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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Developing gradually over a period of time: "a creeping sense of cultural dread” ( Andrew Sullivan).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of creep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Crawling, or moving close to the ground.
  • adj. Growing along, and clinging to, the ground, or to a wall, etc., by means of rootlets or tendrils.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In submarine work, the act of dragging with creepers or grapnels to recover a lost object.
  • n. Stalking or still-hunting, as for moose or deer.
  • n. Motion of the rails of a railroad in the direction of traffic, due to a number of causes.
  • n. The slip of a belt or rope which is driving one pulley from another: due to working or elasticity in the belt or rope.
  • n. In electricity, the slow drifting or moving of an instrument or meter at no load, due to inaccurate adjustment or to a slow change of the suspension.
  • n. In geology, same as creep, 5.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body

Etymologies

creep +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “The flooding in Africa just now is the worst anyone can remember,” Sir John said, expressing frustration at how little media attention in the west was being devoted to what he terms creeping climatic catastrophe.

    Unthreaded #21 « Climate Audit

  • Q Anatoly Kulikov, the Interior Minister's, charge that Lebed was engaged in what he called creeping coup plots.

    Briefing By Mccurry Sosnik And Lockhart

  • Nations should deploy more observers immediately to prevent what he described as a creeping takeover of UNITA-held towns by government troops.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • But Ivanhoe has proposed a plan - which has been approved by a majority of its other shareholders - to protect the company against what it called creeping takeovers by preventing any one investor from slowly building up a majority stake.

    Blogposts | guardian.co.uk

  • The Russian government has repeatedly stressed its opposition to what it calls the creeping of Nato into what Moscow deems its traditional sphere of influence.

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)

  • OTTAWA – Anti-Semitism is creeping from the shadows into the mainstream and even onto university campuses, a parliamentary committee heard Monday.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Blairy beasts are creeping from the night to wards the camp fire and behind dangerously glittering eyes fatty Falconer has started muttering about the lack of a vision.

    Burn Them With Ice

  • While L. and Aliette wait to begin their first lesson the next day, the mysterious illness is creeping from the sleepy Spanish tourist town of San Sebastián.

    L. Debard and Aliette

  • Creep, and Creep, now and then the creeping is too fast and the brakes have to be applied.

    THE LAST FLIGHT

  • Something up there had told her – perhaps the quiet blue shadow of Windward Mountain creeping slowly over the pasture toward her, perhaps the silent glory of the great red-and-gold tree, perhaps the singing murmur of the little brook – perhaps all of them together had told her that now had come a time when she must do more than what Cousin Ann would do – when she

    Understood Betsy

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  • When you watch for
    Feather or fur
    Feather or fur
    Do not stir
    Do not stir.

    Feather or fur
    Come crawling
    Creeping
    Some come peeping
    Some by night
    And some by day.
    Most come gently
    All come softly
    Do not scare
    A friend away.

    - John Becker, 'Feather or Fur'.

    November 8, 2008