• WordNet 3.6
    • v cream add cream to one's coffee, for example
    • v cream remove from the surface "skim cream from the surface of milk"
    • v cream put on cream, as on one's face or body "She creams her face every night"
    • v cream beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
    • v cream make creamy by beating "Cream the butter"
    • n cream toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
    • n cream the part of milk containing the butterfat
    • n cream the best people or things in a group "the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baskin Robbins once made ketchup ice cream. This was the only vegetable flavoured ice cream produced. However, they discontinued it since they thought it would not sell well
    • Cream A cosmetic; a creamlike medicinal preparation. "In vain she tries her paste and creams ,
      To smooth her skin or hide its seams."
    • Cream A delicacy of several kinds prepared for the table from cream, etc., or so as to resemble cream.
    • Cream The best or choicest part of a thing; the quintessence; as, the cream of a jest or story; the cream of a collection of books or pictures. "Welcome, O flower and cream of knights errant."
    • Cream The part of any liquor that rises, and collects on the surface.
    • Cream The rich, oily, and yellowish part of milk, which, when the milk stands unagitated, rises, and collects on the surface. It is the part of milk from which butter is obtained.
    • v. i Cream To form or become covered with cream; to become thick like cream; to assume the appearance of cream; hence, to grow stiff or formal; to mantle. "There are a sort of men whose visages
      Do cream and mantle like a standing pool."
    • Cream To furnish with, or as with, cream. "Creaming the fragrant cups."
    • Cream To skim, or take off by skimming, as cream.
    • Cream To take off the best or choicest part of.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, ice cream is sold the most on a Sunday
    • n cream The richer and butyraceous part of milk, which, when the milk stands unagitated in a cool place, rises and forms an oily or viscid scum on the surface; hence, in general, any part of a liquor that separates from the rest, rises, and collects on the surface. By agitating the cream of milk, butter is formed.
    • n cream Something resembling cream; any liquid or soft paste of the consistency of cream: as, the cream of ale; shaving-cream.
    • n cream In shot-making, a spongy crust of oxid taken from the surface of the lead, and used to coat over the bottom of the colander, to keep the lead from running too rapidly through the holes.
    • n cream The best part of a thing; the choice part; the quintessence: as, the cream of a jest or story.
    • n cream A sweetmeat or dish prepared from cream, or of such consistency as to resemble cream: as, an iced cream, or ice-cream; a chocolate cream.
    • n cream A name given to certain cordials because of their thick (viscid) consistency, with perhaps some reference to their reputed excellence.
    • cream To take the cream from by skimming; skim: as, to cream milk.
    • cream To remove the quintessence or best part of.
    • cream To add cream to, as tea or coffee.
    • cream To form a layer of cream upon the surface: become covered with a scum of any kind; froth; mantle.
    • cream To rise like cream.
    • cream A dialectal variant of crim.
    • n cream An obsolete variant of chrism.
    • n cream Same as crame.
    • cream To work and beat until it becomes smooth and light, forming a creamy mass. Butter is often so treated before it is mixed with other ingredients.
    • cream In cookery generally, to prepare in a cream sauce (chicken, oysters, etc.): frequently for use as filling for molds of puff-paste or of bread.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1984, Ronald Reagan declared the month of July to be "National Ice Cream Month."
    • n Cream krēm the oily substance which forms on milk, yielding butter when churned: the best part of anything: any cream-like preparation, as cold cream for the skin, &c., or any dish largely made of cream, or like cream, as chocolate-cream, ice-cream, whipped-cream, &c
    • v.t Cream to take off the cream
    • v.i Cream to gather or form cream
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  • Ellen DeGeneres
    Ellen DeGeneres
    “I was doing stand-up at a restaurant and there was a chalkboard on the street out front. It said, Soup of the Day: Cream of Asparagus. Ellen DeGeneres.”
  • Claiborne Pell
    Claiborne Pell
    “My opponent called me a cream puff. Well, I rushed out and got the baker's union to endorse me.”
  • Dogen
    “Do not arouse disdainful mind when you prepare a broth of wild grasses; do not arouse joyful mind when you prepare a fine cream soup.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy.”
  • Robert Frost
    “The best things and best people rise out of their separateness; I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.”


Cream of the crop - The cream of the crop is the best there is.
Cream rises to the top - A good person or idea cannot go unnoticed for long, just as cream poured in coffee or tea eventually rises to the top.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. crême, perh. fr. LL. crema, cream of milk; cf. L. cremor, thick juice or broth, perh. akin to cremare, to burn


In literature:

Butter, therefore, though usually made of sour cream, is not sour itself, because the oily part of the cream had not been acidified.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
It has to pay excessive commissions to its cream buyers.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
Each freckle must be the same as a little burnt cream puff kept in the oven too long.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
The milk and cream were set in a cool place for several hours while the cream rose to the top.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
Spaghetti, macaroni, boiled onions, spinach, creamed, creamed carrots, lima beans, peas.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
Allow the milk to cool, when the fat or cream will rise to the surface and form a thick layer.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
In cream ripening there is a very marked bacterial growth, the extent of which is determined mainly by the temperature of the cream.
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
We are all going down to Sargent's for ice cream.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
"Dick and His Cat and Other Tales" by Various
Bake it as soon as the cream and flour are well mixed in, as stirring the cream much decomposes it.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Person of the shakeless grouch
Tamperer with the cream,
Idler, lounger, sloven, slouch
Despot of the steam--
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Does he like new cream, and hate mince-pies?
When he looks at the sun does he wink his eyes,
or NOT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
Leaping clear of the shallows,
Chancing the creaming bars,
We heard the first faint cheering
As the late sun limned our spars.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
I saw a cat—'twas but a dream,
I saw a cat—'twas but a dream
Who scorned the slave that brought her cream—
Mew, mew, mew.
"The Mysterious Cat" by Vachel Lindsay
Did they with thirst in summer burn,
Lo, seltzogenes at every turn,
And on all very sultry days
Cream ices handed round on trays.
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Here we securely live, and eat
The cream of meat;
And keep eternal fires,
By which we sit, and do divine,
As wine
And rage inspires.
"An Ode To Sir Clipsby Crew" by Robert Herrick

In news:

Mix sour cream, cream of chicken, and 2 cups of cheese together.
The trick is mixing store-bought ice cream with whipped cream.
But New York-style relies upon heavy cream or sour cream to create a rich, dense, smooth and creamy consistency.
To assemble place the pound cake on a plate, pour the cherries and bananas mixture on top, dollop with either ice cream or fresh whipped cream and garnish with powdered sugar and a mint sprig.
Based on the variety of ice cream scoops on the market—1,529 are available from Amazon alone—one might conclude the world faces a crisis of improperly or inconveniently excavated ice cream.
Although its name means "cooked cream" in Italian, this rich feathery union of sugar, vanilla, gelatin, and (lots of) cream is barely simmered, and only for a couple of minutes.
Junior's Original Cheesecake, Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie, egg creams, more.
Vanilla 3 c. Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
My oldest daughter loves cream cheese swirled brownies – why not raspberry cream cheese .
There's one less place for ice cream lovers to get their fix for ice cream.
EL PASO- Marble Slab Creamery and MaggieMoo's Ice Cream & Treatery will be giving away one free ice cream cupcake on December 15 to celebrate National Cupcake Day.
Serve warm with apple cider crème fraiche, cream or ice cream .
But while yogurt is made by adding those bacteria to milk, sour cream and crème fraîche are made by adding them to cream .
Sour cream is made from cream that is 20 percent fat.
But while yogurt is made by adding those bacteria to milk, sour cream and creme fraiche are made by adding them to cream .

In science:

Also, surveys like 2dFGRS only cream off the very luminous galaxies (and even at bright magnitudes, are incomplete; Cross et al. 2004).
Pulling out Threads from the Cosmic Tapestry: Defining Filaments of Galaxies
CREAM Group, State Key Laboratory of Advanced Optical Communication Systems and Networks and Institute of Quantum Electronics, School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871, P.R.
A bias free true random number generator
Actually companies can use this opportunity for brand building and attracting the cream of students into their companies. Companies that have participated in such academic collaborations have gained considerably from these practices.
Approaches to Curriculum and Teaching Materials to Bring Out Better Skilled Software Engineers-An Indian Perspective
Modern balloon borne experiments, such as ATIC and CREAM , have efficiently measured the energy spectra of individual elements at the top of the atmosphere.
Properties and Performance of Two Wide Field of View Cherenkov/Fluorescence Telescope Array Prototypes
Beshir M. J., Cheng T. C., Farag A. S. A. 1996. Comparison of Monte Carlo simulation and state enumeration based adequacy assessment programs: CREAM and COMREL. Transmission and Distribution Conference, 1996.
A Multi-State Power Model for Adequacy Assessment of Distributed Generation via Universal Generating Function