crawling

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crawl 1

 (krôl)
intr.v. crawled, crawl·ing, crawls
1. To move slowly on the hands and knees or by dragging the body along the ground; creep: The baby crawled across the floor.
2. To advance slowly, feebly, laboriously, or with frequent stops: We crawled along in traffic until we reached the highway.
3. To proceed or act servilely: "She was going to come crawling back to me, eloquently detailing exactly how sorry she was" (Emily Griffin).
4. To be or feel as if swarming or covered with moving things: The accident scene was crawling with police officers. My flesh crawled in horror.
5. To swim the crawl.
n.
1. The action of moving slowly on the hands or knees or dragging the body along the ground.
2. An extremely slow pace: Traffic was moving at a crawl.
3. Sports A rapid swimming stroke consisting of alternating overarm strokes and a flutter kick.
4. A set of letters or figures that move across, up, or down a movie or television screen, usually giving information, such as film credits or weather alerts. Also called crawler.
5. A social activity that consists of going to a series of related establishments one after the other: a bar crawl; a museum crawl.

[Middle English craulen, from Old Norse krafla; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.]

crawl′ing·ly adv.

crawl 2

 (krôl)
n. Archaic
A pen in shallow water, as for confining fish or turtles.

[Afrikaans kraal, enclosure for animals; see kraal.]

crawling

(ˈkrɔːlɪŋ)
n
(Building) a defect in freshly applied paint or varnish characterized by bare patches and ridging
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crawling - a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the bodycrawling - a slow 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"
locomotion, travel - self-propelled movement
Translations

crawling

[ˈkrɔːlɪŋ] adj
to be crawling with (pejorative)grouiller de

crawling

adj insect, movementkriechend, krabbelnd; a baby at the crawling stageein Baby im Krabbelalter ? also crawl
References in classic literature ?
Leastways 'e was crawlin' towards the barricks, sir, past the main road sentries, an' the sentry 'e sez, sir -"
And you hear that fellow with a frog in his throat--a steam schooner as near as I can judge, crawlin' in from the Heads against the tide.
Say they're goin' to beat us to our knees till we come crawlin' back a-beggin' for our jobs.