surface creep

surface creep
noun
: a stage in the wind erosion process in which sand grains are moved along the ground surface by impact of other grains in saltation

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  • creep — vb Creep, crawl mean to move slowly along a surface in a prone or crouching position. Creep is more often used of quadrupeds or of human beings who move on all fours and proceed slowly, stealthily, or silently {a baby creeps before it walks}… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Creep — (kr[=e]p), v. t. [imp. {Crept} (kr[e^]pt) ({Crope} (kr[=o]p), Obs.); p. p. {Crept}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Creeping}.] [OE. crepen, creopen, AS. cre[ o]pan; akin to D. kruipen, G. kriechen, Icel. krjupa, Sw. krypa, Dan. krybe. Cf. {Cripple}, {Crouch}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • creep´ing|ly — creep|ing «KREE pihng», adjective. 1. moving or developing in a gradual or imperceptible manner: »Figurative. creeping socialism, creeping aggression. Creeping inflation, we are told, is inevitable all we can do is to accept it and learn to live… …   Useful english dictionary

  • creep|ing — «KREE pihng», adjective. 1. moving or developing in a gradual or imperceptible manner: »Figurative. creeping socialism, creeping aggression. Creeping inflation, we are told, is inevitable all we can do is to accept it and learn to live with it… …   Useful english dictionary

  • creep — ► VERB (past and past part. crept) 1) move slowly and carefully, especially to avoid being noticed. 2) move or progress very slowly and steadily. 3) (of a plant) grow along the ground or other surface by extending stems or branches. 4) (creep to) …   English terms dictionary

  • Surface engineering — is the sub discipline of materials science which deals with the surface of solid matter. It has applications to chemistry, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering (particularly in relation to semiconductor manufacturing).Solids are… …   Wikipedia

  • creep — creepingly, adv. /kreep/, v., crept, creeping, n. v.i. 1. to move slowly with the body close to the ground, as a reptile or an insect, or a person on hands and knees. 2. to approach slowly, imperceptibly, or stealthily (often fol. by up): We… …   Universalium

  • creep — 1. noun /kriːp/ a) The movement of something that creeps (like worms or snails) Christmas creep. Feature creep. Instruction creep. Mission creep. b) A relatively small gradual change, variation or deviation (from a planned value) in a measure.… …   Wiktionary

  • creep — I. intransitive verb (crept; creeping) Etymology: Middle English crepen, from Old English crēopan; akin to Old Norse krjūpa to creep Date: before 12th century 1. a. to move along with the body prone and close to the ground b. to move slowly on… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • creep — verb (past and past participle crept krɛpt) 1》 move slowly and carefully, especially in order to avoid being heard or noticed.     ↘move or progress very slowly and steadily.     ↘(of a plant) grow along the ground or other surface by extending… …   English new terms dictionary

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