Definition of crease in English:

crease

noun

  • 1A line or ridge produced on paper or cloth by folding, pressing, or crushing.

    ‘khaki trousers with knife-edge creases’
    • ‘Due to the plastic used in the pad, if the pad were folded in half, there would be a permanent crease, which would effectively ruin it.’
    • ‘From the agency that brought you permanent-press cotton and permanent creases in wool trousers in the 1960s comes an exciting new breakthrough.’
    • ‘He reached forth, smoothing the creases out of the front of his robe.’
    • ‘This includes the creases, folds, dents and crevices.’
    • ‘I took my seat and placed my napkin in my lap, folding all the creases while a few people took their seats.’
    • ‘Because the paintings are folded when they travel, they bear gridlike patterns of creases.’
    • ‘Once in a while, try to alternate the way you fold your garments in order to prevent creases from setting in permanently.’
    • ‘Not only did the colors have to be mixed just right, but creases and folds had to be shown in a natural manner.’
    • ‘Summer smoothed out the creases in the paper and began to read what it said.’
    • ‘Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.’
    • ‘Remove the paper backing, refold along the pressed creases and fuse.’
    • ‘If pressing doesn't remove the crease, use an alternate layout.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It had been folded into quarters; heavy creases down the middle and center were proof of this.’
    • ‘Make a crease in the center of each triangle by folding in half.’
    • ‘It's now been several weeks since I've had to lock him in his room for failing to put a crease in my pyjama trousers.’
    • ‘The key is to fold the item, but avoid creating a sharp crease.’
    • ‘He folded the map up once again, its old creases and textures feeling strange on his hand, like crinkled bark almost.’
    • ‘Jared unfolded the sheet, the creases set from years of staying folded.’
    fold, groove, ridge, furrow, line, ruck, pleat, tuck, corrugation
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    1. 1.1 A wrinkle or furrow in the skin, especially of the face, caused by age or a particular facial expression.
      ‘stubble lines the creases of his face’
      • ‘The old innkeeper smiled, the creases around her eyes multiplying.’
      • ‘In fact, he seemed rather amiable, if rather animated with a worried crease between his brows.’
      • ‘Her eyes furrowed in deep crease, as she gingerly tapped the bridge of her nose.’
      • ‘She looked middle-aged, with only slight creases around her eyes, and along the corners of her mouth.’
      • ‘A slight crease appeared between Kel's brows, and her eyes narrowed as a new thought struck her.’
      • ‘Creases around mouths can increase the appearance of a mouth.’
      • ‘He liked the way sometimes a little crease wrinkled the side of her nose when she laughed.’
      • ‘The deep creases under my eyes stand in noteworthy contrast to my pale skin.’
      • ‘The rash is worse under the arms and in skin creases.’
      • ‘He peered at the screen, a vertical crease appearing on his forehead.’
      • ‘Deep, vertical creases run from nose to forehead and press outward from her frowning mouth.’
      • ‘The crease of worry in his forehead only deepened.’
      • ‘Tiny wrinkles morphed into deep creases in his skin, by his eyes and near his mouth.’
      • ‘Most of the scars are hidden within the hair and in the normal creases of the skin.’
      • ‘The creases around his mouth deepened and he unconsciously drummed his fingers on the table.’
      • ‘There was a crease of worry across her brow as well.’
      • ‘She looked across her desk at me, and I could see that the creases around her eyes were deepening with her skeptical expression.’
      • ‘A small crease appeared between his eyebrows while he continued to watch her, his retreat momentarily forgotten.’
      • ‘The creases in my forehead disappeared when I heard music coming from the back.’
      wrinkle, line, crinkle, pucker, laughter line
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  • 2Cricket
    Any of a number of lines marked on the pitch at specified places.

    • ‘After arriving at the batting crease on the fourth evening, he made a cautious start, scoring only six runs off his first 35 balls.’
    • ‘So can you please do us a favour and sweep the pitch and remake the creases?’
    • ‘He is standing almost at the edge of the crease, the closest you'd ever see anyone field in that position.’
    • ‘We plan to keep him at the crease so the scoring-rate slows down.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1the crease The position of a batsman during their innings.
      ‘England were 15 for 3 overnight, with Stewart and Russell at the crease’
      • ‘The batsmen had to stay at the crease for a while before upping the scoring.’
      • ‘The best one-day batsmen have a remarkable ability to use the crease as a means of creating space for themselves.’
      • ‘Most of the batsmen need more time at the crease, and the position of the third pace bowler is undecided.’
      • ‘Throughout the commentary there will be interviews with batsmen just before they head to the crease and fielders on the boundary edge.’
      • ‘Suddenly, with two new batsmen at the crease, the runs began to dry up.’
  • 3the creaseAn area around the goal in ice hockey or lacrosse which the players may not enter unless the puck or the ball has already done so.

    ‘he was caught in the crease without the puck’
    • ‘They go to the top of the crease - with and without the puck - harder than any team in the league.’
    • ‘You never want to fire a pass through traffic or slide that puck across the crease - because you'll pay for it.’
    • ‘They'll shoot from the blue line and sweep in pucks around the crease.’
    • ‘That plays into the hands of the Europeans, who love to make deep crossing passes to draw the goalie out of the crease.’
    • ‘If a player catches a goalie in the crease it'll be a penalty and the goal will be disallowed.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Make a crease in (cloth or paper)

    ‘he sank into the chair, careful not to crease his dinner jacket’
    • ‘Open the paper and crease the folds back and forth to make the pages easier to form.’
    • ‘The cloth is creased, the day's newspaper is folded neatly, and an unopened letter to Monsieur Ph. Rousseau awaits its reader.’
    • ‘Why didn't he crease his paper or write on a piece of foil or something so he could tell them apart?’
    • ‘On the other side of the table, Katelyn finished shuffling through her disorganized folders, and she removed one creased paper from the bunch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Opening the book slowly to pages that barely have been creased, the student sheepishly begins the Invention.’
    • ‘To decorate the front and back panels, place a sheet of decorative paper on the front panel of the box and crease the paper along the edges.’
    • ‘As we crossed the Baltic in a shared ship's cabin, my mother watched to make sure I brushed my hair and teeth morning and night and chastised me for wearing clothes that were too creased or skirts that were too short.’
    • ‘Be sure to fold the paper loosely and not crease it at the folds.’
    • ‘Now crease the paper template along both sides and cut out the opening.’
    • ‘I began flattening the creased and grimy paper, all my attention focused upon it.’
    • ‘As you place your paper tile in position, crease the paper (as you push it into the corner or curve) as tightly as you can possibly get it.’
    • ‘I clutched the black and purple booklet to my chest, before flicking through the pages, making sure nothing was creased and every page was still in its place.’
    • ‘The paper is then pushed down into the gutter using a straight-edge ruler attached to the robotic arm, and the gutter closes on the paper to crease it.’
    • ‘he pulled a creased scrap of paper out of the back pocket of his jeans and squinted at it, finally taking a pair of store bought half glasses out of his shirt pocket.’
    • ‘He dug in the pocket of his jeans for a few seconds, and I waited for him to finish, curious, as he managed to yank out a piece of carefully folded, yet creased, paper.’
    • ‘After all, won't meditation lead to a very creased Armani suit?’
    • ‘The paperback stubbornly fought to stay closed because it was new and the binding had yet to be creased.’
    • ‘He wore a suit that looked to have several years' creases embedded in the cloth.’
    • ‘It wrinkles easily and should not be creased excessively to avoid wear and breakage of the fibers.’
    crumple, wrinkle, crinkle, scrunch up, rumple, line, pucker, crimp, ruck up, gather, furrow
    press, iron, put a crease in, fold
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    1. 1.1 Cause 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’
      • ‘A frown creased his face and he surveyed me with a look.’
      • ‘Then a grin stretches across his face, lifting and creasing his pale features.’
      • ‘With a heavy frown creasing his face, he turned back to his meal and the room went silent.’
      • ‘Arnold stood again, a worried frown creasing his features.’
      • ‘The King slowly sat back down, lines creasing his face as if he were suffering a horrible headache.’
      • ‘A frown creased my face as I turned to find Loren sitting next to George.’
      • ‘Nathan brought his head up sharply at her question and glanced at her, a frown creasing his features.’
      • ‘He sighed a little and shut it quickly, locking it, then lifting it and carrying it outside; Marietta followed him, her arms crossed, a deep frown creasing her face.’
      • ‘A small frown creased her face in minor aggravation as she tried to push her way out of the crowded sanctuary.’
      • ‘Heavy lines creased her face into a sad expression.’
      • ‘He focused on Rob, who had a curious, dazed expression creasing his face.’
      • ‘Hannah glanced over at Tyler, a frown creasing her features as she watched him a moment before closing her eyes and losing herself in her thoughts.’
      • ‘A worried frown creased the cook's face as soon as little Alissa was gone.’
      • ‘Immediately, a frown creased a face that, at least so far, has displayed only relaxed confidence.’
      • ‘Her words came back to him suddenly, a frown creasing his perfect features as he remembered her words.’
      • ‘The coach looked up self-importantly from his clipboard, a frown creasing his face before he realized who we were.’
      • ‘A frown creased his perfect features as he glanced up at the sky to see dark clouds rolling in.’
      • ‘The first and last serious emotion that creases this weathered face is agony at a headache.’
      • ‘A dark frowned creased her face with half-forgotten woes.’
      • ‘‘Alright,’ said the Queen, a frown creasing her face.’
  • 2crease up" or "crease someone upBritish informal Burst out or cause to burst out laughing.

    no object ‘Jo could imitate anybody and always made him crease up’
    • ‘One morning, my swimming teacher (actually a rather bored history master who'd been drafted in to help out), who had been watching me doggedly ploughing along in this manner, unexpectedly creased up with helpless laughter.’
    • ‘And it did leave me creased up with laughter on one point.’
    • ‘It is a giant boost, one I'm sure everyone has felt on a smaller scale whenever we make our friends crease up with laughter.’
    • ‘It had me creased up laughing, and, although it's well past its sell-by date now, it's getting stuck up here anyway.’
    • ‘I have had buses pull up in front of the house and everybody who sees the gnomes creases up laughing.’
    • ‘I ask the mild-looking septuagenarian who is creasing up with laughter at the memory.’
    entertain, make laugh, delight, divert, gladden, cheer, cheer up, please, charm, tickle, convulse, beguile, enliven, regale
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  • 3British informal Hit or punch (someone) hard.

    ‘clap or I'll crease you’
  • 4(of a bullet) graze (someone or something)

    ‘a bullet creased his thigh’
    • ‘I felt a sharp tug on my left temple as the bullet creased me before it splat into the armor plate by my head.’
    • ‘Another bullet creased my skull on the other side of my forehead.’

Origin

Late 16th century: probably a variant of crest.

Pronunciation

crease

/kriːs/