• WordNet 3.6
    • v crinkle become wrinkled or crumpled or creased "This fabric won't wrinkle"
    • v crinkle 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 crinkle a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface "his face has many lines","ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Crinkle A winding or turn; wrinkle; sinuosity. "The crinkles in this glass, making objects appear double."
    • v. t Crinkle krĭṉ"k'l To form with short turns, bends, or wrinkles; to mold into inequalities or sinuosities; to cause to wrinkle or curl. "The houses crinkled to and fro.""Her face all bowsy,
      Comely crinkled ,
      Wondrously wrinkled."
      "The flames through all the casements pushing forth,
      Like red-not devils crinkled into snakes."
    • v. i Crinkle To turn or wind; to run in and out in many short bends or turns; to curl; to run in waves; to wrinkle; also, to rustle, as stiff cloth when moved. "The green wheat crinkles like a lake.""And all the rooms
      Were full of crinkling silks."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crinkle To form or mark with short curves, waves, or wrinkles; make with many flexures; mold into corrugations; corrugate.
    • crinkle To turn or wind; bend; wrinkle; be marked by short waves or ripples; curl; be corrugated or crimped.
    • crinkle To cringe.
    • n crinkle A wrinkle; a turn or twist; a ripple; a corrugation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crinkle a turn, winding, or wrinkle, an angular protuberance
    • v.t Crinkle krink′l to twist, wrinkle, crimp
    • v.i Crinkle to wrinkle up, curl
    • n Crinkle a wrinkle
    • n Crinkle and adj. Crink′um-crank′um, a word applied familiarly to things intricate or crooked
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A dim., fr. the root of cringe,; akin to D. krinkelen, to wind or twist. Cf. Cringle Cringe


In literature:

He was a big man who had once been fatter, but his wrinkled and sour visage seldom crinkled into a smile.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
But the girl saw the huge flat head and the crinkled tissue of the frilled mouth with its sucker disks.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
A hot little wind rocked the reflections in the river and blew its wimpling surface into crinkled, lace-paper fantasies.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
And the ghost of a smile crinkled the corner of his mouth.
"Vulcan's Workshop" by Harl Vincent
He listened in vain for the crinkling snap of twig, and the whisper of wind in treetops.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Cousin E. E. came out like a princess, in pale lilac-colored silk, with a whole snow-storm of lace crinkling over it.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
Absently he sought to put it on, and felt something crinkling in the sleeve.
"The Magnificent Adventure" by Emerson Hough
On a broad reach of the Potomac the new-risen moon spread a vast sheet of tin-foil of a crinkled sheen.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
I can see her now; she had a funny way of crinkling up her eyes when she laughed.
"Betty Gordon in the Land of Oil" by Alice B. Emerson
His brow, none the less, was crinkled, and he watched dubiously as Murguia helped the two girls into great armchair-like saddles.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

In poetry:

"I'd wear for fun and frolic
A crinkled daffodil,
With a crown quite comfortable
And a flaring yellow frill.
"June" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Under a sultry, yellow sky,
On the yellow sand I lie;
The crinkled vapors smite my brain,
I smoulder in a fiery pain.
"Mercedes" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
But still the lightning crinkled keen,
Or fluttered fitful from behind
The leaden drifts, then only seen,
That rumbled eastward on the wind.
"The Lesson" by James Russell Lowell
I see leaf-shade and sun-fleck lend
Their tremulous, sweet vicissitude
To smooth, dark pool, to crinkling bend,--
(Oh, stew him, Ann, as 'twere your friend,
With amorous solicitude!)
"To Mr. John Bartlett" by James Russell Lowell
Mr. Hezekiah Hinkle
Felt his hair begin to crinkle,
As it rose up on his forehead in affright;
Though his comrade spoke so mildly,
Mr. Hinkle wondered wildly,
How he could escape this dire and awful plight.
"A Photographic Failure" by Carolyn Wells
They'll 'ave a little flag 'ung out — they'll 'ave the parlour gay
With crinkled paper all about, the same as Christmas Day,
An' out of all the neighbours' doors the 'eads'll pop to greet
Me comin' wounded 'ome to 'Enry Street.
"The Convalescent" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The mere mention of fruitcake can cause many a face to frown and crinkle.
If they don't kill you outright, they'll most certainly crinkle your skin.
Molasses Crinkles and lasagna.
Syfy show inspires ' Molasses Crinkles'.
Was intrigued by dialogue in a "Warehouse 13" episode on the Syfy channel that mentioned molasses crinkles, and asked readers for a recipe: "Whatever it is, I want to make it.".
A tank dress in needle-punched crinkled silk, mohair and nylon.
On one hand, the noisy crinkle works as a marketing asset.
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and crinkle fries.
Molasses Crinkles and lasagna .
There are the "parentheses" bracketing our mouths, the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup crinkles deepening between the eyes, the Saturn rings encircling the neck.
The shops are a' bursting with shamrock, smoky bacon, and lamb vindaloo flavored crisps, wrinkled, crinkled and deep baked, new confections everywhere.
Cup prepared chile with beans 20 crinkle cut steak fries 1 Tbsp.
The leaves crinkling under my feet.
Crow's-feet and crinkled skin don't stand a chance against Fredric Brandt.
Gorgeous colors, with fall sprinkles , lots of cars going crinkle.

In science:

With some modification of the model one can get a mixed phase (condensed, crinkled), where there is one vertex with cM , c < 1, balls, the other urns are uniformly filled up.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
The surfaces now appear to stay in a “knobbly” or crinkled phase, whatever the value of λ, and the transition is lost.
Crossover Between Weakly and Strongly Self-avoiding Random Surfaces
Gaussian statistics.17 On the other hand, thanks to excessive crinkling operational at length scales smaller than ℓ, the vortex lines are not smooth in this range (Tsubota et al. , Vinen ).
Superfluid Turbulence: Kelvin Wave Cascade Regime
Vinen predicted, the enhancement of the vortex line density L, for a given value of ℓ, caused by the excessive crinkling of the vortex lines in the Kelvin wave cascade.
Superfluid Turbulence: Kelvin Wave Cascade Regime
On the other hand, because of excessive crinkling occuring at small length scales, the vortex lines become non-smooth and fractal-like in this range (Tsubota et al. , Vinen ).
Superfluid Turbulence: Kelvin Wave Cascade Regime