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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Creep·er 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. 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.