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Dictionary Definition

crawl

Noun

1 a very slow movement; "the traffic advanced at a crawl"
2 a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick [syn: front crawl, Australian crawl]
3 a slow creeping mode of locomotion (on hands and knees or dragging the body); "a crawl was all that the injured man could manage"; "the traffic moved at a creep" [syn: crawling, creep, creeping]

Verb

1 move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed" [syn: creep]
2 feel as if crawling with insects; "My skin crawled--I was terrified"
3 be crawling with; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
4 show submission or fear [syn: fawn, creep, cringe, cower, grovel]
5 swim by doing the crawl; "European children learn the breast stroke; they often don't know how to crawl"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Origin unknown; probably Scandinavian (compare Swedish kravla, Danish kravle)

Pronunciation

  • , /krɔ:l/, /krO:l/

Verb

  1. To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground
    Clutching my wounded side, I crawled back to the trench.
  2. To move forward slowly, with frequent stops.
    The rush-hour traffic crawled around the bypass.
  3. To act in a servile manner
    Don't come crawling to me with your useless apologies!
  4. To teem; to be covered or swarming (with)
    The crime scene was crawling with police and reporters.
  5. To feel a swarming sensation
    The horrible sight made my skin crawl.
  6. To swim using the crawl stroke
    I think I'll crawl the next hundred metres.
  7. To move over an area on hands and knees.
    The baby crawled the entire second floor.
  8. To visit while becoming inebriated
    They crawled the downtown bars.
  9. To index files or web sites in order to make them available for search;
    Yahoo Search has updated its Slurp Crawler to crawl web sites faster and more efficient.

Derived terms

Translations

move along the ground
move slowly
act in a servile manner
teem or swarm
feel swarming sensation
swim using crawl stroke

Noun

  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

Derived terms

Translations

slow movement
  • German: Schneckentempo
  • Hebrew: זחילה (zkhila) - movement on knees and hands; הזדחלות (hizdakhlut) - slow movement with frequent stops
swimming stroke
  • German: Kraul
  • Italian: crawl
  • Swedish: crawl

French

Noun

  1. crawl (swimming stroke)

Italian

Noun

  1. crawl (swimming stroke)

Swedish

Noun

crawl
  1. crawl; swimming stroke

Related terms

Extensive Definition

The word crawl has a number of uses:
  • Crawling is to move in a slow, creeping fashion, usually dragging the body along the ground by using the hands and knees. The term is often used to describe the motion of infants, or to describe the motion of a particularly slow process.
  • In swimming, a front crawl is one of techniques used to propel oneself in water.
  • In television, a news crawl is a moving line of text usually put at the bottom of the screen.
  • The Star Wars opening crawl begins each of the six Star Wars films, explaining that episode's place in the entire saga.
  • To crawl the World Wide Web or a similar medium is to visit a large number of sites, following many or all hyperlinks. The term is often used to describe how search engines gather their data. See also web crawler.
  • Crawl may also refer to the roguelike computer game Linley's Dungeon Crawl, or to the dungeon crawl style of gaming in general.
  • "Crawl" is the title of a song by Soul Asylum from their 1995 album Your Dim Light Shine.
  • "Crawl" is the title of a song by Damageplan from their 2004 album New Found Power.
  • "Crawl" Is the final track by Alkaline Trio off their 2001 album From Here To Infirmary.
  • "Crawl" is the title of a song by Thisway that appeared on their self titled album released on the Warner Bros. label in 1999, and was used in the final scene ever shown on the WB Network
  • "Crawl" is the title of a song by a New Zealand Rock band, Atlas (band) from their 2007 single.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Australian crawl, abound, all fours, amble, andante, aquaplaning, aquatics, backstroke, balneation, bathe, bathing, bend the knee, blister, bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, breaststroke, butterfly, castigate, claudicate, claudication, couch, cower, crawling, creep, creeping, cringe, crouch, dead march, diving, dog paddle, dogtrot, drag, drag along, drag on, drag out, edge, excoriate, fawn, feel creepy, feel funny, fin, fishtail, flapper, flatter, flay, flipper, floating, flow, footpace, funeral march, go dead slow, go on, go on tiptoe, go slow, grovel, gumshoe, gumshoeing, have gooseflesh, have the creeps, hobble, hug the earth, idle, inch, inch along, jog, jog trot, jog-trot, kneel, kowtow, lay, laze, leisurely gait, lick the dust, lickspittle, lie, lie down, lie flat, lie limply, lie low, lie prone, lie prostrate, lie under, limp, linger, linger on, loll, lounge, lumbering pace, mincing steps, mosey, natation, nightwalk, nightwalking, pad, padding, plod, poke, poke along, prowl, prowling, pullulate, pussyfoot, pussyfooting, rack, recline, repose, roast, saunter, scathe, scorch, scrabble, scramble, shamble, shuffle, shuffle along, sidestroke, sidle, sidling, slam, slide, slink, slinking, slouch, slow march, slow motion, snake, snaking, sneak, sneaking, sprawl, squat, squirm, stagger along, steal, steal along, stealing, stoop, stroll, surfboarding, surfing, swarm, swim, swimming, tarry, teem, tippytoe, tiptoe, tiptoeing, toadeat, toady, toddle, toddle along, totter along, traipse, treading water, truckle, trudge, underlie, waddle, wading, walk, waterskiing, wear on, wiggle, worm, worm along, worming, wriggle
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