Definitions for: Crawl


[n] 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"
[n] a very slow movement; "the traffic advanced at a crawl"
[n] a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
[v] move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
[v] swim by doing the crawl; "European children learn the breast stroke; they often don't know how to crawl"
[v] show submission or fear
[v] be crawling with; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
[v] feel as if crawling with insects; "My skin crawled--I was terrified"



Webster (1913) Definition: Crawl (kr[add]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crawled
(kr[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Crawling.] [Dan. kravle, or
Icel. krafla, to paw, scrabble with the hands; akin to Sw.
kr[aum]la to crawl; cf. LG. krabbeln, D. krabbelen to
scratch.]
1. To move slowly by drawing the body along the ground, as a
worm; to move slowly on hands and knees; to creep.

A worm finds what it searches after only by feeling,
as it crawls from one thing to another. --Grew.

2. Hence, to move or advance in a feeble, slow, or timorous
manner.

He was hardly able to crawl about the room.
--Arbuthnot.

The meanest thing that crawl'd beneath my eyes.
--Byron.



3. To advance slowly and furtively; to insinuate one's self;
to advance or gain influence by servile or obsequious
conduct.

Secretly crawling up the battered walls. --Knolles.

Hath crawled into the favor of the king. --Shak.

Absurd opinions crawl about the world. --South.

4. To have a sensation as of insect creeping over the body;
as, the flesh crawls. See Creep, v. i., 7.


Crawl (kr?l), n.
The act or motion of crawling; slow motion, as of a creeping
animal.


Crawl, n. [Cf. Kraal.]
A pen or inclosure of stakes and hurdles on the seacoast, for
holding fish.

Synonyms: Australian crawl, cower, crawling, creep, creep, creeping, cringe, fawn, front crawl, grovel

See Also: bend, feel, flex, flutter kick, formicate, go, locomote, locomotion, motion, move, move, movement, pullulate, ramp, swarm, swim, swimming stroke, teem, travel, travel

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