Definition of Crawl

1. Noun. A very slow movement. "The traffic advanced at a crawl"

Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement



2. Verb. Move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground. "The streets crawl with crowds"; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
Exact synonyms: Creep
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Formicate
Derivative terms: Crawler, Crawler, Crawling, Creep, Creep, Creeper, Creeping

3. Noun. A swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick.
Exact synonyms: Australian Crawl, Front Crawl
Generic synonyms: Swimming Stroke
Terms within: Flutter Kick

4. Verb. Feel as if crawling with insects. "My skin crawled--I was terrified"
Generic synonyms: Feel

5. Noun. A slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body. "The traffic moved at a creep"
Exact synonyms: Crawling, Creep, Creeping
Generic synonyms: Locomotion, Travel
Derivative terms: Creep, Creep

6. Verb. Be full of. "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
Generic synonyms: Pullulate, Swarm, Teem

7. Verb. Show submission or fear.
Exact synonyms: Cower, Creep, Cringe, Fawn, Grovel
Generic synonyms: Bend, Flex
Derivative terms: Coward, Crawler, Fawner, Groveler, Groveller

8. Verb. Swim by doing the crawl. "European children learn the breast stroke; they often don't know how to crawl"
Category relationships: Aquatics, Water Sport
Generic synonyms: Swim

Definition of Crawl

1. v. i. To move slowly by drawing the body along the ground, as a worm; to move slowly on hands and knees; to creep.

2. n. The act or motion of crawling; slow motion, as of a creeping animal.

3. n. A pen or inclosure of stakes and hurdles on the seacoast, for holding fish.

Definition of Crawl

1. Verb. (intransitive) To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To move forward slowly, with frequent stops. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To act in a servile manner. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive with "with") See crawl with. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To feel a swarming sensation. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To swim using the crawl stroke. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To move over an area on hands and knees. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) To visit while becoming inebriated. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To visit files or web sites in order to index them for searching. ¹

10. Noun. The act of moving slowly on hands and knees etc, or with frequent stops ¹

11. Noun. A rapid swimming stroke with alternate overarm strokes and a fluttering kick ¹

12. Noun. (television film) A piece of horizontally scrolling text overlaid on the main image. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Crawl

1. to move with the body on or near the ground [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Crawl

craw-craw
crawdad
crawdaddies
crawdaddy
crawdads
crawfish
crawfish out
crawfished
crawfishes
crawfishing
crawfordite
crawk
crawked
crawking
crawks
crawl (current term)
crawl in
crawl space
crawl spaces
crawl with
crawlable
crawled
crawler
crawlers
crawlier
crawliest
crawling
crawlingly
crawls
crawlspace

Literary usage of Crawl

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1. Trukese-English Dictionary =: Pwpwuken Tettenin Fóós, Chuuk-Ingenes by Ward Hunt Goodenough, Hiroshi Sugita (1990)
"crawl or creep up, clamber up, climb up, ascend, rise (of the sun). ... cause or help (someone) to aimlessly. creep, crawl, or climb. iii teesi (vo. ..."

2. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1885)
"Single rays separated from a star-fish crawl as fast as the entire animal, ... They also crawl up Fia. 10. perpendicular surfaces, and when inverted right ..."

3. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1846)
"From the difficulty which these animals have in carrying their heads, they cannot crawl with ease when placed on the ground. I observed that one which I ..."

4. Trukese-English Dictionary =: Pwpwuken Tettenin Fóós, Chuuk-Ingenes by Ward Hunt Goodenough, Hiroshi Sugita (1990)
"crawl or creep up, clamber up, climb up, ascend, rise (of the sun). ... cause or help (someone) to aimlessly. creep, crawl, or climb. iii teesi (vo. ..."

5. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1885)
"Single rays separated from a star-fish crawl as fast as the entire animal, ... They also crawl up Fia. 10. perpendicular surfaces, and when inverted right ..."

6. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1846)
"From the difficulty which these animals have in carrying their heads, they cannot crawl with ease when placed on the ground. I observed that one which I ..."

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