Definition of crease in English:

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Pronunciation: /krēs/


1A line or ridge produced on paper or cloth by folding, pressing, or crushing it: khaki trousers with knife-edge creases
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  • Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.
  • A leaf of paper lined with creases from years of unfolding was clutched tightly in his right hand with its yellow and wrinkled envelope held in his left.
  • This includes the creases, folds, dents and crevices.
1.1A wrinkle or furrow in the skin, typically of the face, caused by age or a particular facial expression.
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  • Tiny wrinkles morphed into deep creases in his skin, by his eyes and near his mouth.
  • The rash is worse under the arms and in skin creases.
  • Most of the scars are hidden within the hair and in the normal creases of the skin.
2 (usually the crease) An area around the goal in ice hockey or lacrosse that attacking players may not normally enter unless the puck or ball has already done so.
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  • They'll shoot from the blue line and sweep in pucks around the crease.
  • If a player catches a goalie in the crease it'll be a penalty and the goal will be disallowed.
  • You never want to fire a pass through traffic or slide that puck across the crease - because you'll pay for it.
2.1 Cricket Any of a number of lines marked on the pitch at specified places, especially the position of a batsman.
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  • So can you please do us a favour and sweep the pitch and remake the creases?
  • After arriving at the batting crease on the fourth evening, he made a cautious start, scoring only six runs off his first 35 balls.
  • Just have a look at where some of the Aussies take strike and you will see them well in front of their creases and looking to play forward.


[with object]
1Make a crease in (cloth or paper): he sank into the chair, careful not to crease his dinner jacket (as adjective creased) a creased piece of paper
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  • Why didn't he crease his paper or write on a piece of foil or something so he could tell them apart?
  • The cloth is creased, the day's newspaper is folded neatly, and an unopened letter to Monsieur Ph. Rousseau awaits its reader.
  • It definitely was a downer, but Tyson creased the paper and shrugged it off nonetheless, with the reminder that he would see his father again.
crumple, wrinkle, crinkle, line, scrunch up, rumple, ruck up
1.1Cause a crease to appear temporarily in (the face or its features), typically as a result of the expression of an emotion or feeling: a small frown creased her forehead
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  • The first and last serious emotion that creases this weathered face is agony at a headache.
  • He focused on Rob, who had a curious, dazed expression creasing his face.
  • ‘Alright,’ said the Queen, a frown creasing her face.
2(Of a bullet) graze (someone or something), causing little damage: a bullet creased his thigh
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  • Another bullet creased my skull on the other side of my forehead.
  • I felt a sharp tug on my left temple as the bullet creased me before it splat into the armor plate by my head.


Late 16th century: probably a variant of crest.

  • crest from Middle English:

    Crest comes from Latin crista, meaning ‘a tuft or plume’. Crestfallen (late 16th century), meaning ‘dejected’, is an extension of its original use to describe an animal or bird with a drooping crest. Crease (late 16th century) is probably an alternative form of crest, the idea being that a fold in a length of cloth forms a ridge or crest.

Words that rhyme with crease

anis, apiece, Berenice, caprice, cassis, cease, coulisse, Dumfries, fils, fleece, geese, grease, Greece, kris, lease, Lucrece, MacNeice, Matisse, McAleese, Nice, niece, obese, peace, pelisse, police, Rees, Rhys, set piece, sublease, surcease, two-piece, underlease

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Syllabification: crease

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