Creeper to Crescentic
1. One who, or that which, creeps; any creeping thing.
Standing waters are most unwholesome, . . . full of mites, creepers; slimy, muddy, unclean.
2. (Bot.) A plant that clings by rootlets, or by tendrils, to the ground, or to trees, etc.; as, the Virginia
creeper (Ampelopsis quinquefolia).
3. (Zoöl.) 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.
4. 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.
5. pl. A spurlike device strapped to the boot, which enables one to climb a tree or pole; called often
6. A small, low iron, or dog, between the andirons.
7. pl. 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.
8. 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.
9. pl. (Arch.) Crockets. See Crocket.
1. A hole or retreat into which an animal may creep, to escape notice or danger.
2. A subterfuge; an excuse.
(Creep"ie) n. A low stool. [Scot.]
(Creep"i*ness) n. An uneasy sensation as of insects creeping on the skin.
She felt a curious, uneasy creepiness.
1. Crawling, or moving close to the ground. "Every creeping thing." Gen. vi. 20.
2. Growing along, and clinging to, the ground, or to a wall, etc., by means of rootlets or tendrils.
Casements lined with creeping herbs. Ceeping crowfoot (Bot.), a plant, the Ranunculus repens. Creeping snowberry, an American
plant (Chiogenes hispidula) with white berries and very small round leaves having the flavor of wintergreen.
(Creep"ing*ly), adv. by creeping slowly; in the manner of a reptile; insidiously; cunningly.
How slily and creepingly did he address himself to our first parents.
(Cree"ple) n. [See Cripple.]