• WordNet 3.6
    • v crease become wrinkled or crumpled or creased "This fabric won't wrinkle"
    • v crease scrape gently "graze the skin"
    • v crease make wrinkled or creased "furrow one's brow"
    • v crease make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in "The dress got wrinkled","crease the paper like this to make a crane"
    • n crease a Malayan dagger with a wavy blade
    • n crease a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface "his face has many lines","ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
    • n crease an angular or rounded shape made by folding "a fold in the napkin","a crease in his trousers","a plication on her blouse","a flexure of the colon","a bend of his elbow"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crease A line or mark made by folding or doubling any pliable substance; hence, a similar mark, however produced.
    • Crease (Cricket) One of the lines serving to define the limits of the bowler and the striker.
    • n Crease krēs See Creese.
    • Crease (Lacrosse) The combination of four lines forming a rectangle inclosing either goal, or the inclosed space itself, within which no attacking player is allowed unless the ball is there; -- called also goal crease.
    • v. t Crease To make a crease or mark in, as by folding or doubling. "Creased , like dog's ears in a folio."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crease A line or long thin mark made by folding or doubling; hence, a similar mark, however produced.
    • n crease Specifically, one of certain lines used in the game of cricket. The bowling-crease is a line 6 feet 8 inches in length, drawn upon the ground at each wicket, so that the stumps stand in the center; the return-crease, one of two short lines drawn at either end of the bowling-crease, within which the bowler must be standing when he delivers his ball; and the popping-crease, a line 4 feet in front of the wicket, and parallel with the bowling-crease, and at least of the same length. (See cricket.) The space between the popping- and bowling-creases is the batsman's proper ground, passing out of which he risks being put out of the game by a touch of the ball in the hands of one of the opposite side.
    • n crease A split or rent.
    • n crease A curved tile.
    • n crease The top of a horse's neck.
    • crease To make a line or long thin mark in, as by folding, doubling, or indenting.
    • crease To indent, as a cartridge-case, for the purpose of confining the charge; crimp.
    • crease In hunting, to wound by a shot which flattens the upper vertebræ, or cuts the muscles of the neck, and stuns, but does not kill.
    • crease To increase; grow.
    • crease To increase; augment.
    • n crease Increase; profit.
    • n crease A less common spelling of creese.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crease krēs a mark made by folding or doubling anything:
    • v.t Crease to make creases in anything
    • v.i Crease to become creased
    • n Crease a Malay dagger with a wavy blade—also Kris
    • n Crease krēs (cricket) a line indicating the boundaries of a particular space, as the position of a batter and bowler
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LG. krus, G. krause, crispness, krausen, kräusen, to crisp, curl, lay on folds; or perh. of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. kriz, a wrinkle, crease, kriza, to wrinkle, fold, W. crych, a wrinkle, crychu, to rumple, ripple, crease
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Celt., as Bret. krīz, &c.


In literature:

Her goal was a spring hidden in a small arroyo that made a twisted crease in the land's level face.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
As the scow turned the first crease or elbow in the river, it began to sink.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
He smiled at my description and the laughter-lines about his mouth creased into a myriad wrinkles.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
Myra, her head lowered, deliberately pressed out a crease in her white skirt.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
An unwonted frown creased Doggie's brow, for several problems disturbed him.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
Make a pattern the same as for a straight-brim sailor, being careful to fold the pattern in halves from front to back, and to crease sharply.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
His neck had lost its roundness, in his rump a crease had appeared.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
But neither was Ted as strong as usual, for the ball which had creased his rib had cost him lots of blood.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
His sleek face, garlanded with mutton-chop whiskers, was creased in smiles.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
Didn't that bullet crease it?
"Warrior Gap" by Charles King

In poetry:

A little remained from everything
in porcelain saucers,
in the broken dragon, in the white flowers,
in the creases of your brow,
in the portrait.
"Residue" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
You darling dress--I'll smooth your creases,
I'll wear you till you drop to pieces;
But poor men's wives wear cotton only--
Dear gown--I hope you won't feel lonely!
"La Derniere Robe De Soi" by Edith Nesbit
If they met, who knows–a spring, a shake,
A jack-knife, deadly as Malay crease–
Hush! Let him sleep! Time enough to awake
When cooling shadows the raft overtake.
"Danger" by Susie Frances Harrison
But when they found them on the ground,
Although their life had ceased,
Quite near to Paul there lay a small
White paper, neatly creased.
"Because of lack of any merit,
B. Hyde," it ran, "we disinherit!"
"How The Babes In The Wood Showed They Couldn't Be Beaten" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
—Say it, no ideas but in things—
nothing but the blank faces of the houses
and cylindrical trees
bent, forked by preconception and accident—
split, furrowed, creased, mottled, stained—
secret—into the body of the light!
"from Book I, Paterson" by William Carlos Williams
Who creases the shroud? What he says is not true!
Nobody sings here, nobody weeps in the corner,
nobody pricks the spurs, nor terrifies the serpent.
Here I want nothing else but the round eyes
to see his body without a chance of rest.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca

In news:

Where most urban streets in Germany, Scandinavia and France are baby-bottom smooth , ours are typically a dangerous collection of holes, divots, creases and bumps.
67 percent rise in thefts, 14 percent increase in assaults and 86 percent in crease in mischief cases marks city's public transport system.
Jamaal Charles took the handoff on the first play of the game, skipped to his right and found a crease.
James Callahan (21) clears the crease in front of Morristown-Beard goaltender Peter Alevras (1) against St Augustine in earlier action this season.
James Callahan (21) clears the crease in front of Morristown- Beard goaltender Peter Alevras (1) against St Augustine in earlier action this season.
Botox smooths wrinkles and creases from the skin, which may limit facial expressions.
As the leaf unfolds, it does so without a crease or muss.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Jamaal Charles took the handoff on the first play of the game, skipped to his right and found a crease.
PORTLAND — Trevor Cheek 's first shift on the Rose Garden ice included a hit to jar a puck loose and a scoring chance in the crease.
Trevor Cheek 's first shift on the Rose Garden ice included a hit to jar a puck loose and a scoring chance in the crease.
Pang and Resch noted that players and goalies normally "policed" incidents when a goalie's crease was crashed or a goalie was run.
If her curved-creased pieces resemble delicate sculptures, teaching hundreds of people to fold cubes and assemble modules is like conducting an orchestra.
Earlobe Creases as a Sign of Heart Disease.
It wasn't until 7:45 pm that the tenor Placido Domingo happened to notice the spectacularly unsightly crease in his white tuxedo vest.
Improved material distribution in the jar 's standing ring and heel makes it resistant to dents and vacuum creasing.

In science:

The most well-known is the pleated hyperbolic paraboloid, shown in Figure 1, where the crease pattern is concentric squares and their diagonals.
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases
More impressive (but somewhat harder to fold) is the circular pleat, shown in Figure 2, where the crease pattern is simply concentric circles, with a circular hole cut out of the center.
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases
The magic of these models is that most of the actual folding happens by the physics of paper itself; the origamist simply puts all the creases in and lets go.
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases
But creases plastically deform the paper beyond its yield point, effectively resetting the elastic memory of paper to a nonzero angle.
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases
Try creasing a paper sheet and then letting go—it stays folded at the crease.
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases