• Creep Definition & Synonyms
- (v. t.) To grow, as a vine, clinging to the ground or to some other support by means of roots or rootlets, or by tendrils, along its length.
- (n.) The act or process of creeping.
- (v. i.) To drag in deep water with creepers, as for recovering a submarine cable.
- (v. t.) To have a sensation as of insects creeping on the skin of the body; to crawl; as, the sight made my flesh creep. See Crawl, v. i., 4.
- (v. t.) To move or behave with servility or exaggerated humility; to fawn; as, a creeping sycophant.
- (v. t.) To move along the ground, or on any other surface, on the belly, as a worm or reptile; to move as a child on the hands and knees; to crawl.
- (n.) A distressing sensation, or sound, like that occasioned by the creeping of insects.
- (v. t.) To move in a stealthy or secret manner; to move imperceptibly or clandestinely; to steal in; to insinuate itself or ones self; as, age creeps upon us.
- (v. t.) To move slowly, feebly, or timorously, as from unwillingness, fear, or weakness.
- (v. t.) To slip, or to become slightly displaced; as, the collodion on a negative, or a coat of varnish, may creep in drying; the quicksilver on a mirror may creep.
- (n.) A slow rising of the floor of a gallery, occasioned by the pressure of incumbent strata upon the pillars or sides; a gradual movement of mining ground.
• Creeper Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) A kind of patten mounted on short pieces of iron instead of rings; also, a fixture with iron points worn on a shoe to prevent one from slipping.
- (n.) One who, or that which, creeps; any creeping thing.
- (n.) An instrument with iron hooks or claws for dragging at the bottom of a well, or any other body of water, and bringing up what may lie there.
- (n.) A plant that clings by rootlets, or by tendrils, to the ground, or to trees, etc.; as, the Virginia creeper (Ampelopsis quinquefolia).
- (n.) A small bird of the genus Certhia, allied to the wrens. The brown or common European creeper is C. familiaris, a variety of which (var. Americana) inhabits America; -- called also tree creeper and creeptree. The American black and white creeper is Mniotilta varia.
- (n.) Any device for causing material to move steadily from one part of a machine to another, as an apron in a carding machine, or an inner spiral in a grain screen.
- (n.) A small, low iron, or dog, between the andirons.
- (n.) Crockets. See Crocket.
- (n.) A spurlike device strapped to the boot, which enables one to climb a tree or pole; -- called often telegraph creepers.