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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 the Appendix of 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.]

crawl

(krɔːl)
vb (intr)
1. to move slowly, either by dragging the body along the ground or on the hands and knees
2. to proceed or move along very slowly or laboriously: the traffic crawled along the road.
3. to act or behave in a servile manner; fawn; cringe
4. to be or feel as if overrun by something unpleasant, esp crawling creatures: the pile of refuse crawled with insects.
5. (Zoology) (of insects, worms, snakes, etc) to move with the body close to the ground
6. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) to swim the crawl
n
7. a slow creeping pace or motion
8. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) swimming Also called: Australian crawl or front crawl a stroke in which the feet are kicked like paddles while the arms reach forward and pull back through the water
[C14: probably from Old Norse krafla to creep; compare Swedish kravla, Middle Low German krabbelen to crawl, Old Norse krabbi crab1]
ˈcrawlingly adv

crawl

(krɔːl)
n
(Agriculture) an enclosure in shallow, coastal water for fish, lobsters, etc
[C17: from Dutch kraal kraal]

crawl

(krɔl)

v.i.
1. to move in a prone position with the body close to the ground, as a worm or caterpillar, or on the hands and knees.
2. to move or progress slowly or laboriously: a line of cars crawling toward the beach.
3. to behave in a remorseful or cringing manner.
4. to be, or feel as if, overrun with crawling things: The hut crawled with insects.
5. (of paint) to raise or contract because of an imperfect bond with the underlying surface.
v.t.
6. to visit or frequent one after the other: a night of crawling the pubs.
n.
7. the act of crawling; a slow, crawling motion.
8. a slow rate of progress.
9. a swimming stroke in a prone position, characterized by alternate overarm movements combined with the flutter kick.
10. text that moves slowly across a television or movie screen, giving information.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse krafla; compare Dan kravle to crawl, creep]
crawl′ing•ly, adv.

crawl


Past participle: crawled
Gerund: crawling

Imperative
crawl
crawl
Present
I crawl
you crawl
he/she/it crawls
we crawl
you crawl
they crawl
Preterite
I crawled
you crawled
he/she/it crawled
we crawled
you crawled
they crawled
Present Continuous
I am crawling
you are crawling
he/she/it is crawling
we are crawling
you are crawling
they are crawling
Present Perfect
I have crawled
you have crawled
he/she/it has crawled
we have crawled
you have crawled
they have crawled
Past Continuous
I was crawling
you were crawling
he/she/it was crawling
we were crawling
you were crawling
they were crawling
Past Perfect
I had crawled
you had crawled
he/she/it had crawled
we had crawled
you had crawled
they had crawled
Future
I will crawl
you will crawl
he/she/it will crawl
we will crawl
you will crawl
they will crawl
Future Perfect
I will have crawled
you will have crawled
he/she/it will have crawled
we will have crawled
you will have crawled
they will have crawled
Future Continuous
I will be crawling
you will be crawling
he/she/it will be crawling
we will be crawling
you will be crawling
they will be crawling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been crawling
you have been crawling
he/she/it has been crawling
we have been crawling
you have been crawling
they have been crawling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been crawling
you will have been crawling
he/she/it will have been crawling
we will have been crawling
you will have been crawling
they will have been crawling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been crawling
you had been crawling
he/she/it had been crawling
we had been crawling
you had been crawling
they had been crawling
Conditional
I would crawl
you would crawl
he/she/it would crawl
we would crawl
you would crawl
they would crawl
Past Conditional
I would have crawled
you would have crawled
he/she/it would have crawled
we would have crawled
you would have crawled
they would have crawled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crawl - a very slow movementcrawl - a very slow movement; "the traffic advanced at a crawl"
movement, move, motion - the act of changing location from one place to another; "police controlled the motion of the crowd"; "the movement of people from the farms to the cities"; "his move put him directly in my path"
2.crawl - a swimming strokecrawl - a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
swimming stroke - a method of moving the arms and legs to push against the water and propel the swimmer forward
flutter kick - a swimming kick; the legs are moved rapidly up and down without bending the knees
3.crawl - a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the bodycrawl - 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
Verb1.crawl - move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
formicate - crawl about like ants
2.crawl - feel as if crawling with insects; "My skin crawled--I was terrified"
feel - be felt or perceived in a certain way; "The ground feels shaky"; "The sheets feel soft"
3.crawl - be full of; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
pullulate, swarm, teem - be teeming, be abuzz; "The garden was swarming with bees"; "The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen"; "her mind pullulated with worries"
4.crawl - show submission or fear
bend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"
5.crawl - swim by doing the crawl; "European children learn the breast stroke; they often don't know how to crawl"
aquatics, water sport - sports that involve bodies of water
swim - travel through water; "We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore"; "a big fish was swimming in the tank"

crawl

verb creep, slither, go on all fours, move on hands and knees, inch, drag, wriggle, writhe, move at a snail's pace, worm your way, advance slowly, pull or drag yourself along I began to crawl on my hands and knees towards the door.
creep run, race, walk, fly, rush, dash, hurry, sprint, dart, hasten, step on it (informal)
be crawling with something be full of, teem with, be alive with, swarm with, be overrun with (slang), be lousy with This place is crawling with police.
crawl to someone grovel, creep, cringe, fawn, pander to, suck up to someone (slang), toady, brown-nose (taboo slang), truckle, kiss ass (U.S. & Canad. taboo slang), lick someone's boots (slang), humble yourself, lick someone's arse (taboo slang), abase yourself I'd have to crawl to her to keep my job.

crawl

verb
1. To move along in a crouching or prone position:
2. To advance slowly:
3. To be abundantly filled or richly supplied:
4. To experience a repugnant tingling sensation:
noun
A very slow rate of speed:
Translations
زحفزَحْف، بُطءسباحَة الزَّحْفيَتَجَرْجَر، يَزْحَفيَتَقَدَّم بِبُطء
plazit seléztloudáníplazitplížit se
kravlekrybemyldre medsnegle sigvrimle med
ryömiäsaadavärevilistäindeksoida
puzati
mászás
mjakastmjakast, skríîamoraskriî; löturhæg hreyfingskríîa
這うクロール
기다
knibždėte knibždėtikraulislaisvasis stiliusrėpliotiropojimas
kraulslēna kustēšanāslēni vilktieslīšanalīst
kraulkrokom
gomazetikravlmrgoletiplaziti se
crawlkrypa
คลาน
emeklemekkaplumbağa süratikaynamakkravl yüzmesürünmek

crawl

[krɔːl]
A. N
1. (= slow pace) [of traffic] the traffic went at a crawlla circulación avanzaba a paso de tortuga
the crawl to the coastla cola de coches hasta la costa
2. (Swimming) → crol m
to do the crawlnadar a crol
B. VI
1. (= drag o.s.) → arrastrarse; [child] → andar a gatas, gatear
to crawl in/outmeterse/salirse a gatas
the fly crawled up the windowla mosca subió despacito por el cristal
2. (= move slowly) [traffic] → avanzar lentamente, formar caravana; [time] → alargarse interminablemente
the cars were crawling alonglos coches avanzaban a paso de tortuga
3. (= suck up) to crawl to sbdar coba a algn, hacer la pelota a algn
4. to be crawling with verminestar plagado or cuajado de bichos
see also flesh
C. CPD crawl space N (US) (between floors) espacio entre plantas para tuberías o cables

crawl

[ˈkrɔːl]
vi
(= move on hands and knees) [baby, adult] → marcher à quatre pattes
to crawl on one's hands and knees → marcher à quatre pattes
[insect] → courir
to crawl up sth → grimper le long de qch
(= move slowly) [vehicle] → rouler au pas; [person] → avancer lentement
(= abase o.s.) → ramper
to crawl to sb → faire de la lèche à qn
to make sb's skin crawl, to make sb's flesh crawl (in shock, disgust)donner la chair de poule à qn
vt (= move slowly over) [+ distance] → ramper
n
(= swimming stroke) → crawl m
to do the crawl → nager le crawl
(= slow pace) at a crawl → au ralenti

crawl

n
(on hands and knees) → Kriechen nt; (= slow speed)Schnecken- or Kriechtempo nt; (Brit inf: = pub-crawl) → Kneipenbummel m; it was a long crawlwir mussten lange kriechen; (in car) → wir sind lange nur im Kriechtempo vorangekommen; we could only go at a crawlwir kamen nur im Schnecken- or Kriechtempo voran; to join the crawl to the coastsich der (Auto)schlange zur Küste anschließen
(= swimming stroke)Kraul(stil) m, → Kraulen nt; to do the crawlkraulen; she’s very fast at the crawlsie ist sehr schnell im Kraulen
vi
(person, traffic)kriechen; (baby, insects also)krabbeln; (time also)schleichen; he tried to crawl awayer versuchte wegzukriechen
(= be infested)wimmeln (with von); the meat was crawling with fliesdas Fleisch wimmelte nur so von Fliegen; the street was crawling with policeauf der Straße wimmelte es von Polizisten
spiders make/he makes my flesh or skin crawlwenn ich Spinnen/ihn sehe, kriege ich eine Gänsehaut
(inf: = suck up) → kriechen (→ to vor +dat); he went crawling to teacherer ist gleich zum Lehrer gerannt

crawl

[krɔːl]
1. n
a. (slow pace) → passo lento
the traffic went at a crawl → il traffico procedeva a passo d'uomo
b. (Swimming) → stile m libero, crawl m
to do the crawl → nuotare a stile libero, nuotare a crawl
2. vi
a. (drag o.s.) → trascinarsi, strisciare; (child) → andare gattoni or carponi; (traffic) → avanzare lentamente, procedere a passo d'uomo; (time) → non passare mai
to crawl in/out → trascinarsi carponi dentro/fuori
to be crawling with ants → brulicare di formiche
b. (fam) (suck up) to crawl to sbarruffianarsi qn

crawl

(kroːl) verb
1. to move slowly along the ground. The injured dog crawled away.
2. (of people) to move on hands and knees or with the front of the body on the ground. The baby can't walk yet, but she crawls everywhere.
3. to move slowly. The traffic was crawling along at ten kilometres per hour.
4. to be covered with crawling things. His hair was crawling with lice.
noun
1. a very slow movement or speed. We drove along at a crawl.
2. a style of swimming in which the arms make alternate overarm movements. She's better at the crawl than she is at the breaststroke.

crawl

يَزْحَفُ plazit se kravle kriechen σέρνομαι arrastrarse, gatear ryömiä ramper puzati strisciare 這う 기다 kruipen krype pełzać engatinhar, gatinhar ползать krypa คลาน emeklemek 爬行

crawl

v. arrastrarse; andar a gatas, gatear.

crawl

vi (ped) gatear
References in classic literature ?
It will be easy for me to crawl down over the shed and come to you.
Can the Delawares swim, too, as well as crawl in the bushes?
Up and down and sideways they crawl, and those absurd, unblinking eyes are everywhere.
I had been cutting up some caper or other --I think it was trying to crawl up the chimney, as i had seen a little sweep do a few days previous; and my stepmother who, somehow or other, was all the time whipping me, or sending me to bed supperless, --my mother dragged me by the legs out of the chimney and packed me off to bed, though it was only two o'clock in the afternoon of the 21st June, the longest day in the year in our hemisphere.
And if the devil has a latch-key to get into the admiral's cabin, don't you suppose he can crawl into a port-hole?
He's ill in bed," said the man; "he was taken last night in the yard, and could scarcely crawl home.
At night they would sit huddled round this stove, while they ate their supper off their laps; and then Jurgis and Jonas would smoke a pipe, after which they would all crawl into their beds to get warm, after putting out the fire to save the coal.
Pretty soon, various kinds of bugs and ants and worms and things began to flock in out of the wet and crawl down in- side my armor to get warm; and while some of them behaved well enough, and snuggled up amongst my clothes and got quiet, the majority were of a restless, uncomfortable sort, and never stayed still, but went on prowling and hunting for they did not know what; especially the ants, which went tickling along in wearisome procession from one end of me to the other by the hour, and are a kind of creatures which I never wish to sleep with again.
He just had strength enough to crawl up on to the comb and lean his back agin the chimbly, and then he collected his impressions and begun to free his mind.
I would crawl into this bag, and there sleep on the cold, damp, clay floor, with my head in and feet out.
Each of these stoppages was made at a doleful grating, by which any languishing good airs that were left uncorrupted, seemed to escape, and all spoilt and sickly vapours seemed to crawl in.
I turned back, when my 'art was full of prayers that I might crawl to the old door-step, in the night, kiss it, lay my wicked face upon it, and theer be found dead in the morning.