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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.
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.
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"I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school," Portman told Harper's Bazaar UK as cited by People.
Creepy Mouse first picked up a spray can in 2007, but said he discovered an affinity with Western lettering in 2011.
'Hey @Delta and @CocaCola these napkins are creepy AF,' the netizen (@ducksauz) called out.
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I expected this book to be about a carnival and to be a bit creepy. It was more exciting than I had expected.
Leaders at CWB have publicly denounced the creepy clown trend.
Appearing in the journal "New Ideas in Psychology", the research suggests that males are more likely to be perceived as creepy than females with some jobs more strongly linked to creepiness than others.
An NSPCC spokesperson said: "Wearing spooky fancy dress for Halloween is a time-honoured tradition, but we fear the recent creepy clown craze could see Halloween used as an opportunity to molest, intimidate or harm children.
Creepy clown craze, the phenomenon in which a man disguises himself as an armed clown, has been sweeping across Britain for the past few weeks, amid mixed public feeling about the banter, because at times the funny element of it just ends even before the clown springs into action; his mere presence, judging by what has been reported so far, just kills off the aspect of humor.
Frightened children have contacted Childline to talk about harassment by creepy clowns and a quarter of these children were under the age of 11.
A masked figure dressed as a creepy clown was filmed loitering near a children's playground in Caernarfon last week.