(Crep`i*ta"tion) n. [Cf. F. crépitation.]
1. The act of crepitating or crackling.
2. (Med.) (a) A grating or crackling sensation or sound, as that produced by rubbing two fragments of
a broken bone together, or by pressing upon cellular tissue containing air. (b) A crepitant râle.
(||Crep"i*tus) n. [L., fr. crepare to crack.] (Med.) (a) The noise produced by a sudden discharge
of wind from the bowels. (b) Same as Crepitation, 2.
(||Cre"pon) n. [F.] A thin stuff made of the finest wool or silk, or of wool and silk.
(Crept) imp. & p. p. of Creep.
(Cre*pus"cule) n. [L. crepusculum, fr. creper dusky, dark: cf. F.
crépuscule.] Twilight. Bailey.
(Cre*pus"cu*lar Cre*pus"cu*lous) a. [Cf. F. crépusculaire.]
1. Pertaining to twilight; glimmering; hence, imperfectly clear or luminous.
This semihistorical and crepuscular period.
Sir G. C. Lewis.
2. (Zoöl.) Flying in the twilight or evening, or before sunrise; said certain birds and insects.
Others feed only in the twilight, as bats and owls, and are called crepuscular.
(Cre*pus"cu*line) a. Crepuscular. [Obs.] Sprat.
(Cres"cence) n. [See Crescent.] Increase; enlargement. [Obs.]
And toward the moon's attractive crescence bend.
(Cres*cen"do) a. & adv. [It., from crescere to increase. See Crescent.] (Mus.) With a
constantly increasing volume of voice; with gradually increasing strength and fullness of tone; a direction
for the performance of music, indicated by the mark, or by writing the word on the score.
(Cres*cen"do), n. (Mus.) (a) A gradual increase in the strength and fullness of tone with
which a passage is performed. (b) A passage to be performed with constantly increasing volume of
(Cres"cent) n. [OE. cressent, cressaunt, crescent OF. creissant increasing, F. croissant, p.
pr. of croître, OF. creistre, fr. L. crescere to increase, v. incho.; akin to creare to create. See Create,
and cf. Accrue, Increase, Crescendo.]
1. The increasing moon; the moon in her first quarter, or when defined by a concave and a convex edge; also,
applied improperly to the old or decreasing moon in a like state.
2. Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon.
3. A representation of the increasing moon, often used as an emblem or badge; as: (a) A symbol of
Artemis, or Diana. (b) The ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople. Hence: (c) The emblem
of the Turkish Empire, adopted after the taking of Constantinople.
The cross of our faith is replanted,
The pale, dying crescent is daunted.