Definition of creance in US English:



  • A long fine cord attached to a hawk's leash to prevent escape during training.

    • ‘We use a fishing reel to store the creance line - this way we can rewind the line and keep it from tangling.’
    • ‘Some birds will overfly the lure the first time off the creance because of the lessened drag.’
    • ‘To my relief he flew to me just the same as he had on the creance.’
    • ‘The falcon is taught to hop, then flutter, and finally fly the length of the creance to the falconer for food.’
    string, thread, thong, lace, ribbon, strap, tape, tie, line, rope, cable, wire, ligature
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Late 15th century: from French créance ‘faith’, also denoting a cord to retain a bird of peu de créance ( ‘of little faith’ i.e. which cannot yet be relied upon).