Definition of crease in English:



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

    ‘khaki trousers with knife-edge creases’
    • ‘Make a crease in the center of each triangle by folding in half.’
    • ‘Once in a while, try to alternate the way you fold your garments in order to prevent creases from setting in permanently.’
    • ‘Jared unfolded the sheet, the creases set from years of staying folded.’
    • ‘This includes the creases, folds, dents and crevices.’
    • ‘It had been folded into quarters; heavy creases down the middle and center were proof of this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He folded the map up once again, its old creases and textures feeling strange on his hand, like crinkled bark almost.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘I took my seat and placed my napkin in my lap, folding all the creases while a few people took their seats.’
    • ‘Not only did the colors have to be mixed just right, but creases and folds had to be shown in a natural manner.’
    • ‘Because the paintings are folded when they travel, they bear gridlike patterns of creases.’
    • ‘He reached forth, smoothing the creases out of the front of his robe.’
    • ‘Folding clothes gives a sharp crease along the fold line.’
    • ‘From the agency that brought you permanent-press cotton and permanent creases in wool trousers in the 1960s comes an exciting new breakthrough.’
    • ‘The key is to fold the item, but avoid creating a sharp crease.’
    • ‘Remove the paper backing, refold along the pressed creases and fuse.’
    • ‘Summer smoothed out the creases in the paper and began to read what it said.’
    fold, groove, ridge, furrow, line, ruck, pleat, tuck, corrugation
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    1. 1.1A wrinkle or furrow in the skin, typically of the face, caused by age or a particular facial expression.
      • ‘Most of the scars are hidden within the hair and in the normal creases of the skin.’
      • ‘The rash is worse under the arms and in skin creases.’
      • ‘In fact, he seemed rather amiable, if rather animated with a worried crease between his brows.’
      • ‘A slight crease appeared between Kel's brows, and her eyes narrowed as a new thought struck her.’
      • ‘He peered at the screen, a vertical crease appearing on his forehead.’
      • ‘There was a crease of worry across her brow as well.’
      • ‘The old innkeeper smiled, the creases around her eyes multiplying.’
      • ‘She looked across her desk at me, and I could see that the creases around her eyes were deepening with her skeptical expression.’
      • ‘The creases in my forehead disappeared when I heard music coming from the back.’
      • ‘He liked the way sometimes a little crease wrinkled the side of her nose when she laughed.’
      • ‘Her eyes furrowed in deep crease, as she gingerly tapped the bridge of her nose.’
      • ‘The crease of worry in his forehead only deepened.’
      • ‘A small crease appeared between his eyebrows while he continued to watch her, his retreat momentarily forgotten.’
      • ‘The deep creases under my eyes stand in noteworthy contrast to my pale skin.’
      • ‘Tiny wrinkles morphed into deep creases in his skin, by his eyes and near his mouth.’
      • ‘Creases around mouths can increase the appearance of a mouth.’
      • ‘The creases around his mouth deepened and he unconsciously drummed his fingers on the table.’
      • ‘She looked middle-aged, with only slight creases around her eyes, and along the corners of her mouth.’
      • ‘Deep, vertical creases run from nose to forehead and press outward from her frowning mouth.’
      wrinkle, line, crinkle, pucker, laughter line
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  • 2An 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That plays into the hands of the Europeans, who love to make deep crossing passes to draw the goalie out of the crease.’
    • ‘They'll shoot from the blue line and sweep in pucks around the crease.’
  • 3Cricket
    Any of a number of lines marked on the pitch at specified places, especially the position of a batsman.

    • ‘We plan to keep him at the crease so the scoring-rate slows down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 1Make a crease in (cloth or paper)

    ‘he sank into the chair, careful not to crease his dinner jacket’
    ‘a creased piece of paper’
    • ‘I began flattening the creased and grimy paper, all my attention focused upon it.’
    • ‘Be sure to fold the paper loosely and not crease it at the folds.’
    • ‘Why didn't he crease his paper or write on a piece of foil or something so he could tell them apart?’
    • ‘He wore a suit that looked to have several years' creases embedded in the cloth.’
    • ‘Open the paper and crease the folds back and forth to make the pages easier to form.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now crease the paper template along both sides and cut out the opening.’
    • ‘After all, won't meditation lead to a very creased Armani suit?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Opening the book slowly to pages that barely have been creased, the student sheepishly begins the Invention.’
    • ‘The paperback stubbornly fought to stay closed because it was new and the binding had yet to be creased.’
    • ‘It wrinkles easily and should not be creased excessively to avoid wear and breakage of the fibers.’
    • ‘The cloth is creased, the day's newspaper is folded neatly, and an unopened letter to Monsieur Ph. Rousseau awaits its reader.’
    • ‘On the other side of the table, Katelyn finished shuffling through her disorganized folders, and she removed one creased paper from the bunch.’
    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. 1.1Cause 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’
      • ‘A frown creased his perfect features as he glanced up at the sky to see dark clouds rolling in.’
      • ‘With a heavy frown creasing his face, he turned back to his meal and the room went silent.’
      • ‘Immediately, a frown creased a face that, at least so far, has displayed only relaxed confidence.’
      • ‘Arnold stood again, a worried frown creasing his features.’
      • ‘Heavy lines creased her face into a sad expression.’
      • ‘A dark frowned creased her face with half-forgotten woes.’
      • ‘A frown creased his face and he surveyed me with a look.’
      • ‘A worried frown creased the cook's face as soon as little Alissa was gone.’
      • ‘Her words came back to him suddenly, a frown creasing his perfect features as he remembered her words.’
      • ‘The King slowly sat back down, lines creasing his face as if he were suffering a horrible headache.’
      • ‘Then a grin stretches across his face, lifting and creasing his pale features.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The coach looked up self-importantly from his clipboard, a frown creasing his face before he realized who we were.’
      • ‘‘Alright,’ said the Queen, a frown creasing her face.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first and last serious emotion that creases this weathered face is agony at a headache.’
      • ‘A small frown creased her face in minor aggravation as she tried to push her way out of the crowded sanctuary.’
      • ‘He focused on Rob, who had a curious, dazed expression creasing his face.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2(of a bullet) graze (someone or something), causing little damage.

    ‘a bullet creased his thigh’
    • ‘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.