Creeper

Definition of Creeper

Creep´er   Pronunciation: krēp´ẽr
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.(Zool.) A small bird of the genus Certhia, allied to the wrens. The brown or common European creeper is Certhia 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.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.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.(Arch.) Crockets. See Crocket.

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