• WordNet 3.6
    • n creek a natural stream of water smaller than a river (and often a tributary of a river) "the creek dried up every summer"
    • n Creek any member of the Creek Confederacy (especially the Muskogee) formerly living in Georgia and Alabama but now chiefly in Oklahoma
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Battle Creek, Michigan is referred to as the "Cereal Bowl of America." The city produces the most breakfast cereals than any other city in the world
    • Creek A small inlet or bay, narrower and extending further into the land than a cove; a recess in the shore of the sea, or of a river. "Each creek and cavern of the dangerous shore.""They discovered a certain creek , with a shore."
    • Creek A stream of water smaller than a river and larger than a brook. "Lesser streams and rivulets are denominated creeks ."
    • Creek Any turn or winding. "The passages of alleys, creeks , and narrow lands."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The single highest temperature ever recorded in U.S. history was 134 degrees Fahrenheit. It was recorded in Greenland Ranch, CA on July 10, 1913. The lowest recorded temperature was minus 80 degrees on January 23, 1971 in Prospect Creek, AK.
    • n creek A small inlet, bay, or cove; a recess in the shore of the sea or of a river, or of any considerable body of water.
    • n creek A small stream; a brook; a rivulet. See crick.
    • n creek A turn or winding.
    • n creek Hence A device; an artifice; a trick.
    • n creek A small seaboard town of insufficient importance to have a customs-station of its own.
    • creek To twist and wind; form a creek.
    • n creek An obsolete spelling of creak.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Creek krēk a small inlet or bay of the sea, or the tidal estuary of a river: any turn or winding: in America and Australia, a small river
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    “Like dreams, small creeks grow into mighty rivers.”


Lord willing and the creek don't rise - Pertains to the ability to accomplish a task or meet an obligation, barring unforseen complications. Example: "I will be at work tomorrow, Lord willing and the creek don't rise."
Up the creek - If someone or something is up the creek, they are in real trouble. 'Up the creek without a paddle' is an alternative, and 'up shit creek (without a paddle)' is a ruder form.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. crecca,; akin to D. kreek, Icel. kriki, crack, nook; cf. W. crig, crack, crigyll, ravine, creek. Cf. Crick Crook
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Scand., Ice. kriki, a nook; cf. Dut. kreek, a bay.


In literature:

We were on a high hilly plateau between Hat Creek and the valley of Lake La Hache.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
Above and below the fort are creeks.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Salt Creek emptied into the sea on the north side of Smugglers' Reef.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
White Bear and his companions rode into the creek to meet them.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
In vain I told her it was no use; the creek was no good, and to record the claims was a waste of money.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
As to the Clarks, they were determined to take the trail for Hunter's Creek that very day.
"The Boy Settlers" by Noah Brooks
You ride down Dry Fork to the junction, and then three miles up Plum Creek.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
The creek shone and faded; sometimes the smoke curled about the tent and sometimes blew away.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
In this year too, settlements were made on Simpson's creek, the West Fork river and on Elk creek.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
Wheeling Creek is famous in Western history.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites

In poetry:

Only the wind and the surges
Moan and moan and moan,
But the little creek Coonana,
It sings in a merry tone.
"The Little Creek Coonana" by Clinton Scollard
"Have you no home? O take my nest,
It almost is the sky;"
And then there came along the creek
A purple dragon-fly.
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
Till Forty-mile, and Stony Creek,
Revived our waning hopes,
And round Fort-George a limit held
The Yankees as with ropes.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
The low, bare flats at ebb-tide, the rush of the sea
at flood,
Through inlet and creek and river, from dike to
upland wood;
"Marguerite" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The finny treasures now are scarce,
In river, creek or rill,
For poison'd are they by the dust,
That comes from lumber mill.
"Catching Speckled Trout" by Thomas Frederick Young
And every creek a banker ran,
And dams filled overtop;
"We’ll all be rooned," said Hanrahan,
"If this rain doesn’t stop."
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien

In news:

The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning improvements to the Route 661 Bridge (Midland Trail/Ogle Creek Road) over Ogle Creek in Alleghany County.
Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Mary Chesley (Provided by Cherry Creek Schools).
Local residents are invited to join the UC Davis Art of Regional Change and the Cache Creek Conservancy for a multimedia arts festival and celebration of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve from noon to 6 pm Saturday, Oct 20.
The Town of Coal Creek and the members of Eureka Masonic Temple No 66 will host its annual Christmas Party from 4-6 pm Saturday at 216 Main St in Coal Creek.
Cherry Creek Schools Superintendent Mary Chesley (Provided by Cherry Creek Schools).
The annual election for the Cherry Creek Fire District will be held Tuesday at the Cherry Creek Fire Hall.
Main Street in Cherry Creek will be filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas this Saturday, as the Cherry Creek Community Association hosts the annual Christmas in Cherry Creek weekend.
8 pm Saturday, December 15, at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5555 NW 40 St, Coconut Creek.
CHERRY CREEK — Even without her name on the ballot, incumbent Debra Gabel will still be the tax collector in the town of Cherry Creek.
Enlarge Griffin Moores Griffin Moores Warming up to prepare for the race a horse trots in front of the grandstands at Sports Creek Raceway during one of the two weekly live races on Friday, December 7, 2012 in Swartz Creek, Mich.
Jaxson Bowles, 10, jumps over Paige Griffith, 10, right, both of Campbells Creek, and Grae Roy, 9, of Georges Creek, at Skateland of Campbells Creek in the eastern Kanawha County.
The committee is working on Part Two of the Hinkson Creek Watershed Restoration Project, which aims to improve the water quality of Hinkson Creek.
West Creek Conservancy has purchased a small residential lot that is expected to become the southern end of a proposed 1.5-mile trail extension in Parma's West Creek Reservation.
Robert Hughes thinks the coal that fueled railroad engines some 150 years ago is making the waters of Solomon Creek rise higher today, raising the risk of flooding in Wilkes-Barre and other towns in the creek 's watershed.
8 pm Saturday, December 15, at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek , 5555 NW 40 St, Coconut Creek .

In science:

Creek, Albany County, Wyoming, and collected by J. L.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
April was an uncruel month, with initial operations of CARMA (the union of radio millimeter facilities made out of OVRO and BIMA, Nature 441, 141), the initiation of optical SETI at Oak Ridge Observatory (Harvard), and the first 10 dishes of the Allen (SETI) Telescope Array in place at Hat Creek.
Astrophysics in 2006
The ATA is sited at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory run by the Radio Astronomy Laboratory (RAL) of the University of California at Berkeley, CA.
Astrophysics in 2006
Petruny (2008), ―Impact spherule-bearing, Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary sand body, Shell Creek stratigraphic section, Alabama, USA‖, in The Sedimentary Record of Impacts, Eds. K.R.
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah
North America, the Henderson Mine in Clear Creek County, Colorado.