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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 , allied to the wrens. The brown or common European creeper is {C. familiaris}, a variety of which (var. Americana) inhabits America; - called also and . The American black and white creeper is .
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 .
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 .
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