• A kitten creeps along underneath a table
    A kitten creeps along underneath a table
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v creep move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
    • v creep to go stealthily or furtively "..stead of sneaking around spying on the neighbor's house"
    • v creep grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface) "ivy crept over the walls of the university buildings"
    • v creep show submission or fear
    • n creep a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body "a crawl was all that the injured man could manage","the traffic moved at a creep"
    • n creep a pen that is fenced so that young animals can enter but adults cannot
    • n creep a slow longitudinal movement or deformation
    • n creep someone unpleasantly strange or eccentric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Creep A distressing sensation, or sound, like that occasioned by the creeping of insects. "A creep of undefinable horror.""Out of the stillness, with gathering creep ,
      Like rising wind in leaves."
    • Creep (Mining) A slow rising of the floor of a gallery, occasioned by the pressure of incumbent strata upon the pillars or sides; a gradual movement of mining ground.
    • Creep The act or process of creeping.
    • Creep To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.
    • Creep To grow, as a vine, clinging to the ground or to some other support by means of roots or rootlets, or by tendrils, along its length. "Creeping vines."
    • Creep To have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of the body; to crawl; as, the sight made my flesh creep . See Crawl v. i., 4.
    • Creep To move along the ground, or on any other surface, on the belly, as a worm or reptile; to move as a child on the hands and knees; to crawl. "Ye that walk
      The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep ."
    • Creep To move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate itself or one's self; as, age creeps upon us. "The sophistry which creeps into most of the books of argument.""Of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women."
    • Creep To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn; as, a creeping sycophant. "To come as humbly as they used to creep ."
    • Creep To move slowly, feebly, or timorously, as from unwillingness, fear, or weakness. "The whining schoolboy . . . creeping , like snail,
      Unwillingly to school."
      "Like a guilty thing, I creep ."
    • Creep To slip, or to become slightly displaced; as, the collodion on a negative, or a coat of varnish, may creep in drying; the quicksilver on a mirror may creep .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • creep To move with the body near or touching the ground, as a reptile or an insect, a cat stealthily approaching its prey, or an infant on hands and knees.
    • creep In botany: To grow prostrate along the ground or other surface.
    • creep To grow below the surface, as rooting shoots. A creeping plant usually fastens itself by roots to the surface upon which it grows.
    • creep To move along, or from place to place, slowly, feebly, or timorously; move imperceptibly, as time.
    • creep To move secretly; move so as to escape detection or evade suspicion; enter unobserved.
    • creep To move or behave with extreme servility or humility; move as if affected with a sense of humiliation or terror.
    • creep To have a sensation as of worms or insects creeping on the skin: as, the sight made my flesh creep.
    • creep To move longitudinally: said of the rails of a railroad.
    • creep Synonyms Crawl, Creep. See crawl.
    • n creep The act of creeping.
    • n creep In coal-mining, the apparent rising of the floor, or under-clay, of the mine between the pillars, or where the roof is not fully supported, caused by the pressure of the superincumbent strata. If the under-clay is very soft and the pillars are not sufficiently large, a colliery may thus be entirely destroyed.
    • n creep plural A sensation as of something crawling over one; a sensation as of shivering. See creep, v. i., 6. Also called creepers.
    • creep In chem., to rise above the surface of the liquid upon the walls of the containing-vessel, like salt crystals in an evaporating-dish.
    • n creep Same as creeper, 6 .
    • n creep In geology, the extremely slow downward movement of disintegrated rock on hillsides. Ground-water, frost, and changes of temperature are the chief factors in such movement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Creep krēp to move on the belly, like a snake: to move slowly: to grow along the ground or on supports, as a vine: to fawn or cringe: to have the physical sensation of something creeping over or under the skin: to shudder at from fear or repugnance: to drag with a creeper, as a river-bottom
    • pr.p Creep creep′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. crept
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  • Edmund Burke
    “Ambition can creep as well as soar.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.”
  • Henry Giles
    Henry Giles
    “People creep into childhood, bound into youth, sober in adulthood, and soften into old age.”
  • John Fischer
    John Fischer
    “What this country needs is radicals who will stay that way regardless of the creeping years.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. crepen, creopen, AS. creópan,; akin to D. kruipen, G. kriechen, Icel. krjupa, Sw. krypa, Dan. krybe,. Cf. Cripple Crouch


In literature:

But soon, a sense of danger comes creeping over him, and fear takes shape in his soul.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Evening was drawing on, and a sort of grey desolation seemed to be creeping over the plains.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
Before long the two blacks came creeping up.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
As already noted some perennial grasses have creeping stems and stolons, while others may have rhizomes.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
In every coppice there is a running to and fro, a creeping, a scampering, and a leaping of wild creatures.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
I really and truly saw some men creeping round the tower!
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Please to give me mine, and I shall creep along.
"The Crystal Hunters" by George Manville Fenn
That was all I thought of, to creep away where the fire could not reach me.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
Perhaps there is even a distance of creeping.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Let us set forth on an expedition to "creep" moose, which may be described as a similar mode of hunting to stalking.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Weeping low, creeping slow,
Came the Weary-Wingèd!
Roses red over the dead
Quietly he flingèd.
"Roses" by Robert Williams Buchanan
—I felt that I could creep
To some housetop, and weep,
That Time the tyrant fell
Ruled Amabel!
"Amabel" by Thomas Hardy
Dry dikes rise hill on hill;
In sloughs of tidal slime
Shellfish deposit lime,
Wild seafowl creep at will.
"By The Road To The Air Base" by Yvor Winters
Beneath the mighty
Gods' enclosing fence
Creeps a vine:
Unable to withstand the Autumn,
It has turned sere.
"Beneath the mighty Gods" by Ki no Tsurayuki
Leaf-strewing gales
Utter low wails
Like violins,--
Till on my soul
Their creeping dole
Stealthily wins....
"Chanson D'Automne" by Paul Verlaine
Fine fancies set me thrilling,
And subtle monsters creep
Before my sight unwilling:
They even haunt my sleep.
"The Riot" by Gamaliel Bradford

In news:

Drought conditions creep into region as high temperatures hit, rain grows sparse .
At four o'clock on Sunday afternoon with the late-afternoon sunlight creeping in around the shutters of the Katharine Cornell Theatre, eight girls form a team setting a table with flyers, audition forms, and copies of short scenes to be read.
No matter how great a deal is, if your grocery stockpile starts to creep into your living room, it may be time to limit what you bring home.
Cops are looking for a subway creep who allegedly snapped photos up a straphanger 's skirt.
Many perennials will spread and creep, duplicating their showy splendor.
Halloween is creeping closer, and annual events designed to provide a scare or two are popping up on the calendar.
Timber Timbre is a Canadian folk band that has recently shocked the music world with their latest album, Creep On Creepin' On.
As the rest of the US industry creeps back from the downturn, Hawaiian hotels and timeshare properties are charging ahead.
European, Topical : Purchase price multiples creep up, while M&A outlook sags with vendors willing to wait for higher returns.
Halloween is creeping up, so it's time for a ghost story.
Slipknot's Corey Taylor jumped onstage with Trivium and Machine Head's Robb Flynn for a rousing performance of Metallica's 'Creeping Death' at the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards tonight (April 11) in Los Angeles.
After watching Tropical Storm Isaac creep toward Florida for days, Republican.
The holidays are creeping up faster than the price of peanut butter.
Urban Creep is on the march.
The principle tenets of the Mulholland Scenic Parkway Specific Plan which should protect Mulholland from the Urban Creep include.

In science:

If vortices unpin at random throughout the star (vortex creep), the signal is smaller than when unpinning is confined to a thin wedge (vortex avalanche); the maximum wave strain from a glitch of fixed size varies inversely with ∆ ˜φ.
Gravitational-wave bursts and stochastic background from superfluid vortex avalanches during pulsar glitches
It is this misalignment that was previously thought to be the ma jor source of the creep noise ; we treat this mechanism within the formalism developed in the previous section.
Creep events and creep noise in gravitational-wave interferometers: basic formalism and stationary limit
It is the smallness of this ratio that makes the contribution to the creep noise from the creep-induced fiberlengthening be subdominant relative to the direct horizontal coupling, in most of the LIGO band.
Creep events and creep noise in gravitational-wave interferometers: basic formalism and stationary limit
Consider now a situation where multiple creep events are triggered in sequence,.
Creep events and creep noise in gravitational-wave interferometers: basic formalism and stationary limit
The response of the test-mass to a single creep event can be written as X ((cid:126)α, t − t0 ) where t0 is the time when the creep event is triggered, and (cid:126)α is the set of parameters characterizing the event (location in the fiber, effective volume, etc.).
Creep events and creep noise in gravitational-wave interferometers: basic formalism and stationary limit