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creeper


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Creeper  \Creep"er\  (kr[=e]p"[~e]r),  n. 
  1.  One  who  or  that  which  creeps;  any  creeping  thing 
 
  Standing  waters  are  most  unwholesome,  .  .  .  full  of 
  mites,  creepers;  slimy,  muddy,  unclean.  --Burton. 
 
  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.  (Zo["o]l.)  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  {telegraph 
  creepers}. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  creeper 
  n  1:  any  plant  (as  ivy  or  periwinkle)  that  grows  by  creeping 
  2:  any  of  various  small  insectivorous  birds  of  the  northern 
  hemisphere  that  climb  about  on  trees  [syn:  {tree  creeper}] 




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