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Craiova
geographical name city S Romania population 300,030
crake
noun Etymology: Middle English, probably from Old Norse krāka crow or krākr raven; akin to Old English crāwan to crow Date: 14th century 1. any of various rails; especially ...
Cram
I. biographical name Donald James 1919-2001 American chemist II. biographical name Ralph Adams 1863-1942 American architect & author
cram
I. verb (crammed; cramming) Etymology: Middle English crammen, from Old English crammian; akin to Old Norse kremja to squeeze Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. ...
crambo
noun (plural cramboes) Etymology: alteration of earlier crambe, from Latin, cabbage, from Greek krambē Date: 1660 a game in which one player gives a word or line of verse to ...
crammer
noun see cram I
cramp
I. noun Etymology: Middle English crampe, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch crampe; akin to Old High German krampf bent Date: 14th century 1. a ...
crampon
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French crampon, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch crampe Date: 15th century 1. a hooked clutch or dog for raising heavy ...
crampy
adjective see cramp I
Cranach
biographical name Lucas 1472-1553 German painter & engraver
cranberry
noun Etymology: part translation of Low German kraanbere, from kraan crane + bere berry Date: 1647 1. the red acid berry produced by some plants (as Vaccinium oxycoccos and V. ...
cranberry bush
noun Date: 1778 highbush cranberry
Cranborne
biographical name Viscount — see Robert Cecil
Crane
I. biographical name (Harold) Hart 1899-1932 American poet II. biographical name Stephen 1871-1900 American writer III. biographical name Walter 1845-1915 English artist
crane
I. noun Etymology: Middle English cran, from Old English; akin to Old High German krano crane, Greek geranos, Latin grus Date: before 12th century 1. any of a family (Gruidae ...
crane fly
noun Date: 1658 any of a family (Tipulidae) of long-legged slender dipteran flies that resemble large mosquitoes but do not bite
cranesbill
noun Date: 1548 geranium 1
crani-
or cranio- combining form Etymology: Medieval Latin cranium cranium ; cranial and
cranial
adjective Date: 1800 1. of or relating to the skull or cranium 2. cephalic • cranially adverb
cranial index
noun Date: 1868 the ratio multiplied by 100 of the maximum breadth of the bare skull to its maximum length from front to back
cranial nerve
noun Date: 1840 any of the nerves that arise in pairs from the lower surface of the brain one on each side and pass through openings in the skull to the periphery of the body ...
cranially
adverb see cranial
craniate
adjective Date: 1879 having a cranium • craniate noun
cranio-
combining form see crani-
craniocerebral
adjective Date: 1876 involving both cranium and brain
craniofacial
adjective Date: circa 1859 of, relating to, or involving both the cranium and the face
craniology
noun Etymology: probably from German Kraniologie, from kranio- crani- + -logie -logy Date: 1851 a science dealing with variations in size, shape, and proportions of skulls ...
craniometry
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1828 a science dealing with cranial measurement — compare cephalometry
craniosacral
adjective Date: circa 1923 parasympathetic
craniosacral therapy
noun Date: 1986 a system of gentle touch designed to enhance the functioning of the membranes, tissues, fluids, and bones surrounding or associated with the brain and spinal ...
craniosynostosis
noun Etymology: New Latin Date: 1951 premature fusion of the sutures of the skull
craniotomy
noun (plural -mies) Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1855 surgical opening of the skull
cranium
noun (plural -niums or crania) Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Greek kranion; akin to Greek kara head — more at cerebral Date: 15th century skull; specifically the part ...
crank
I. noun Etymology: Middle English cranke, from Old English cranc- (as in crancstæf, a weaving instrument); probably akin to Middle High German krank weak, sick — more at ...
crank out
transitive verb Date: 1956 to produce especially in a mechanical manner
crankcase
noun Date: circa 1878 the housing of a crankshaft
crankily
adverb see cranky I
crankiness
noun see cranky I
crankish
adjective see crank I
crankpin
noun Date: 1839 the cylindrical piece which forms the handle of a crank or to which a connecting rod is attached
crankshaft
noun Date: 1854 1. a shaft driven by or driving a crank 2. a shaft consisting of a series of cranks and crankpins to which the connecting rods of an engine are attached
cranky
I. adjective (crankier; -est) Etymology: 1crank Date: 1821 1. a. given to fretful fussiness ; readily angered when opposed ; crotchety b. marked by eccentricity 2. ...
Cranmer
biographical name Thomas 1489-1556 English reformer; archbishop of Canterbury (1533-56)
crannied
adjective see cranny
crannog
noun Etymology: Scottish Gaelic crannag & Irish crannóg Date: 1608 an artificial fortified island constructed in a lake or marsh originally in prehistoric Ireland and Scotland
cranny
noun (plural crannies) Etymology: Middle English crany, from Middle French cren, cran notch Date: 15th century 1. a small break or slit ; crevice 2. an obscure nook or ...
cranreuch
noun Etymology: probably modification of Scottish Gaelic crannreotha Date: 1682 Scottish hoarfrost, rime
Cranston
geographical name city E Rhode Island S of Providence population 79,269
crap
I. intransitive verb (crapped; crapping) Date: 1846 usually vulgar defecate II. noun Etymology: British dialect crap, craps residue from rendered fat, from Middle English ...
crape
I. noun Etymology: alteration of French crêpe, from Middle French crespe, from crespe curly, from Latin crispus — more at crisp Date: 1633 1. crepe 2. a band of crepe ...
crape myrtle
noun Date: 1850 an Asian shrub (Lagerstroemia indica) of the loosestrife family widely grown in warm regions for its flowers
crapola
noun Etymology: 2crap + -ola, suffix forming jocular variants of words Date: 1941 slang nonsense, rubbish; also stuff 4b
crapper
noun Etymology: 1crap Date: circa 1932 usually vulgar toilet
crappie
noun Etymology: Canadian French crapet Date: circa 1827 1. black crappie 2. white crappie
crappy
adjective (crappier; -est) Date: 1846 slang markedly inferior in quality ; lousy
craps
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Louisiana French, from French crabs, craps, from English crabs lowest throw at hazard, from plural of 1crab Date: ...
crapshoot
noun Date: 1971 something (as a business venture) that has an unpredictable outcome
crapshooter
noun Date: 1895 one who plays craps
crapulous
adjective Etymology: Late Latin crapulosus, from Latin crapula intoxication, from Greek kraipalē Date: 1536 1. marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking 2. ...
crash
I. verb Etymology: Middle English crasschen Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. to break violently and noisily ; smash b. to damage (an airplane) in landing ...
crash cart
noun Date: 1976 a cart stocked with emergency medical equipment, supplies, and drugs for use by medical personnel especially during efforts to resuscitate a patient ...
crash course
noun Date: 1966 a rapid and intense course of study; also an experience that resembles such a course
crash dive
noun Date: 1918 a dive made by a submarine in the least possible time • crash-dive intransitive verb
crash helmet
noun Date: circa 1918 a helmet that is worn (as by motorcyclists) as protection for the head in the event of an accident
crash landing
noun see crash-land
crash pad
noun Date: 1939 1. protective padding (as on the inside of an automobile or a tank) 2. a place to stay temporarily
crash-dive
intransitive verb see crash dive
crash-land
verb Date: 1941 transitive verb to land (an airplane or spacecraft) under emergency conditions usually with damage to the craft intransitive verb to crash-land an ...
crasher
noun see crash I
crashing
adjective Date: 1924 1. utter, absolute 2. superlative • crashingly adverb
crashingly
adverb see crashing
crashworthiness
noun see crashworthy
crashworthy
adjective Date: 1966 resistant to the effects of collision • crashworthiness noun
crass
adjective Etymology: Latin crassus thick, gross Date: circa 1625 1. a. gross 6a; especially having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and ...
crassitude
noun Date: 1679 the quality or state of being crass ; grossness; also an instance of grossness
crassly
adverb see crass
crassness
noun see crass
Crassus
biographical name Marcus Licinius 115?-53 B.C. Dives Roman politician
cratch
noun Etymology: Middle English cracche, from Anglo-French creche manger — more at crèche Date: 13th century 1. archaic manger 2. a crib or rack especially for fodder; ...
crate
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin cratis Date: 15th century 1. an open box of wooden slats or a usually wooden protective case or framework for shipping 2. ...
crater
I. noun Etymology: Latin, mixing bowl, crater, from Greek kratēr, from kerannynai to mix; akin to Sanskrit śrīṇāti he mixes Date: 1613 1. a. the bowl-shaped ...
Crater Lake
geographical name lake 1932 feet (589 meters) deep SW Oregon in Cascade Range at altitude of 6164 feet (1879 meters); main feature of Crater Lake National Park
craterlet
noun Date: 1881 a small crater
craterlike
adjective see crater I
Craters of the Moon National Monument
geographical name reservation SE central Idaho including lava flows & other volcanic formations
craton
noun Etymology: German Kraton, modification of Greek kratos strength — more at hard Date: 1944 a stable relatively immobile area of the earth's crust that forms the nuclear ...
cratonic
adjective see craton
craunch
verb Etymology: probably imitative Date: 1631 crunch • craunch noun
cravat
noun Etymology: French cravate, from Crabate, Cravate Croatian Date: circa 1656 1. a band or scarf worn around the neck 2. necktie
crave
verb (craved; craving) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English crafian; akin to Old Norse krefja to crave, demand Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to ask for ...
craven
adjective Etymology: Middle English cravant Date: 13th century 1. archaic defeated, vanquished 2. lacking the least bit of courage ; contemptibly fainthearted Synonyms: see ...
cravenly
adverb see craven
cravenness
noun see craven
craver
noun see crave
craving
noun Date: 1633 an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing
craw
noun Etymology: Middle English crawe, from Old English *cræga; perhaps akin to Latin vorare to devour — more at voracious Date: 14th century 1. the crop of a bird or ...
crawdad
noun Etymology: alteration of crawfish Date: circa 1905 crayfish 1 — used chiefly west of the Appalachians
crawfish
I. noun Etymology: by folk etymology from Middle English crevis, kraveys Date: 1624 1. crayfish 1 2. spiny lobster II. intransitive verb Date: 1842 to retreat from a ...
crawl
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse krafla Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to move slowly in a prone position without or as if without the use of ...
crawl space
noun Date: 1946 a shallow unfinished space beneath the first floor or under the roof of a building especially for access to plumbing or wiring
crawler
noun Date: 1607 1. one that crawls 2. a vehicle (as a crane) that travels on endless chain belts
crawlway
noun Date: 1843 a low passageway (as in a cave) that can be traversed only by crawling
crawly
adjective (crawlier; -est) Date: 1857 1. creepy 1 2. marked by crawling or slow motion
Cray
biographical name Seymour R. 1925-1996 American computer scientist
crayfish
noun Etymology: by folk etymology from Middle English crevis, from Anglo-French creveis, escreveice, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krebiz crab — more at crab ...
crayon
I. noun Etymology: French, crayon, pencil, from diminutive of craie chalk, from Latin creta Date: 1644 1. a stick of white or colored chalk or of colored wax used for writing ...
crayonist
noun see crayon II
craze
I. verb (crazed; crazing) Etymology: Middle English crasen to crush, craze, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish krasa to crush Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. ...
crazily
adverb see crazy I
craziness
noun see crazy I
crazy
I. adjective (crazier; -est) Date: 1566 1. a. full of cracks or flaws ; unsound b. crooked, askew 2. a. mad, insane b. (1) impractical (2) erratic ...
crazy bone
noun Date: 1876 funny bone
Crazy Horse
biographical name 1842-1877 Ta-sunko-witko or Tashunca-Uitco Sioux Indian chief
crazy quilt
noun Date: 1886 1. a patchwork quilt without a design 2. jumble, hodgepodge
crazy-quilt
adjective Date: 1888 resembling a crazy quilt ; haphazard
crazyweed
noun Date: circa 1889 locoweed
CRC
abbreviation Civil Rights Commission
creak
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English creken to croak, of imitative origin Date: 1583 to make a prolonged grating or squeaking sound often as a result of being ...
creakily
adverb see creaky
creakiness
noun see creaky
creaky
adjective (creakier; -est) Date: 1834 1. marked by creaking ; squeaky 2. showing signs of deterioration or decrepitude • creakily adverb • creakiness noun
cream
I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English creime, creme, from Anglo-French creme, cresme, from Late Latin cramum, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, ...
cream cheese
noun Date: 1583 a mild soft unripened cheese made from whole sweet milk enriched with cream
cream of tartar
Date: 1662 a white crystalline salt C4H5KO6 used especially in baking powder and in certain treatments of metals
cream puff
noun Date: 1880 1. a round shell of light pastry filled with whipped cream or a cream filling 2. an ineffectual person 3. something trifling, inconsiderable, or easily ...
cream soda
noun Date: 1854 a carbonated soft drink flavored with vanilla
creamcups
noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1888 a California annual (Platystemon californicus) of the poppy family
creamer
noun Date: 1858 1. a small vessel for serving cream 2. a nondairy product used as a substitute for cream (as in coffee)
creamery
noun (plural -eries) Date: 1872 an establishment where butter and cheese are made or where milk and cream are prepared or sold
creamily
adverb see creamy
creaminess
noun see creamy
creamware
noun Date: 1780 earthenware having a cream-colored glaze
creamy
adjective (creamier; -est) Date: 1618 1. containing cream 2. resembling cream (as in color, texture, or taste) • creamily adverb • creaminess noun
crease
I. noun Etymology: probably alteration of earlier creaste, from Middle English creste crest Date: 1578 1. a line, mark, or ridge made by or as if by folding a pliable ...
creaseless
adjective see crease I
creaser
noun see crease II
create
I. verb (created; creating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin creatus, past participle of creare; akin to Latin crescere to grow — more at crescent Date: 14th century ...
creatine
noun Etymology: French créatine, from Greek kreat-, kreas flesh — more at raw Date: 1840 a white crystalline nitrogenous substance C4H9N3O2 found especially in the muscles ...
creatine kinase
noun Date: 1964 any of three isoenzymes found especially in vertebrate skeletal and myocardial muscle that catalyze the transfer of a high-energy phosphate group from ...
creatine phosphate
noun Date: 1945 phosphocreatine
creatinine
noun Etymology: German Kreatinin, from Kreatin creatine Date: 1851 a white crystalline strongly basic compound C4H7N3O formed from creatine and found especially in muscle, ...
creation
noun Date: 14th century 1. the act of creating; especially the act of bringing the world into ordered existence 2. the act of making, inventing, or producing: as a. the ...
creation science
noun Date: 1979 creationism; also scientific evidence or arguments put forth in support of creationism
creationism
noun Date: 1880 a doctrine or theory holding that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by God out of nothing and usually in the way described in ...
creationist
noun or adjective see creationism
creative
I. adjective Date: 1678 1. marked by the ability or power to create ; given to creating 2. having the quality of something created rather than imitated ; imaginative 3. ...
creative evolution
noun Date: 1909 evolution that is a creative product of a vital force rather than a spontaneous process explicable in terms of scientific laws — compare emergent evolution
creatively
adverb see creative I
creativeness
noun see creative I
creativity
noun Date: 1875 1. the quality of being creative 2. the ability to create
creator
noun Date: 13th century one that creates usually by bringing something new or original into being; especially capitalized god 1
creatural
adjective see creature
creature
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin creatura, from Latin creatus, past participle of creare Date: 14th century 1. something created either ...
creature comfort
noun Date: 1652 something (as food, warmth, or special accommodations) that gives bodily comfort
creaturehood
noun see creature
creatureliness
noun see creature
creaturely
adjective see creature
Crébillon
biographical name 1674-1762 pseudonym of Prosper Jolyot French dramatist
crèche
noun Etymology: French, from Old French creche manger, crib, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krippa manger — more at crib Date: 1792 1. a representation of the ...
Crécy
or Crécy-en-Ponthieu geographical name commune N France NW of Amiens
Crécy-en-Ponthieu
geographical name see Crécy
cred
noun Date: 1981 credibility; specifically the ability to gain acceptance as a member of a particular group or class
credal
adjective see creed
credence
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin credentia, from Latin credent-, credens, present participle of credere to ...
credent
adjective Etymology: Latin credent-, credens, present participle Date: 1602 1. archaic giving credence ; confiding 2. obsolete credible
credential
I. adjective Date: 15th century warranting credit or confidence — used chiefly in the phrase credential letters II. noun Date: 1655 1. something that gives a title to ...
credentialism
noun Date: 1967 undue emphasis on credentials (as college degrees) as prerequisites to employment
credenza
noun Etymology: Italian, literally, belief, confidence, from Medieval Latin credentia Date: 1880 1. credence 3 2. a sideboard, buffet, or bookcase patterned after a ...
credibility
noun Date: 1594 1. the quality or power of inspiring belief 2. capacity for belief
credibility gap
noun Date: 1966 1. a. lack of trust b. lack of believability 2. discrepancy
credible
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin credibilis, from credere Date: 14th century 1. offering reasonable grounds for being believed 2. of sufficient capability ...
credibly
adverb see credible
credit
I. noun Etymology: Middle French, from Old Italian credito, from Latin creditum something entrusted to another, loan, from neuter of creditus, past participle of credere to ...
credit card
noun Date: 1888 a card authorizing purchases on credit
credit hour
noun Date: circa 1927 the unit of measuring educational credit usually based on the number of classroom hours per week throughout a term
credit line
noun Date: 1899 1. line of credit 2. a line, note, or name that acknowledges the source of an item (as a news dispatch or television program)
credit union
noun Date: 1881 a cooperative association that makes small loans to its members at low interest rates and offers other banking services (as savings and checking accounts)
creditability
noun see creditable
creditable
adjective Date: 1526 1. worthy of belief 2. sufficiently good to bring esteem or praise 3. worthy of commercial credit 4. capable of being assigned • ...
creditableness
noun see creditable
creditably
adverb see creditable
creditor
noun Date: 15th century one to whom a debt is owed; especially a person to whom money or goods are due
creditworthiness
noun see creditworthy
creditworthy
adjective Date: 1924 financially sound enough to justify the extension of credit • creditworthiness noun
credo
noun (plural credos) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, I believe Date: 12th century creed
credo quia absurdum est
foreign term Etymology: Latin I believe it because it is absurd
credo ut intelligam
foreign term Etymology: Latin I believe so that I may understand
credulity
noun Date: 15th century readiness or willingness to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence
credulous
adjective Etymology: Latin credulus, from credere Date: 1576 1. ready to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence 2. proceeding from credulity • credulously ...
credulously
adverb see credulous
credulousness
noun see credulous
Cree
noun (plural Cree or Crees) Etymology: Canadian French Cris, plural, short for Cristinaux, from Ojibwa dialect kirištino•, singular, member of a band living south of James ...
creed
noun Etymology: Middle English crede, from Old English crēda, from Latin credo (first word of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds), from credere to believe, trust, entrust; akin to ...
creedal
adjective see creed
creek
noun Etymology: Middle English crike, creke, from Old Norse -kriki bend Date: 13th century 1. chiefly British a small inlet or bay narrower and extending farther inland than a ...
Creek
noun Date: 1725 1. an American Indian confederacy of peoples chiefly of Muskogean stock of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida 2. a member of any of the Creek peoples 3. the ...
creel
I. noun Etymology: Middle English creille, crele Date: 14th century 1. a wicker basket (as for carrying newly caught fish) 2. a bar with skewers for holding bobbins in a ...
creep
I. intransitive verb (crept; creeping) Etymology: Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan; akin to Old Norse krjūpa to creep Date: before 12th century 1. a. to ...
creep feeder
noun see creep II
creepage
noun Date: 1903 gradual movement ; creep
creeper
noun Date: before 12th century 1. one that creeps: as a. a creeping plant b. a bird (as of the family Certhiidae) that creeps about on trees or bushes searching for ...
creepily
adverb see creepy
creepiness
noun see creepy
creeping
adjective Date: 14th century developing or advancing by slow imperceptible degrees
creeping eruption
noun Date: 1926 a skin disorder marked by a spreading red line of eruption and caused especially by larvae (as of hookworms not normally parasitic in humans) burrowing beneath ...
creepy
adjective (creepier; -est) Date: 1836 1. producing a nervous shivery apprehension ; also eerie 2. of, relating to, or being a creep ; annoyingly unpleasant • creepily ...
cremains
noun plural Etymology: blend of cremated and remains Date: 1947 the ashes of a cremated human body
cremate
transitive verb (cremated; cremating) Etymology: Latin crematus, past participle of cremare to burn up, cremate Date: 1874 to reduce (as a dead body) to ashes by burning • ...
cremation
noun see cremate
crematorium
noun (plural -riums or crematoria) Date: 1880 crematory
crematory
noun (plural -ries) Date: 1876 a furnace for cremating; also an establishment containing such a furnace • crematory adjective
crème
or creme noun (plural crèmes or cremes) Etymology: French, from Old French cresme — more at cream Date: circa 1821 1. a sweet liqueur 2. cream or a preparation made with ...
creme
noun see crème
crème anglaise
noun Etymology: French, literally, English cream Date: 1975 a vanilla-flavored custard sauce usually served with desserts
crème brûlée
noun Etymology: French, literally, scorched cream Date: 1886 a rich custard topped with caramelized sugar
crème caramel
noun Etymology: French, literally, caramel cream Date: 1906 a custard that has been baked with caramel sauce
crème de cacao
noun Etymology: French, literally, cream of cacao Date: circa 1878 a sweet brown or colorless liqueur flavored with cacao beans and vanilla
crème de cassis
noun Etymology: French, literally, cream of black currants Date: 1899 a liqueur made from black currants
crème de la crème
noun Etymology: French, literally, cream of the cream Date: 1848 the very best
crème de menthe
noun Etymology: French, literally, cream of mint Date: circa 1878 a sweet green or colorless mint-flavored liqueur
crème fraîche
or crème fraiche noun Etymology: French, literally, fresh cream Date: 1950 heavy cream thickened and slightly soured with buttermilk and often served on fruit
crème fraiche
noun see crème fraîche
cremini
or crimini noun (plural -ni; also -nis) Etymology: Italian, plural of cremino, from crema cream, from Middle French cresme; probably from their color — more at cream Date: ...
Cremona
geographical name commune N Italy in Lombardy on the Po ESE of Milan population 73,404 • Cremonese adjective
Cremonese
adjective see Cremona
crenate
or crenated adjective Etymology: New Latin crenatus, from Medieval Latin crena notch Date: 1688 having the margin or surface cut into rounded scallops
crenated
adjective see crenate
crenation
noun Date: 1846 1. a. a crenate formation; especially one of the rounded projections on an edge (as of a coin) b. the quality or state of being crenate 2. shrinkage of ...
crenelated
adjective see crenellated
crenelation
noun see crenellation
crenellated
or crenelated adjective Etymology: French créneler to furnish with embrasures, from Old French querneler, from kernel, crenel embrasure, diminutive of cren notch, from crener to ...
crenellation
also crenelation noun Date: 1849 1. battlement 2. any of the embrasures alternating with merlons in a battlement — see battlement illustration
crenshaw
noun Usage: often capitalized Etymology: probably from the name Crenshaw or Cranshaw Date: 1955 a winter melon having smooth green and gold skin and sweet salmon-colored ...
crenulate
adjective see crenulated
crenulated
or crenulate adjective Etymology: New Latin crenulatus, from crenula, diminutive of Medieval Latin crena Date: 1777 having an irregularly wavy or serrate outline • ...
crenulation
noun see crenulated
creole
adjective Date: 1737 1. often capitalized of or relating to Creoles or their language 2. often capitalized relating to or being highly seasoned food typically prepared with ...
Creole
noun Etymology: French créole, from Spanish criollo, from Portuguese crioulo white person born in the colonies Date: 1737 1. a person of European descent born especially in ...
creolise
British variant of creolize
creolization
noun see creolize
creolize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: circa 1932 to cause (a pidginized language) to become a creole in a speech community • creolization noun
creosote
I. noun Etymology: German Kreosot, from Greek kreas flesh + sōtēr preserver, from sōzein to preserve, from sōs safe (probably akin to Sanskrit tavīti he is strong); from ...
creosote bush
noun Date: 1846 a resinous desert shrub (Larrea tridentata) of the caltrop family found in the southwestern United States and Mexico
crepe
or crêpe noun Etymology: French crêpe — more at crape Date: 1750 1. a light crinkled fabric woven of any of various fibers 2. crape 2 3. crude rubber in the form of ...
crêpe
noun see crepe
crepe de chine
or crêpe de chine noun Usage: often capitalized 2d C Etymology: French crêpe de Chine, literally, China crepe Date: 1869 a soft fine or sheer clothing crepe especially of ...
crêpe de chine
noun see crepe de chine
crepe myrtle
or crêpe myrtle noun Date: 1916 crape myrtle
crêpe myrtle
noun see crepe myrtle
crepe paper
noun Date: 1896 paper with a crinkled or puckered texture
crêpe suzette
noun (plural crêpes suzette or crêpe suzettes) Usage: often capitalized S Etymology: French crêpe Suzette, probably from Suzette, nickname of Suzanne Reichenberg died 1924 ...
crepey
adjective see crepe
crepitant
adjective Date: 1851 having or making a crackling sound
crepitate
intransitive verb (-tated; -tating) Etymology: Latin crepitatus, past participle of crepitare to crackle, frequentative of crepare to rattle, crack Date: circa 1828 to make a ...
crepitation
noun see crepitate
crepon
noun Etymology: French, from crêpe Date: 1836 a heavy crepe fabric with lengthwise crinkles
crept
past and past participle of creep
crepuscle
noun see crepuscule
crepuscular
adjective Date: 1668 1. of, relating to, or resembling twilight ; dim 2. occurring or active during twilight
crepuscule
or crepuscle noun Etymology: Latin crepusculum, from creper dusky Date: 14th century twilight
crepy
adjective see crepe
cresc
abbreviation crescendo
crescendo
I. noun (plural -dos or -does; also crescendi) Etymology: Italian, from crescendo, adjective, increasing, gerund of crescere to grow, increase, from Latin Date: 1775 1. a. ...
Crescent
trademark — used for an adjustable open-end wrench
crescent
I. noun Etymology: Middle English cressant, from Anglo-French, from present participle of crestre to grow, increase, from Latin crescere; akin to Old High German hirsi millet, ...

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