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Definition of the noun crinkle

What does crinkle mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: crinkles

  1. a slight depression or fold in the smoothness of a surface

Alternative definition of the noun crinkle


  1. A wrinkle, fold, crease or unevenness.

Definition of the verb crinkle

What does crinkle mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: crinkled | crinkling | crinkles

  1. make wrinkles or creases on a smooth surface; make a pressed, folded or wrinkled line in; `crisp' is archaic
    • example: They crinkle the sheets
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Tony bent the rock
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Tony folded the flaps open
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Tony bent the rod into a U
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Tony bent the rod into a U with pliers
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Tony bent the rock with pliers
      [Instrument - solid] [Verb] [Patient]The pliers bent the rod
      [Patient - solid] [Verb]The rod bent
      [Patient - solid] [Verb] [Adverb]Copper rods bend easily | Cotton clothes dry easily | Crystal vases break easily | Idaho potatoes bake beautifully

      Verbs of Change of State (with the same syntax): bend, crease, crumple, distend, fold, furrow, roll, round, rumple, scrunch, splay, straighten, stretch, unfold, unfurl, unroll, unwind, warp, wrinkle.

    • usage: archaicism / archaism
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of crinkle: crease / crisp / ruckle / scrunch / scrunch up / wrinkle
    • more generic terms: fold / fold up / turn up = bend or lay so that one part covers the other
    • more specific terms:
  2. become wrinkled or crumpled or creased
    • examples: The sheets didn't crinkle | These fabrics crinkle easily
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of crinkle: crease / crumple / rumple / wrinkle
    • more generic terms: fold / fold up = become folded or folded up

Alternative definition of the verb crinkle


  1. To fold, crease, crumple, or wad.

Phrases with crinkle

  1. crinkle root
  2. crinkle-root
  3. to crinkle

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for crinkle

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Google previewField Guide to Cookies (2015)

How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable by Anita Chu

CHOCOLATE CRINKLES General Description: The chocolate crinkle is a soft, fudgy cookie covered in confectioners' sugar that has “cracked” on top to show the dark brown chocolate interior. Its appearance results from a ball of the dark ...

Google previewLake District Winter Climbs (2006)

Snow, Ice and Mixed Climbs in the English Lake District by Brian Davison, Stephen Reid

The Wrinkled Crinkle 25m IV/V (4) 1984 Slightly downstream from the 30m wall is a small crag. The Wrinkled Crinkle is the first ice streak to be reached ...

Google previewPublications of the Faculty of the Section of Plant Pathology (1922)

DISEASES APPLE Crinkle Crinkle is a physiological disease which appears FRUIT AND VEGETABLE DISEASES 19.

Google previewThe Fashion Design Manual (1996)

by Pamela Stecker

The crinkle is a textural finishing treatment, Yor Yu A woven fabric with a pronounced crinkle texture. Frequently available in polyester, cotton or blends. DOTS AND SPOTS Coin spot Large dots approximately the size of a coin. Pin spot The ...

Google previewDiseases of Temperate Zone Tree Fruit and Nut Crops (1991)

by Joseph M. Ogawa, Harley English

Apple Green Crinkle Unidentified Graft-Transmissible Pathogen Apple green crinkle is a disease of worldwide occurrence. It is especially important in New Zealand because of its adverse effect on the Granny Smith cultivar (Wood 1979), but it ...

Google previewA Carib Grammar and Dictionary (2008)

by Henk Courtz

/vt/ wrinkle, crinkle (w)otuririko /vm/ wrinkle, crinkle tuririky /n/ wrinkle, crinkle turisi [Ap turisi] / n/ tree sp. [Tou- licia spp. (Sapindaceae), Talisia spp. (Sapindaceae)] [Ahlbr.

Google previewEncyclopedia of toxicology (2005)

Dib-L] by Philip Wexler, Bruce D. Anderson

Turnip crinkle virus genes required for RNA replication and virus movement. Virology 186: 1. Morris TJ and Carrington JC (1988) Carnation mottle virus and ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Crossword Puzzle Dictionary (1996)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

rub 4 friz, snag 5 check, frizz, screw 6 bridle, hamper, hold in, hurdle, rimple, ruck up, rumple 7 crinkle, crumple, inhibit, scrunch, wrinkle 8 hold back, hold down, mountain, obstacle, restrain, withhold 9 constrain 10 impediment 1 1 Chinese ...

Google previewDiamond Pocket English Dictionary

by Dr. Baljit Singh

creepy crinkle creepy a. horrible, fearful, cremate v.t to bum (a dead body). cremation n. act of cremating. cremator n. one who cremates . crematorium, crematory n. place for the cremation of dead bodies. crescendo' a. of increasing loudness.

Google previewDictionary of English Etymology (1859)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood (M.A.)

Crinkle. To crankle or ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

bold: desperado criminal's encourager or helper: accessory, accomplice H crimp: bend, corrugate, cramp, crease, crinkle, curl, fold, frizz, hamper, mold, obstacle, pinch, plait, pleat, ruffle, snag, thwart, wave, wrinkle crimson: beet red, bloody, ...

Google previewThe Fairchild Books Dictionary of Textiles (2013)

by Phyllis G. Tortora, Ingrid Johnson

crinkle A wrinkled or puckered effect in fabric that may be obtained in a number of ways, either in the construction of the cloth or in finishing. Sometimes used to describe the ...

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Scrabble value of C3R1I1N1K5L1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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