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crawl definition

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This page has 18 definitions of crawl with English translations in 5 languages. Crawl is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use crawl in a sentence are shown. Also define these 31 related words and terms: creep, hand, knee, drag, body, ground, frequent, servile, crawl with, swarm, swim, stroke, index, search, web site, rapid, alternate, overarm, flutter, kick, television, film, horizontal, vertical, scroll, pen, enclosure, stake, hurdle, fish, and crawl.

English crawl definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English crawlen, creulen, *cravelen, from Old Norse krafla (compare Danish kravle (to crawl, creep), Swedish kravla), from Proto-Germanic *krablōną (compare Dutch krabbelen, Low German krabbeln, Middle High German krappeln), frequentative of *krabbōną (to scratch, scrape). More at crab.

Verb

crawl (third-person singular simple present crawls, present participle crawling, simple past and past participle crawled)

  1. (intransitive) To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground.
    • 1701, Nehemiah Grew, Cosmologia Sacra
      A worm finds what it searches after only by feeling, as it crawls from one thing to another.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, in The China Governess[1]:
      ‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’
    Clutching my wounded side, I crawled back to the trench.
  2. (intransitive) To move forward slowly, with frequent stops.
    The rush-hour traffic crawled around the bypass.
  3. (intransitive) To act in a servile manner.
    Don't come crawling to me with your useless apologies!
  4. (intransitive, with "with") See crawl with.
    • Crawl With definition
      To include or be covered with swarms or large numbers of (something, especially insects or people); to have in great numbers or multitudes.
  5. (intransitive) To feel a swarming sensation.
    The horrible sight made my skin crawl.
  6. (intransitive) To swim using the crawl stroke.
    I think I'll crawl the next hundred metres.
  7. (transitive) To move over an area on hands and knees.
    The baby crawled the entire second floor.
  8. (intransitive) To visit while becoming inebriated.
    They crawled the downtown bars.
  9. (transitive) To visit files or web sites in order to index them for searching.
    Yahoo Search has updated its Slurp Crawler to crawl web sites faster and more efficiently.
    • Web Site definition
      Alternative form of website
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Noun

crawl (plural crawls)

  1. The act of moving slowly on hands and knees etc, or with frequent stops.
  2. A rapid swimming stroke with alternate overarm strokes and a fluttering kick.
    • Alternate definition
      Happening by turns; one following the other in succession of time or place; first one and then the other (repeatedly) (1 of 4 alternate definitions)
    • Overarm definition
      Throwing while having the hand above the elbow
  3. (figuratively) A very slow pace.
    My computer has slowed down to a crawl since I installed that software package.
  4. (television, film) A piece of horizontally or vertically scrolling text overlaid on the main image.
    • 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[2]
      The opening crawl (and a stirring propaganda movie) informs us that “The Hunger Games” are an annual event in Panem, a North American nation divided into 12 different districts, each in service to the Capitol, a wealthy metropolis that owes its creature comforts to an oppressive dictatorship.
    • Television definition
      An electronic communication medium that allows the transmission of real-time visual images, and often sound. (1 of 4 television definitions)
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Etymology 2

Compare kraal.

Noun

crawl (plural crawls)

  1. A pen or enclosure of stakes and hurdles for holding fish.

French crawl definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English crawl.

Pronunciation

Noun

crawl m (plural crawls)

  1. crawl (swimming stroke)

Further reading


Italian crawl definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English crawl.

Noun

crawl m (plural crawl)

  1. crawl (swimming stroke)

Portuguese crawl definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English crawl.

Noun

crawl m (uncountable)

  1. crawl (swimming stroke)

Swedish crawl definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English crawl.

Noun

crawl c (uncountable)

  1. crawl; swimming stroke

Declension

Declension of crawl 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative crawl crawlen
Genitive crawls crawlens

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