrow.
  2. a wrinkle, especially one on the face.
  3. the straight, vertical edge or line produced in the front and back of trousers, especially men's trousers, by pressing, as with a steam presser or iron.
  4. Ice Hockey. the marked rectangular area in front of each goal cage, into which an offensive player can skate only if that player has the puck, if the puck is already within the area, or if the goalie is absent.
  5. Cricket.
    1. bowling crease.
    2. popping crease.
verb (used with object), creased, creas·ing.
  1. to make a crease or creases in or on; wrinkle.
  2. to wound or stun by a furrowing or superficial shot: The bullet merely creased his shoulder.
verb (used without object), creased, creas·ing.
  1. to become creased.

Origin of crease

1400–50; late Middle English creeste, crest, apparently special use of crest
Related formscrease·less, adjectivecreas·er, nounun·creased, adjective

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  1. creese.


or crease, kris

  1. a short sword or heavy dagger with a wavy blade, used by the Malays.

Origin of creese

1570–80; < Malay kəris (spelling keris) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for crease

Contemporary Examples of crease

Historical Examples of crease

  • With a crease in his lips which now were dry no longer, he looked at Cassy.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • I punched a hole with a pin in the crease of the envelope at each end.

    A Little Miss Nobody

    Amy Bell Marlowe

  • You've kept it folded too long, and the goods is all gone along the crease.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

  • The other Etonian is already within a couple of yards of the crease.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • Although not the nearest to him, he resolved to crease this horse.

British Dictionary definitions for crease


  1. a line or mark produced by folding, pressing, or wrinkling
  2. a wrinkle or furrow, esp on the face
  3. cricket any three lines near each wicket marking positions for the bowler or batsmanSee also bowling crease, popping crease, return crease
  4. ice hockey the small rectangular area in front of each goal cage
  5. Also called: goal crease lacrosse the circular area surrounding the goal
  1. to make or become wrinkled or furrowed
  2. (tr) to graze with a bullet, causing superficial injury
  3. (often foll by up) slang to be or cause to be greatly amused
Derived Formscreaseless, adjectivecreaser, nouncreasy, adjective

Word Origin for crease

C15: from earlier crēst; probably related to Old French cresté wrinkled


  1. a rare spelling of kris


  1. a rare spelling of kris
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Word Origin and History for crease

1660s, altered from creaste "a ridge," perhaps a variant of crest, via meaning "a fold in a length of cloth" (mid-15c.) which produced a crest. As a verb, from 1580s. Related: Creased; creasing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

crease in Medicine


  1. A line made by folding or wrinkling, as in the skin.
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