- a line, mark, or ridge made by folding and pressing cloth, paper, etc.: the crease in trousers
- a fold or wrinkle: creases in a jowl
- Cricket any of the lines that mark off the station of the batsman or of the bowler
- an area marked off by lines in front of or around the goal cage, which cannot be entered by players on the offense except under certain conditions
Origin of creaseearlier creaste, literally , ridge from Middle English creste, crece, crest
transitive verbcreased, creas′ing
- to fold and make a crease in
- to wrinkle; muss
- to graze and injure slightly with a bullet
- A line made by pressing, folding, or wrinkling.
- Sports a. In hockey, an area marked in front of the goal in which an offensive player can score a goal only if the puck reaches the area before the player does.b. In lacrosse, the circle marked around the goal into which offensive players cannot enter.c. One of the lines in cricket marking off the positions of the bowler and batter or the space between two of these lines.
verbcreased, creas·ing, creas·es
- To make a pressed, folded, or wrinkled line in.
- To graze or wound superficially with a bullet.
Origin of creaseAlteration of creaste perhaps from Middle English creste ridge ; see crest .
- A line or mark made by folding or doubling any pliable substance; hence, a similar mark, however produced.
- His pants had a nice sharp crease.
- His shirt was brand new with visible creases from its store fold.
- (cricket) One of the white lines drawn on the pitch to show different areas of play; especially the popping crease, but also the bowling crease and the return crease.
- (lacrosse) The circle around the goal, where no offensive players can go.
- (ice hockey) The goal crease; an area in front of each goal, surrounded by thin red lines and filled in with light blue.
(third-person singular simple present creases, present participle creasing, simple past and past participle creased)
- Archaic form of kris.