crease

1
[krees]

noun

verb (used with object), creased, creas·ing.

to make a crease or creases in or on; wrinkle.
to wound or stun by a furrowing or superficial shot: The bullet merely creased his shoulder.

verb (used without object), creased, creas·ing.

to become creased.

Nearby words

  1. creampuff,
  2. creamware,
  3. creamwove,
  4. creamy,
  5. creance,
  6. crease-resistant,
  7. creasy,
  8. create,
  9. create a scene,
  10. creatinase

Origin of crease

1
1400–50; late Middle English creeste, crest, apparently special use of crest

Related formscrease·less, adjectivecreas·er, nounun·creased, adjective

crease

2
[krees]

noun

creese

or crease, kris

[krees]

noun

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

Origin of creese

1570–80; < Malay kəris (spelling keris)

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British Dictionary definitions for crease

crease

1

noun

a line or mark produced by folding, pressing, or wrinkling
a wrinkle or furrow, esp on the face
cricket any three lines near each wicket marking positions for the bowler or batsmanSee also bowling crease, popping crease, return crease
ice hockey the small rectangular area in front of each goal cage
Also called: goal crease lacrosse the circular area surrounding the goal

verb

to make or become wrinkled or furrowed
(tr) to graze with a bullet, causing superficial injury
(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

noun

a rare spelling of kris

creese

noun

a rare spelling of kris
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Word Origin and History for crease

crease

n.

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

Medicine definitions for crease

crease

[krēs]

n.

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

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