Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A line made by pressing, folding, or wrinkling.
  • n. Sports A rectangular area marked off in front of the goal in hockey and lacrosse.
  • n. Sports One of the lines in cricket marking off the positions of the bowler and batter or the space between two of these lines.
  • transitive v. To make a pressed, folded, or wrinkled line in.
  • transitive v. To graze or wound superficially with a bullet.
  • intransitive v. To become wrinkled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A line or mark made by folding or doubling any pliable substance; hence, a similar mark, however produced.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The circle around the goal, where no offensive players can go.
  • n. The goal crease; an area in front of each goal, surrounded by thin red lines and filled in with light blue.
  • v. To make a crease in; to wrinkle.
  • v. To lightly bloody; to graze.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See creese.
  • n. A line or mark made by folding or doubling any pliable substance; hence, a similar mark, however produced.
  • n. One of the lines serving to define the limits of the bowler and the striker.
  • n. The combination of four lines forming a rectangle inclosing either goal, or the inclosed space itself, within which no attacking player is allowed unless the ball is there; -- called also goal crease.
  • transitive v. To make a crease or mark in, as by folding or doubling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A line or long thin mark made by folding or doubling; hence, a similar mark, however produced.
  • n. Specifically, one of certain lines used in the game of cricket.
  • n. A split or rent.
  • n. A curved tile.
  • n. The top of a horse's neck.
  • To make a line or long thin mark in, as by folding, doubling, or indenting.
  • To indent, as a cartridge-case, for the purpose of confining the charge; crimp.
  • In hunting, to wound by a shot which flattens the upper vertebræ, or cuts the muscles of the neck, and stuns, but does not kill.
  • To increase; grow.
  • To increase; augment.
  • n. Increase; profit.
  • n. A less common spelling of creese.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become wrinkled or crumpled or creased
  • v. make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in
  • n. a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
  • n. an angular or rounded shape made by folding
  • v. make wrinkled or creased
  • n. a Malayan dagger with a wavy blade
  • v. scrape gently

Etymologies

Alteration of creaste, perhaps from Middle English creste, ridge; see crest.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Thank you, fbharjo. I've added it to my hence list, too.

    May 15, 2012

  • To make a line or long thin
    mark in,
    as by folding,
    doubling,
    or indenting.

    May 15, 2012

  • Cricket fans, listen to Roy Harper's 1970's song When an old Cricketer Leaves the Crease. You'll be glad you did, trust me.

    September 25, 2009

  • In stamp collecting, a noticeable weakening of the paper of a stamp or cover, caused by its being folded or bent at some point. Creases substantially lower a stamp's value.

    August 25, 2008

  • Also an ice hockey and lacrosse term. :-)

    November 30, 2007

  • Cricket jargon - the areas around the wickets marked with white lines that indicate the extent of the batsman's safe territory (popping crease) and the area within which the bowler's feet must land when bowling a ball (bowling crease and return crease).

    November 30, 2007