• WordNet 3.6
    • n cress pungent leaves of any of numerous cruciferous herbs
    • n cress any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cress krĕs (Bot) A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic.☞ The garden cress, called also peppergrass, is the Lepidium sativum; the water cress is the Nasturtium officinale. Various other plants are sometimes called cresses. "To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cress The common name of many species of plants, most of them of the natural order Cruciferæ. Water-cress, or Nasturtium officinale, is used as a salad, and is valued in medicine for its antiscorbutic qualities. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste. It grows on the brinks of rivulets and in moist grounds. The American water-cress is Cardamine rotundifolia; bitter cress is a name of other species of the genus. Common garden-cress, also called pepper-, town-, or golden cress, is Lepidium sativum; cow-cress is L. campestre; bastard cress or penny-cress, Thlaspi arvense; tower-cress, Arabis Turrita. Other species are known as rock- or wall-cress; winter, land-, Belleisle, or Normandy cress, Barbarea vulgaris or B. præcox; tooth-cress, a species of Dentaria; Peter's or rock-cress, Crithmum maritimum; and swine- or wart-cress, Senebiera Coronopus. Among other orders belong the dock-cress or nipplewort, Lapsana communis, of the Compositæ, and the Indian cress, Tropœolum majus, of the Geraniaceœ, so named from the pungent, cress-like taste of the leaves.
    • n cress The common garden-cress, Lepidium sativum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cress kres the name of several species of plants like the water-cress, which grow in moist places, and have pungent leaves used as salads and medicinally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ces, cresse, kers, kerse, AS. cresse, cerse,; akin to D. kers, G. kresse, Dan. karse, Sw. krasse, and possibly also to OHG. chresan, to creep
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cresse, cerse; cf. Dut. kers, Ger. kresse.


In literature:

Lettuce, cress, and chicory are never cut with a knife, but rolled up on the fork and so conveyed to the mouth.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
There was thin bread and butter, and cress for tea.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Cyril had sown the letters of his name in mustard and cress, which were just coming up fresh and green, and would soon be ready to cut.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
"Harper's Young People, June 8, 1880" by Various
Water cress is taken in the fingers.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Being strongly flavoured with the cresses, it is suitable for salads and cold meat.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Water-Cresses, Gathering the, 445.
"Harper's Young People, 1880 Index" by Various
He sowed some cresses, of which the young sprouts, three weeks later, were already an inch long.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
Water-cress is a good relish with them.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Lettuce may be used instead of cresses.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke

In poetry:

If they found me icy there
'Mid the lilies and pale whorls
Of the cresses in my curls
Wet of raven hair--
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
``My meal is a shive of the miller's loaf,
And hunger the grace that blesses:
'Tis banquet enough for a village oaf,
With a handful of fresh green cresses.
"An April Fool" by Alfred Austin
He lent his back against a post,
His feet the brook ran by;
And there were water-cresses growing,
And pleasant was the water's flowing
For he was hot and dry.
"The Cross Roads" by Robert Southey
There do they set forth feasts in dishes rude
Wrought of the rush—wild strawberries on the bed
Left into August, apples brown and crude,
Cress from the cold well-head.
"Kismet" by Jean Ingelow
By the marigold marsh she paused to twist
The gold—green coils round her blue—veined wrist,
And out of the water—bed scooped the cresses,
And frolicked them round her braidless tresses.
"The Passing Of Spring" by Alfred Austin
At home the doves are sporting, the Summer is nigh--
Oh, blossoms of April set in the crowns of the trees!--
On the streams the cresses, clustering, knotted, lie,
And the hives are bursting with spoil of the honey bees.
"Cormac Óg " by Thomas MacDonagh

In news:

Cress, 92, of Groveland, died Sunday, September 30, 2012.
There is bok choy , water cress, winter melon and yu choy.
Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger The calamari and citrus salad, with upland cress with lemon vinaigrette, at Osteria Morini in Bernardsville.
Judgment Reversed – New trial under ' Cress .
Cress , 92, of Groveland, died Sunday, September 30, 2012.
Cress Williams 'Hart of Dixie'.
Cress Williams lets us know that CW's new show Hart of Dixie will contain lots of secret romances and shirtless men.
Services for Lois ( Cress ) Knudsen, 81, of Ruthven, were held Monday, Feb 4, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ruthven.
Funeral services for Lois Cress Knudsen, 91, of Ruthven, will be held at 10:30 am, Monday, Feb 4, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ruthven.
Martha Cress , age 84, of Roswell, N.M. Died Monday, Jan 14, 2008.
Little Neck's Cress Florists still strong at 100.
Potato Salad with Celery, Cress, and Bacon.
Winter cress or upland cress, has tiny heart-shaped leaves and a sweet and peppery bite.
Authentic Romanian fare awaits guests at the first annual Carpathian Golf Championship in Transylvania - or rather, Cress Creek Country Club.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 9, 2012 at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Rd.

In science:

Also, the figure rotation of these haloes is assumed to be slow (Bailin & Steinmetz 2004; Bryan & Cress 2007) and would probably have a negligible effect on the quantities calculated here. A full investigation of the figure rotation of these haloes is deferred to future work.
Influence of baryons on the orbital structure of dark matter haloes
In a previous paper the CSCR domain was defined. Here this is taken to the next stage where we consider the design of a particular Collaborative Research Environment to support Students and Supervisors CRESS.
A Portal Analysis for the Design of a Collaborative Research Environment for Students and Supervisors (CRESS) within the CSCR Domain
In this paper the application of the CSCR domain to the specific needs of supporting collaborative research students and their supervisors (CRESS) will be analysed with a view to obtaining the specific set of tools required for the design of the CRESS interface.
A Portal Analysis for the Design of a Collaborative Research Environment for Students and Supervisors (CRESS) within the CSCR Domain
In order to determine the most relevant tools which might be applied in the construction of the CRESS environment an analysis has been performed (Hinze-Hoare 2007) which was based upon an assessment of advantages and disadvantages for each tool set with reference to the needs of collaborative research.
A Portal Analysis for the Design of a Collaborative Research Environment for Students and Supervisors (CRESS) within the CSCR Domain
A specific toolset for CRESS has been arrived at which will initially be incorporated into a storyboard for user analysis.
A Portal Analysis for the Design of a Collaborative Research Environment for Students and Supervisors (CRESS) within the CSCR Domain