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crape myrtle
a tall Chinese shrub, Lagerstroemia indica, of the loosestrife family, having clusters of crinkled red, pink, purple, or white flowers, grown as an ornamental in the southern and ...
crapehanger
/krayp"hang'euhr/, n. a person who sees the gloomy side of things; pessimist. Also, crepehanger. [1915-20, Amer.; CRAPE + HANGER] * * *
crapejasmine
crape jasmine n. An evergreen shrub (Tabernaemontana divaricata) native to India and cultivated as an ornamental in warm regions for its fragrant white flowers.   [From the ...
crapemyrtle
crape myrtle also crepe myrtle n. A deciduous shrub (Lagerstroemia indica) native to China and widely cultivated in warm regions for its showy clusters of variously colored ...
crapola
/kra poh"leuh/, n. Slang. crap1 (def. 2). [CRAP1 + -OLA] * * *
crapper
/krap"euhr/, n. Slang (vulgar). 1. a toilet. 2. a bathroom. [1930-35; CRAP1 + -ER1] * * *
crappie
/krap"ee/, n., pl. crappies, (esp. collectively) crappie. either of two small sunfishes of central U.S. rivers, Pomoxis nigromaculatus (black crappie) or P. annularis (white ...
crappy
—crappiness, n. /krap"ee/, adj., crappier, crappiest. Slang (sometimes vulgar). 1. extremely bad, unpleasant, or inferior; lousy: crappy weather. 2. nasty, humiliating, ...
craps
/kraps/, n. (usually used with a sing. v.) a game in which two dice are thrown and in which a first throw of 7 or 11 wins, a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses, and a first throw ...
Crapsey, Adelaide
▪ American poet born Sept. 9, 1878, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 8, 1914, Rochester, N.Y.       American poet whose work, produced largely in the last year of her ...
crapshoot
/krap"shooht'/, n., v., crapshot, crapshooting. n. 1. Informal. anything unpredictable, risky, or problematical; gamble. v.i. 2. to play craps. 3. Informal. to take risks; ...
crapshooter
/krap"shooh'teuhr/, n. 1. a person who plays craps. 2. Informal. a person inclined to take gambles or risks. [1890-95, Amer.; CRAP + SHOOTER] * * *
crapulence
crapulence [krap′yo͞o ləns] n. 〚
crapulent
—crapulence, crapulency, n. /krap"yeuh leuhnt/, adj. sick from gross excess in drinking or eating. [1650-60; < LL crapulentus drunk, deriv. of L crapula drunkenness < Gk ...
crapulous
—crapulously, adv. —crapulousness, n. /krap"yeuh leuhs/, adj. 1. given to or characterized by gross excess in drinking or eating. 2. suffering from or due to such ...
craquelure
/krak loor", krak"loor/; Fr. /krddannkeu lyuurdd"/, n., pl. craquelures /-loorz", -loorz/; Fr. /-lyuurdd"/. a network of fine cracks or crackles on the surface of a painting, ...
crash
crash1 —crasher, n. /krash/, v.i. 1. to make a loud, clattering noise, as of something dashed to pieces. 2. to break or fall to pieces with noise. 3. (of moving vehicles, ...
crash boat
a small, fast boat used in rescue operations, esp. for airplane crashes. [1935-40, Amer.] * * *
crash cart
a movable cart or similar conveyance carrying supplies and equipment for the management of medical emergencies. * * *
crash course
a brief, intensive course of instruction, as to prepare one quickly for a test. Also called cram course. * * *
crash dive
a rapid dive by a submarine made at a steep angle, esp. to avoid attack from a surface vessel or airplane. [1915-20] * * *
crash helmet
a helmet for protecting the head in the event of an accident, worn by motorcyclists, automobile racers, etc. [1915-20] * * *
crash pad
1. Slang. a place to sleep or live temporarily and at no cost. 2. padding inside cars, tanks, or the like, for protecting passengers in the event of an accident, sudden stop, ...
crash program
a plan of action entailing rapid and intensive production, growth, or the like, undertaken to meet a deadline or solve a pressing problem: a crash program to develop a new ...
crash truck
an emergency vehicle based at an airport. [1940-45, Amer.] * * *
crash-dive
/krash"duyv", -duyv'/, v.i., v.t., crash-dived or crash-dove, crash-dived, crash-diving. to dive rapidly at a steep angle. [1925-30] * * *
crash-land
—crash-landing, n. /krash"land"/, v.t. 1. to land (an aircraft), under circumstances in which a normal landing is impossible, in such a way that damage to the aircraft is ...
Crashaw
/krash"aw/, n. Richard, 1613-49, English poet. * * *
Crashaw, Richard
▪ British poet born c. 1613, London, Eng. died Aug. 21, 1649, Loreto, Papal States [Italy]       English poet known for religious verse of vibrant stylistic ...
Crashaw,Richard
Crash·aw (krăshʹô), Richard. 1613?-1649. English metaphysical poet best known for his collection of religious verse, Steps to the Temple (1646). * * *
crashdive
crash dive n. A rapid dive made by a submarine, especially in an emergency. * * *
crasher
See crash1. * * *
crashhelmet
crash helmet n. A padded helmet, as one worn by bicyclists, motorcyclists, or aviators, to protect the head in case of accident. * * *
crashing
—crashingly, adv. /krash"ing/, adj. 1. absolute; complete; utter: a crashing bore. 2. unusual or superlative; exceptional: a crashing celebration. [1925-30; CRASH1 + -ING2] * * ...
crashlanding
crash landing n. An emergency landing by an aircraft or spacecraft. * * *
crashpad
crash pad n. 1. Padding inside vehicles, such as automobiles or tanks, for protecting occupants in the event of an accident or sudden stop. 2. Slang. A place affording free and ...
crashproof
/krash"proohf'/, adj. 1. (of a vehicle) resistant to damage and as safe as possible for the occupants in the event of a crash. 2. that cannot be smashed or broken. [CRASH1 + ...
crashtruck
crash truck n. A truck specially designed and equipped to rescue victims of an air crash. Also called crash wagon. * * *
crashworthiness
—crashworthy, adj. /krash"werr'dhee nis/, n. the ability of a car or other vehicle to withstand a collision or crash with minimal bodily injury to its occupants. [1945-50; ...
crashworthy
crash·wor·thy (krăshʹwûr'thē) adj. Capable of withstanding the effects of a crash: crashworthy cars.   crashʹwor'thi·ness n. * * *
crasis
/kray"sis/, n., pl. crases /-seez/. Archaic. composition; constitution; makeup. [1595-1605; < Gk krâsis mixture, blend, equiv. to kra- (base of kerannýnai to mix) + -sis ...
crass
—crassly, adv. —crassness, n. /kras/, adj., crasser, crassest. 1. without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid: crass commercialism; a crass ...
crassitude
/kras"i toohd', -tyoohd'/, n. 1. gross ignorance or stupidity. 2. thickness; grossness. [1400-50; late ME ( < MF) < L crassitudo thickness. See CRASS, -I-, -TUDE] * * *
crassly
See crassitude. * * *
crassness
See crassitude. * * *
Crassulaceae
▪ plant family  the stonecrop or orpine family of about 30 genera of perennial herbs or low shrubs, in the order Saxifragales, native to warm, dry regions of the world. Many ...
crassulaceous
/kras'yoo lay"sheuhs/, adj. belonging to the Crassulaceae, the stonecrop family of plants. Cf. stonecrop family. [1650-60; < NL Crassulace(ae) (equiv. to Crassul(a) genus name ...
Crassus
/kras"euhs/, n. Marcus Licinius /li sin"ee euhs/, c115-53 B.C., Roman general: member of the first triumvirate. * * *
Crassus Dives Mucianus, Publius Licinius
▪ Roman politician born c. 180 BC died 130       Roman politician who supported the agrarian reforms of the tribune Tiberius Gracchus. Brother of the orator and jurist ...
Crassus, Lucius Licinius
born 140 died 91 BC Roman lawyer and politician. He is regarded, with Marcus Antonius (b. 143 d. 87), as one of the greatest Latin orators before Marcus Tullius Cicero and is ...
Crassus, Marcus Licinius
born с 115 died 53 BC Roman financier and politician. He sided with Lucius Cornelius Sulla against Gaius Marius in the civil war of 83–82 BC and came into conflict with ...
Crassus,Marcus Licinius
Cras·sus (krăsʹəs), Marcus Licinius. 115?-53B.C. Roman politician and general who joined Julius Caesar and Pompey in the first triumvirate to challenge the senate's power ...
cratch
/krach/, n. Archaic. a crib for fodder; manger. [1175-1225; ME cracche < dial. OF crache, var. of creche CRÈCHE] * * *
crate
/krayt/, n., v., crated, crating. n. 1. a slatted wooden box or framework for packing, shopping, or storing fruit, furniture, glassware, crockery, etc. 2. any completely enclosed ...
Crate & Barrel{™}
a US group of shops which started in 1962 and sells furniture and other things for the home which are simple and modern in design. * * *
crater
—crateral, craterous, adj. —craterlike, adj. /kray"teuhr/, n., gen. Crateris /kray tear"is/ for 9, v. n. 1. the cup-shaped depression or cavity on the surface of the earth or ...
Crater
/kray"teuhr/, n. Joseph Force /fawrs, fohrs/, 1889-?, a judge of the New York State Supreme Court: his mysterious disappearance on August 6, 1930, has never been solved. * * ...
crater lake
a body of water occupying a roughly circular, steep-sided volcanic crater or caldera. [1875-80] * * * Lake, Cascade Range, southwestern Oregon, U.S. The lake is in a huge ...
Crater Lake
a lake in the crater of an extinct volcano in SW Oregon, in Crater Lake National Park. 20 sq. mi. (52 sq. km); 1996 ft. (608 m) deep. * * * Lake, Cascade Range, southwestern ...
Crater Lake National Park
a national park in SW Oregon, in the Cascade Range: Crater Lake. 250 sq. mi. (648 sq. km). * * *
Crater Mound
a bowl-shaped depression in the earth in central Arizona: believed to have been made by the impact of a meteoroid. 4000 ft. (1220 m) wide; 600 ft. (183 m) deep. Also called ...
cratering
cratering [krā′əriŋ] n. 1. the process in which many craters are formed on a surface, as on a moon 2. the resulting craters * * *
CraterLake
Crater Lake A lake of southwest Oregon in a volcanic crater of the Cascade Range. At 589.3 m (1,932 ft) deep, it is the second-deepest lake in North America and the deepest in ...
craterlet
/kray"teuhr lit/, n. a small crater. [1880-85; CRATER + -LET] * * *
Craters of the Moon
a national monument in S Idaho: site of scenic lava-flow formations. * * *
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Region of volcanic cones and craters, south-central Idaho, U.S. Established in 1924, it covers an area of 53,545 acres (21,669 hectares) and has more than 35 craters, probably ...
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
▪ region, Idaho, United States       region of volcanic cones (cinder cone), craters, and lava flows near the foot of the Pioneer Mountains in south-central Idaho, ...
Craterus
▪ Macedonian general born c. 370?, BC died 321       one of the most brilliant generals of the Macedonian king Alexander the Great (ruled 336–323). Accompanying ...
Crates
▪ Greek actor and author died before 424 BC, Athens, Greece       ancient Greek actor and author of comedies. He is considered one of the lesser poets of Attic Old ...
Crates of Mallus
▪ Greek philosopher flourished early 2nd century BC       Stoic philosopher, from Mallus in Cilicia, primarily important as a grammarian. His chief work was a ...
Crates of Thebes
▪ Greek philosopher flourished 4th century BC       Cynic philosopher, a pupil of Diogenes. He gave up his fortune and made it his mission to castigate vice and ...
Crateuas
▪ Greek artist and physician also spelled  Cratevas   flourished 1st century BC       classical pharmacologist, artist, and physician to Mithradates VI, king of ...
Cratinus
▪ Greek poet died c. 420 BC       Greek poet, regarded in antiquity as one of the three greatest writers, with Eupolis and Aristophanes, of the vigorous and satirical ...
Crato
▪ Brazil       city, southern Ceará estado (state), northeastern Brazil. It lies in the Balança Mountains, at 1,384 feet (422 metres) above sea level, just southwest ...
craton
/kray"ton/, n. Geol. a relatively rigid and immobile region of continental portions of the earth's crust. [1940-45; < G Kraton, based on Gk krátos power; cf. -CRACY, -ON2] * * ...
cratonic
See craton. * * *
Cratty, Mabel
▪ American social worker born June 30, 1868, Bellaire, Ohio, U.S. died Feb. 27, 1928, New York, N.Y.       American social worker, longtime general secretary of the ...
craunch
—craunchingly, adv. /krawnch, krahnch/, v.t., v.i., n. crunch. [1625-35; var. of CRANCH] * * *
cravat
/kreuh vat"/, n. 1. necktie (defs. 1, 2). 2. a cloth, often made of or trimmed with lace, worn about the neck by men esp. in the 17th century. 3. Med. a bandage made by folding a ...
crave
—craver, n. /krayv/, v., craved, craving. v.t. 1. to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly: to crave sweets; to crave affection. 2. to require; need: a problem craving prompt ...
Craveirinha, Jose
▪ 2004 José G. Vetrinha        Mozambican writer (b. May 28, 1922, Lourenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa [now Maputo, Mozambique]—d. Feb. 6, 2003, South Africa), ...
craven
—cravenly, adv. —cravenness, n. /kray"veuhn/, adj. 1. cowardly; contemptibly timid; pusillanimous. n. 2. a coward. 3. cry craven, to yield; capitulate; give up. v.t. 4. to ...
Craven, Danie
▪ South African rugby player and administrator byname of  Daniel Hartman Craven  born Oct. 11, 1910, Lindley, S.Af. died Jan. 4, 1993, Stellenbosch       South ...
Craven, Daniel Hartman
▪ 1994       ("DANIE"), South African rugby player and administrator (b. Oct. 11, 1910, Lindley, Orange Free State, South Africa—d. Jan. 4, 1993, Stellenbosch, Cape ...
Craven, Frank
▪ American actor and author born 1880?, Boston, Mass., U.S. died Sept. 1, 1945, Beverly Hills, Calif.       American actor, director, playwright, and producer who was ...
Craven, William Craven, Earl of
▪ English courtier also called  (1627–65) Baron Craven   born 1606 died April 9, 1697, London, Eng.  English courtier known for his long association with the “winter ...
cravenly
See craven. * * *
cravenness
See cravenly. * * *
craver
See crave. * * *
craving
—cravingly, adv. —cravingness, n. /kray"ving/, n. great or eager desire; yearning. [1250-1300; ME; see CRAVE, -ING1] Syn. See desire. * * *
cravingly
See craver. * * *
craw
/kraw/, n. 1. the crop of a bird or insect. 2. the stomach of an animal. 3. stick in one's craw, to cause considerable or abiding resentment; rankle: She said I was pompous, and ...
crawdad
/kraw"dad'/, n. crayfish (def. 1). Also, crawdaddy. [1900-05, Amer.; CRAW(FISH) + dad (perh. DAD1); cf. DOODAD] * * *
crawdaddy
/kraw"dad'ee/, n., pl. crawdaddies. crawdad. * * *
crawfish
/kraw"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) crawfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) crawfishes, v. n. 1. crayfish. v.i. 2. Informal. to back out or retreat from ...
Crawford
/kraw"feuhrd/, n. 1. Cheryl, 1902-86, U.S. stage director and producer. 2. Francis Marion, 1854-1909, U.S. novelist, in Italy after 1885. 3. Thomas, 1813?-57, U.S. sculptor. 4. ...
Crawford Seeger, Ruth
orig. Ruth Porter Crawford born July 3, 1901, East Liverpool, Ohio, U.S. died Nov. 18, 1953, Chevy Chase, Md. U.S. composer. She studied piano as a child and was self-taught ...
Crawford, Cheryl
born Sept. 24, 1902, Akron, Ohio, U.S. died Oct. 7, 1986, New York, N.Y. U.S. actress and theatre producer. She acted with the Theatre Guild from 1923 and became its casting ...
Crawford, F Marion
▪ American author born Aug. 2, 1854, Bagni de Lucca, Grand Duchy of Tuscany [Italy] died April 9, 1909, Sorrento, Italy       American novelist noted for the vividness ...
Crawford, Isabella Valancy
born Dec. 25, 1850, Dublin, Ire. died Feb. 12, 1887, Toronto, Ont., Can. Irish-born Canadian poet. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1858. From 1875 until her death, ...
Crawford, Joan
orig. Lucille Fay LeSueur born March 23, 1908, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. died May 10, 1977, New York, N.Y. U.S. film actress. She was a dancer in a Broadway chorus line when ...
Crawford, Thomas
▪ American sculptor born March 22, 1814, New York City died Oct. 10, 1857, London       Neoclassical sculptor best known for his colossal figure of “Freedom,” which ...
Crawford, William H
▪ United States government official born Feb. 24, 1772, Amherst County [now Nelson County], Virginia died Sept. 15, 1834, Elberton, Ga., U.S.  American political leader of ...
Crawford, William H(arris)
born Feb. 24, 1772, Amherst county, Va. died Sept. 15, 1834, Elberton, Ga., U.S. U.S. political leader and presidential aspirant. He taught school and practiced law before ...
Crawford,Joan
Craw·ford (krôʹfərd), Joan. Originally Lucille Le Sueur. 1908-1977. American actress noted for her portrayals of tough-minded, ambitious women in films such as The Women ...
Crawford,Thomas
Crawford, Thomas. 1814-1857. American sculptor and noted exponent of neoclassicism. His works include Armed Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol. * * *
Crawfordsville
/kraw"feuhrdz vil'/, n. a city in W central Indiana. 13,325. * * * ▪ Indiana, United States  city, seat (1823) of Montgomery county, west-central Indiana, U.S., on Sugar ...
Crawfurd, John
▪ British scholar and diplomat born August 13, 1783, Islay Island, Argyll [now in Argyll and Bute], Scotland died May 11, 1868, London, England       Scottish ...
crawl
crawl1 —crawlingly, adv. /krawl/, v.i. 1. to move in a prone position with the body resting on or close to the ground, as a worm or caterpillar, or on the hands and knees, as a ...
crawl space
☆ crawl space n. an unfinished space of limited height, as under a roof or floor, allowing access to wiring, plumbing, etc. * * *
crawler
/kraw"leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that crawls. 2. Also called crawler tractor. any of various large, heavy vehicles or machines that are propelled on endless belts or tracks, ...
crawler tractor
☆ crawler tractor n. a tractor with a continuous roller belt over cogged wheels on each side, for moving over rough or muddy ground * * *
Crawley
▪ England, United Kingdom  district (borough) and town, administrative county of West Sussex, England. Most of the borough belongs to the historic county of Sussex, but its ...
crawlingly
See crawl1. * * *
crawlspace
/krawl"spays'/, n. (in a building) an area accessible by crawling, having a clearance less than human height, for access to plumbing or wiring, storage, etc. Also, crawl ...
crawly
/kraw"lee/, adj., crawlier, crawliest, n., pl. crawlies. Informal. adj. 1. that crawls; noting or describing things, as worms or insects, that crawl, esp. imparting a queasy ...
Craxi, Bettino
orig. Benedetto Craxi born Feb. 24, 1934, Milan, Italy died Jan. 19, 2000, Al-Hammamet, Tun. Italian politician, Italy's first socialist prime minister (1983–87). Involved ...
Craxi, Bettino Benedetto
▪ 2001       Italian politician (b. Feb. 24, 1934, Milan, Italy—d. Jan. 19, 2000, Hammamet, Tun.), was Italy's first Socialist prime minister; elected to successive ...
Cray, Seymour R(oger)
born Sept. 28, 1925, Chippewa Falls, Wis., U.S. died Oct. 5, 1996, Colorado Springs, Colo. U.S. electronics engineer. He worked in the 1950s on the UNIVAC I, a landmark ...
Cray, Seymour R.
▪ 1997       U.S. electronics engineer and computer designer (b. Sept. 28, 1925, Chippewa Falls, Wis.—d. Oct. 5, 1996, Colorado Springs, Colo.), led the design of the ...
crayer
/krair/, n. a small sailing vessel formerly used in trade along the coasts of western Europe. [1275-1325; ME < AF craier, OF croier < MD kraajer three-masted boat] * * *
Crayer, Caspar de
▪ Flemish painter Caspar also spelled  Gaspard   born Nov. 18, 1584, Antwerp, Spanish Netherlands [now in Belgium] died Jan. 27, 1669, Ghent       Flemish painter, ...
crayfish
/kray"fish'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) crayfish, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) crayfishes. 1. Also called crawdad, crawdaddy. any freshwater decapod ...
Crayola
/kray oh"leuh/, Trademark. a brand of wax crayon, usually sold in assortments of bright colors. * * *
Crayola{™}
a US make of crayons (= coloured pencils or sticks of soft coloured chalk or wax) which have been popular with children for many years and are sold in boxes of different sizes in ...
crayon
—crayonist, n. /kray"on, -euhn/, n. 1. a pointed stick or pencil of colored clay, chalk, wax, etc., used for drawing or coloring. 2. a drawing in crayons. v.t. 3. to draw or ...
crayoner
See crayonist. * * *
crayonist
See crayon. * * *
craze
/krayz/, v., crazed, crazing, n. v.t. 1. to derange or impair the mind of; make insane: He was crazed by jealousy. 2. to make small cracks on the surface of (a ceramic glaze, ...
Craze for Curbing Carbs
▪ 2005       Despite lingering concerns about the effectiveness and possible health risks of low-carbohydrate diets, almost 12% of Americans—some 34 million ...
crazed
—crazedly /kray"zid lee/, adv. /krayzd/, adj. 1. insane; demented. 2. suffering loss of emotional control: crazed with fear. 3. (of a ceramic object) having small cracks in the ...
crazily
See crazy. * * *
craziness
See crazily. * * *
crazy
—crazily, adv. —craziness, n. /kray"zee/, adj., crazier, craziest, n., pl. crazies. adj. 1. mentally deranged; demented; insane. 2. senseless; impractical; totally unsound: a ...
crazy bone
Chiefly Northern, Midland, and Western U.S. See funny bone. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
crazy eights
(used with a sing. v.) a card game played by two or more persons with a 52-card deck, the object of which is to be the first to get rid of one's hand by successively playing a ...
Crazy Gang
a group of British comedians who first gave a music-hall(1) show together in 1932, and continued to perform as a team for the next 30 years. See also Flanagan. * * *
crazy golf
➡ golf * * *
Crazy Horse
(Tashunca-Uitco) c1849-77, leader of the Oglala Sioux tribe: defeated General George Custer at battle of Little Bighorn. * * * born 1842?, near present-day Rapid City, S.D., ...
Crazy Horse Memorial
➡ Crazy Horse * * *
crazy house
1. Slang. an insane asylum. 2. See fun house. [1885-90] * * *
Crazy Mountains
▪ mountains, Montana, United States       mountain segment of the northern Rocky Mountains in south-central Montana, U.S. The Crazies extend for 30 miles (48 km) ...
crazy quilt
—crazy-quilt, adj. 1. a patchwork quilt made of irregular patches combined with little or no regard to pattern. 2. something that is irregular in pattern or shape, and ...
crazy top
Plant Pathol. a disease of cotton, corn, etc., characterized by abnormal branching and small, misshapen leaves in the upper part of the plant, caused by water shortage, organic ...
crazybone
crazy bone n. Informal The funny bone. * * *
CrazyHorse
Cra·zy Horse (krāʹzē hôrs'), Originally Tashunca-Uitco. 1849?-1877. Sioux leader who militarily resisted the encroachment of whites in the Black Hills and joined Sitting ...
crazyquilt
crazy quilt n. 1. A patchwork quilt of pieces of cloth of various shapes, colors, and sizes, sewn together in an irregular pattern. 2. A disorderly mixture; a hodgepodge: The ...
crazyweed
/kray"zee weed'/, n. locoweed. [1870-75; CRAZY + WEED1] * * *
CRC
Civil Rights Commission. * * *
CRE
➡ Commission for Racial Equality. * * *
Creacionismo
▪ Spanish literature       (Spanish: “Creationism”), short-lived experimental literary movement among Spanish writers in France, Spain, and Latin America. It was ...
creak
—creakingly, adv. /kreek/, v.i. 1. to make a sharp, harsh, grating, or squeaking sound. 2. to move with creaking. v.t. 3. to cause to creak. n. 4. a creaking sound. [1275-1325; ...
creakily
See creaky. * * *
creakiness
See creakily. * * *
creakingly
See creak. * * *
creaky
—creakily, adv. —creakiness, n. /kree"kee/, adj., creakier, creakiest. 1. creaking or apt to creak: a creaky stairway. 2. run-down; dilapidated: a creaky shack. 3. Phonet. ...
cream
/kreem/, n. 1. the fatty part of milk, which rises to the surface when the liquid is allowed to stand unless homogenized. 2. a soft solid or thick liquid containing medicaments ...
cream cheese
1. a soft, white, smooth-textured, unripened, spreadable cheese made of sweet milk and sometimes cream. 2. Gulf States. cottage cheese. [1575-85] Regional Variation. 2. See ...
cream cracker
(also cracker) a thin, hard, dry biscuit, usually square, which is eaten especially with cheese, for example at the end of a meal. * * *
cream ice
Brit. See ice cream. [1840-50] * * *
cream of coconut.
See coconut cream (def. 1). * * *
cream of tartar
a white, crystalline, water-soluble powder, C4H5KO6, used chiefly as an ingredient in baking powders and in galvanic tinning of metals. Also called potassium bitartrate, ...
Cream of Wheat{™}
n [U] a US wheat cereal which is cooked and eaten hot. It was first produced in 1893 and is now made by Kraft. * * *
cream pail
an open bowl of silver having a ladle or spoon for serving cream. Also called piggin. * * *
cream puff
1. a hollow pastry made with cream puff paste and filled with custard sauce or whipped cream. 2. Informal. a. a weak or timid person; sissy. b. a vehicle or machine that has been ...
cream puff paste
paste made with eggs, water or milk, butter, and flour, used in making éclairs, profiteroles, and other kinds of puffs. Also called chou pastry, pâte à chou. * * *
cream sauce
a white sauce made of cream or milk, flour, and butter. * * *
cream separator
▪ food technology       machine for separating and removing cream from whole milk; (milk) its operation is based on the fact that skim milk (milk with no butterfat) is ...
cream soda
a soft drink made with vanilla-flavored carbonated water colored brown with caramel. [1850-55, Amer.] * * *
cream tea
n (BrE) an afternoon meal consisting of tea and scones (= small cakes made with flour, fat and milk) eaten with clotted cream and jam. Cream teas are traditional in Devon and ...
cream-colored
cream-colored [krēm′kul΄ərd] adj. yellowish-white * * * cream-col·ored (krēmʹkŭl'ərd) adj. Of the color of cream; yellowish-white. * * *
creamcheese
cream cheese n. A soft white cheese made of cream and milk. * * *
creamcups
/kreem"kups'/, n., pl. creamcups. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a Californian plant, Platystemon californicus, of the poppy family, having narrow leaves and small, pale-yellow or ...
creamer
/kree"meuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that creams. 2. a small jug, pitcher, etc., for holding cream. 3. a container or apparatus for separating cream from milk. 4. a refrigerator ...
creamery
/kree"meuh ree/, n., pl. creameries. 1. a place where milk and cream are processed and where butter and cheese are produced. 2. a place for the sale of milk and its products. 3. ...
creamily
See creamy. * * *
creaminess
See creamily. * * *
creamof tartar
cream of tartar n. See potassium bitartrate. * * *
creampuff
cream puff also cream·puff (krēmʹpŭf') n. 1. A shell of light pastry filled with whipped cream, custard, or ice cream. 2. Slang. A weakling. 3. Slang. An old, especially ...
creamsauce
cream sauce n. A white sauce made by cooking together a mixture of flour and butter with milk or cream. * * *
creamsoda
cream soda n. A sweet carbonated drink with a vanilla flavor. * * *
creamware
creamware [krēm′wer΄] n. cream-colored, glazed earthenware popular in the 18th and 19th cent. * * * Cream-coloured English earthenware made in the late 18th century. It was ...
creamy
—creamily, adv. —creaminess, n. /kree"mee/, adj., creamier, creamiest. 1. containing cream. 2. resembling cream in consistency or taste; soft and smooth. 3. cream-colored. 4. ...
creance
/kree"euhns/, n. Falconry. a light cord attached to the leg of a hawk to prevent escape during training. [1300-50; ME < MF < VL *credentia CREDENCE] * * *
crease
crease1 —creaseless, adj. —creaser, n. /krees/, n., v., creased, creasing. n. 1. a ridge or groove produced in anything by folding, heat, pressure, etc.; fold; furrow. 2. a ...
crease-resistant
/krees"ri zis'teuhnt/, adj. (of a fabric) resistant to normal wrinkling. [1935-40] * * *
creaseless
See crease. * * *
creaseproof
See creaseless. * * *
creaser
See creaseless. * * *
creasy
/kree"see/, adj., creasier, creasiest. full of creases. [1855-60; CREASE1 + -Y1] * * *
create
—creatable, adj. /kree ayt"/, v., created, creating, adj. v.t. 1. to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ...
creatine
/kree"euh teen', -tin/, n. Biochem. an amino acid, C4H9N3O2, that is a constituent of the muscles of vertebrates and is phosphorylated to store energy used for muscular ...
creatine kinase
Biochem. an enzyme that, during muscular activity, catalyzes the transfer of a phosphoryl group from phosphocreatine in muscle to produce ATP. * * *
creatine phosphate
Biochem. phosphocreatine. [1945-50] * * *
creatinekinase
creatine kinase n. An enzyme present in muscle, brain, and other tissues of vertebrates that catalyzes the reversible conversion of ADP and phosphocreatine into ATP and ...
creatinephosphate
creatine phosphate n. See phosphocreatine. * * *
creatinine
/kree at"n een', -in/, n. Biochem. a crystalline end product of creatine metabolism, C4H7N3O, occurring in urine, muscle, and blood. [1850-55; < G Kreatinin, equiv. to kreatin ...
creatinine clearance
▪ clinical measurement       clinical measurement used to estimate renal (kidney function test) function, specifically the filtration rate of the glomeruli (clusters of ...
creation
—creational, creationary /kree ay"sheuh ner'ee/, adj. /kree ay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of producing or causing to exist; the act of creating; engendering. 2. the fact of being ...
creation myth
or cosmogony Symbolic narrative of the creation and organization of the world as understood in a particular tradition. Not all creation myths include a creator, though a ...
creation science
—creation scientist. a form of creationism advocated as an alternative to the scientific theory of evolution, and holding that the creation of the universe and everything in it ...
creational
See creation. * * *
creationism
—creationist, n., adj. —creationistic, adj. /kree ay"sheuh niz'euhm/, n. 1. the doctrine that matter and all things were created, substantially as they now exist, by an ...
creationist
See creationism. * * *
creationscience
creation science n. 1. The effort to provide scientific evidence supporting the account of the creation of the universe related in the Bible. 2. Creationism.   creation ...
creationscientist
See creation science. * * *
creative
—creatively, adv. —creativeness, n. /kree ay"tiv/, adj. 1. having the quality or power of creating. 2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: ...
creative evolution
▪ philosophy       a philosophical theory espoused early in the 20th century by Henri Bergson (Bergson, Henri), a French process metaphysician (one who emphasizes ...
creative imagination.
See under imagination (def. 6). * * *
creatively
See creative. * * *
creativeness
See creatively. * * *
creativity
/kree'ay tiv"i tee, kree'euh-/, n. 1. the state or quality of being creative. 2. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to ...
creator
—creatorship, n. /kree ay"teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that creates. 2. the Creator, God. [1250-1300; ME creato(u)r < L creator, equiv. to crea(re) to CREATE, be the home ...
creatural
/kree"cheuhr euhl/, adj. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a creature. [1635-45; CREATURE + -AL1] * * *
creature
/kree"cheuhr/, n. 1. an animal, esp. a nonhuman: the creatures of the woods and fields; a creature from outer space. 2. anything created, whether animate or inanimate. 3. person; ...
creature comfort
creature comfort n. anything providing bodily comfort, as food, clothing, or shelter * * *
creature comforts
things that contribute to bodily comfort and ease, as food, warmth, a comfortable bed, hot water for bathing, etc. [1650-60] * * *
creaturecomfort
creature comfort n. Something, such as food and warmth, that contributes to physical comfort. Often used in the plural. * * *
creatureliness
See creatural. * * *
creaturely
—creatureliness, n. /kree"cheuhr lee/, adj. creatural. [1655-65; CREATURE + -LY] * * *
Crébillon, Claude-Prosper Jolyot, sieur de
▪ French author (sire of ),byname  Crébillon Fils (French: “Crébillon Son”)   born Feb. 14, 1707, Paris died April 12, 1777, Paris       French novelist whose ...
Crébillon, Prosper Jolyot, sieur de
▪ French dramatist (sire of ),byname  Crébillon Père (French: “Crébillon Father”)   born Jan. 13, 1674, Dijon, Fr. died June 17, 1762, Paris       French ...
crèche
/kresh, kraysh/; Fr. /krddesh/, n., pl. crèches /kresh"iz, kray"shiz/; Fr. /krddesh/. 1. a small or large modeled representation or tableau of Mary, Joseph, and others around ...
crèches
➡ nursery school * * *
Crécy
/kres"ee/; Fr. /krdday see"/, n. 1. Also, Cressy. a village in N France, NNW of Reims: English victory over the French 1346. 1390. adj. 2. (sometimes l.c.) (of food) prepared or ...
Crécy, Battle of
(August 26, 1346) English victory in the first phase of the Hundred Years' War against the French. At Crécy-en-Ponthieu, Edward III of England defeated Philip VI of France, ...
credal
credal [krēd′'l] adj. of a creed; creedal * * * cre·dal (krēdʹl) adj. Variant of creedal. * * *
credence
/kreed"ns/, n. 1. belief as to the truth of something: to give credence to a claim. 2. something giving a claim to belief or confidence: letter of credence. 3. Also called ...
credenda
credenda [kri den′də] pl.n. sing. credendum [kri den′dədəm] 〚L, pl. of ger. of credere: see CREED〛 doctrines to be believed; matters of faith * * *
credendum
/kri den"deuhm/, n., pl. credenda /-deuh/. a doctrine that requires belief; article of faith. [ < L, neut. of credendus, ger. of credere to believe] * * *
credent
—credently, adv. /kreed"nt/, adj. 1. Archaic. believing. 2. Obs. credible. [1595-1605; < L credent- (s. of credens), prp. of credere to believe] * * *
credential
/kri den"sheuhl/, n. 1. Usually, credentials. 2. evidence of authority, status, rights, entitlement to privileges, or the like, usually in written form: Only those with the ...
credentialism
/kri den"sheuh liz'euhm/, n. excessive reliance on credentials, esp. academic degrees, in determining hiring or promotion policies. [1965-70; CREDENTIAL + -ISM] * * *
credenza
/kri den"zeuh/, n. 1. Also, credence. a sideboard or buffet, esp. one without legs. 2. a closed cabinet for papers, office supplies, etc., often of desk height and matching the ...
credibility
cred·i·bil·i·ty (krĕd'ə-bĭlʹĭ-tē) n. 1. The quality, capability, or power to elicit belief: “America's credibility must not be squandered, especially by its ...
credibility gap
1. a lack of popular confidence in the truth of the claims or public statements made by the federal government, large corporations, politicians, etc.: a credibility gap between ...
credibilitygap
credibility gap n. 1. Public skepticism about the truth of statements, especially official claims and pronouncements: “The credibility gap [is] the result of a deliberate ...
credible
—credibility, credibleness, n. —credibly, adv. /kred"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being believed; believable: a credible statement. 2. worthy of belief or confidence; ...
credibleness
See credible. * * *
credibly
See credibleness. * * *
credit
—creditless, adj. /kred"it/, n. 1. commendation or honor given for some action, quality, etc.: Give credit where it is due. 2. a source of pride or honor: You are a credit to ...
credit bureau
a firm that investigates the creditworthiness of and assigns a credit rating to a client's customers or potential customers. Also called credit agency. * * * Organization that ...
credit card
a card that identifies a person as entitled to have food, merchandise, services, etc., billed on a charge account. [1885-90, Amer.] * * * Small card that authorizes the person ...
credit cards
Credit cards are increasingly used instead of cash or cheques to pay for goods and services. When the cardholder is present, e.g. in a shop, the card is swiped and a bill is ...
credit hour
hour (def. 12). [1925-30] * * *
credit life insurance
insurance guaranteeing payment of the unpaid portion of a loan if the debtor should die. * * *
credit limit
➡ credit cards * * *
credit line
1. a line of text acknowledging the source or origin of published or exhibited material. 2. Also called credit limit, line of credit. the maximum amount of credit that a customer ...
credit manager
1. a person employed in a business firm to administer credit service to its customers, esp. to evaluate the extension and amount of credit to be granted. 2. an employee who ...
credit memorandum
a memorandum issued to an account allowing a credit or reducing a debit, esp. one posted to a customer's account. Also called credit memo, credit slip. * * *
Crédit Mobilier
/kred"it moh beel"yeuhr, moh beel yay"/; Fr. /krdday dee maw bee lyay"/, U.S. Hist. a joint-stock company organized in 1863 and reorganized in 1867 to build the Union Pacific ...
Crédit Mobilier scandal
(1872–73) Illegal manipulation of construction contracts for the Union Pacific Railroad that became a symbol of corruption after the American Civil War. The railroad's major ...
credit rating
a classification of credit risk based on investigation of a customer's or potential customer's financial resources, prior payment pattern, and personal history or degree of ...
credit ratings
➡ credit cards * * *
credit risk
1. the possibility of loss if a borrower defaults on a loan. 2. a borrower regarded as likely to default on a loan. * * *
credit slip
1. See deposit slip. 2. See credit memorandum. * * *
credit squeeze
a restraint or limitation of credit. [1950-55] * * *
credit standing
reputation for meeting financial obligations. * * *
credit union
a cooperative group that makes loans to its members at low rates of interest. Also called cooperative credit union. [1910-15, Amer.] * * * Credit cooperative formed by a group ...
credit, letter of
▪ finance       order from a bank to a bank or other party abroad authorizing payment of money (up to a specified limit) to a person named in the letter. A letter of ...
creditability
See creditable. * * *
creditable
—creditableness, creditability, n. —creditably, adv. /kred"i teuh beuhl/, adj. bringing or deserving credit, honor, reputation, or esteem. [1520-30; CREDIT + -ABLE] Syn. ...
creditableness
See creditability. * * *
creditably
See creditability. * * *
creditbureau
credit bureau n. An organization to which business firms apply for credit information on prospective customers. * * *


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