Definition of crease in English:


Syllabification: crease
Pronunciation: /krēs


  • 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.


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  • 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.

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