creep

(redirected from crept)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to crept: crept up

creep

 [krēp]
1. a physical property of materials that results in progressive deformation when a constant load is applied over time; it allows soft tissues to tolerate applied loads by lengthening.
2. to move along the ground using the arms and legs for propulsion. The trunk does not touch the ground.

creep

(krēp),
Any time-dependent strain developing in a material or an object in response to the application of a force or stress.

creep

a rheological effect of metals and other solid materials that may become elongated or deformed as a result of a load being applied for a long period. For example, creep can occur in silver amalgam fillings that have been in place for some time.
Cosmetic surgery A phenomenon that occurs in scalp reduction surgery after excision of a large area of alopecia, in which the skin slowly expands in response to a continuous force—e.g., the suture line at the point of closure
Managed care DRG creep
Materials science Cold flow A time-dependent strain or deformation of a material in response to a continuous force or constant stress; creep is of interest to orthopaedists who place prosthetic devices in weight-bearing regions—e.g., polyethylene components of artificial joints
Physiology A slow, continued lengthening of a muscle following a first phase of muscle lengthening
Vox populi A ne’er do well

creep

(krēp, krēp)
Progressive deformation of a material due to exposure to constant load over an extended period.
[M.E. crepen, fr. A.S. crēopan]

creep

(krēp)
Any time-dependent strain developing in a material or an object in response to the application of a force or stress.

creep

a barrier containing small apertures. Only the young animals of the group can penetrate the barrier. See also creeping.

creep barrier
a barred barrier permitting maximum auditory, olfactory, visual and palpatory contact without domination. A useful technique in a primate colony.
creep feeding
feed is placed on one side of the barrier and only the young can get access to it.
creep grazing
a creep is placed across the entrance to the pasture and only animals small enough to penetrate the creep get access to the pasture.
creep ration
a weaning diet, suitable for weaning the young, which are the only animals able to penetrate the creep.
References in classic literature ?
After about a quarter of an hour, he got the coachman and one of the footmen and crept upstairs.
and she crept up and thrust her head into the oven.
They crept and crept, the hem of her petticoat just touching his gaiter, and his elbow sometimes brushing hers.
On, yet on, crept the ring of darkness; it was now more than half across the blood-red orb.
A moment later he was moving noiselessly across the campong toward the house in which Professor Maxon lay peacefully sleeping; while at the south gate Bududreen and his six cutthroats crept cautiously within and slunk in the dense shadows of the palisade toward the workshop where lay the heavy chest of their desire.
They crept close to the village before we knew that they were about, and then, with many shouts, they rushed in upon us, shooting down men, and women, and children.
Then Monty crept out between the posts into the soft darkness, and his voice seemed to come from a great distance.
We crept cautiously and silently from tree to tree till we got a good view of the scene.
The Eagle built her nest in the branches of a tall tree, while the Fox crept into the underwood and there produced her young.
You see," said the Lightning, as it crept past him inch by inch, "I can travel considerably faster than you.