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Meaning of CRAWL

Pronunciation:  krol

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [n]  a very slow movement; "the traffic advanced at a crawl"
  3. [n]  a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
  4. [v]  move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
  5. [v]  swim by doing the crawl; "European children learn the breast stroke; they often don't know how to crawl"
  6. [v]  show submission or fear
  7. [v]  be crawling with; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
  8. [v]  feel as if crawling with insects; "My skin crawled--I was terrified"

CRAWL is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    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
             He was hardly able to crawl about the room.
             The meanest thing that crawl'd beneath my eyes.
    3. To advance slowly and furtively; to insinuate one's self;
       to advance or gain influence by servile or obsequious
             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.
  2. \Crawl\ (kr?l), n.
    The act or motion of crawling; slow motion, as of a creeping
  3. \Crawl\, n. [Cf. {Kraal}.]
    A pen or inclosure of stakes and hurdles on the seacoast, for
    holding fish.
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