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’
    • ‘It had been folded into quarters; heavy creases down the middle and center were proof of this.’
    • ‘This includes the creases, folds, dents and crevices.’
    • ‘Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.’
    • ‘He reached forth, smoothing the creases out of the front of his robe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jared unfolded the sheet, the creases set from years of staying folded.’
    • ‘Not only did the colors have to be mixed just right, but creases and folds had to be shown in a natural manner.’
    • ‘Remove the paper backing, refold along the pressed creases and fuse.’
    • ‘I took my seat and placed my napkin in my lap, folding all the creases while a few people took their seats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He folded the map up once again, its old creases and textures feeling strange on his hand, like crinkled bark almost.’
    • ‘Because the paintings are folded when they travel, they bear gridlike patterns of creases.’
    • ‘Summer smoothed out the creases in the paper and began to read what it said.’
    • ‘Make a crease in the center of each triangle by folding in half.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The key is to fold the item, but avoid creating a sharp crease.’
    • ‘Once in a while, try to alternate the way you fold your garments in order to prevent creases from setting in permanently.’
    • ‘If pressing doesn't remove the crease, use an alternate layout.’
    • ‘From the agency that brought you permanent-press cotton and permanent creases in wool trousers in the 1960s comes an exciting new breakthrough.’
    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.
      • ‘Creases around mouths can increase the appearance of a mouth.’
      • ‘Her eyes furrowed in deep crease, as she gingerly tapped the bridge of her nose.’
      • ‘The rash is worse under the arms and in skin creases.’
      • ‘She looked across her desk at me, and I could see that the creases around her eyes were deepening with her skeptical expression.’
      • ‘In fact, he seemed rather amiable, if rather animated with a worried crease between his brows.’
      • ‘He liked the way sometimes a little crease wrinkled the side of her nose when she laughed.’
      • ‘Most of the scars are hidden within the hair and in the normal creases of the skin.’
      • ‘The deep creases under my eyes stand in noteworthy contrast to my pale skin.’
      • ‘Deep, vertical creases run from nose to forehead and press outward from her frowning mouth.’
      • ‘He peered at the screen, a vertical crease appearing on his forehead.’
      • ‘A slight crease appeared between Kel's brows, and her eyes narrowed as a new thought struck her.’
      • ‘Tiny wrinkles morphed into deep creases in his skin, by his eyes and near his mouth.’
      • ‘The crease of worry in his forehead only deepened.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The old innkeeper smiled, the creases around her eyes multiplying.’
      • ‘She looked middle-aged, with only slight creases around her eyes, and along the corners of her mouth.’
      • ‘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, especially the position of a batsman.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘We plan to keep him at the crease so the scoring-rate slows down.’
    • ‘He is standing almost at the edge of the crease, the closest you'd ever see anyone field in that position.’
  • 3usually the creaseAn 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They go to the top of the crease - with and without the puck - harder than any team in the league.’
    • ‘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.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make a crease in (cloth or paper)

    ‘he sank into the chair, careful not to crease his dinner jacket’
    ‘a creased piece of paper’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 paperback stubbornly fought to stay closed because it was new and the binding had yet to be creased.’
    • ‘The cloth is creased, the day's newspaper is folded neatly, and an unopened letter to Monsieur Ph. Rousseau awaits its reader.’
    • ‘Be sure to fold the paper loosely and not crease it at the folds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the other side of the table, Katelyn finished shuffling through her disorganized folders, and she removed one creased paper from the bunch.’
    • ‘It wrinkles easily and should not be creased excessively to avoid wear and breakage of the fibers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I began flattening the creased and grimy paper, all my attention focused upon it.’
    • ‘Open the paper and crease the folds back and forth to make the pages easier to form.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He wore a suit that looked to have several years' creases embedded in the cloth.’
    • ‘Opening the book slowly to pages that barely have been creased, the student sheepishly begins the Invention.’
    • ‘Why didn't he crease his paper or write on a piece of foil or something so he could tell them apart?’
    • ‘After all, won't meditation lead to a very creased Armani suit?’
    • ‘Now crease the paper template along both sides and cut out the opening.’
    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’
      • ‘The coach looked up self-importantly from his clipboard, a frown creasing his face before he realized who we were.’
      • ‘A dark frowned creased her face with half-forgotten woes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her words came back to him suddenly, a frown creasing his perfect features as he remembered her words.’
      • ‘The first and last serious emotion that creases this weathered face is agony at a headache.’
      • ‘Immediately, a frown creased a face that, at least so far, has displayed only relaxed confidence.’
      • ‘A frown creased his face and he surveyed me with a look.’
      • ‘A small frown creased her face in minor aggravation as she tried to push her way out of the crowded sanctuary.’
      • ‘A frown creased his perfect features as he glanced up at the sky to see dark clouds rolling in.’
      • ‘A worried frown creased the cook's face as soon as little Alissa was gone.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A frown creased my face as I turned to find Loren sitting next to George.’
      • ‘The King slowly sat back down, lines creasing his face as if he were suffering a horrible headache.’
      • ‘Heavy lines creased her face into a sad expression.’
      • ‘‘Alright,’ said the Queen, a frown creasing her face.’
      • ‘Then a grin stretches across his face, lifting and creasing his pale features.’
      • ‘He focused on Rob, who had a curious, dazed expression creasing his face.’
      • ‘Nathan brought his head up sharply at her question and glanced at her, a frown creasing his features.’
  • 2(of a bullet) graze (someone or something), causing little damage.

    ‘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

/krēs//kris/