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crawl Explained

crawl at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


crawl at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1200, crewlen, from a Scand. source, perhaps O.N. krafla "to claw (one's way)." If there was an O.E. *craflian, it has not been recorded. Swimming sense is from 1903, the stroke developed by Frederick Cavill, well-known English swimmer who emigrated to Australia and modified the standard stroke of the day after observing South Seas islanders. So called because the swimmer's motion in the water resembles crawling. ///

crawl at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [I] [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old Norse; Origin: krafla]//
1 to move along on your hands and knees with your body close to the ground: crawl along/across etc// --The baby crawled across the floor.//
2 if an insect crawls, it moves using its legs: crawl over/up etc// --There's a bug crawling up your leg.//
3 crawl into/out of bed: to get into or out of bed slowly because you are very tired// --We crawled into bed at 2 am.//
4 if a vehicle crawls, it moves forward very slowly: crawl by/along etc// --The traffic was crawling along.//
5 BrE informal to be too pleasant or helpful to someone in authority, especially because you want them to help you - used in order to show disapproval: crawl to// --She's always crawling to the boss.//
6 be crawling with sth: to be completely covered with insects, people etc// --The floor was crawling with ants.// --The whole place was crawling with cops.//
7 crawl the Net/web: if a computer program crawls the Net, it quickly searches the Internet to find the particular information you need// spider// --robots that crawl the net searching out e-mail addresses for junk mailing//
crawl 2 n [singular]
1 a very slow speed: --The traffic had slowed to a crawl.//
2 the crawl: a way of swimming in which you lie on your stomach and move one arm, and then the other, over your head// backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly//

crawl at English => English (GNU/Linux) Of Explained:

Dungeon Crawl, a text-based roguelike game Crawl is a fun game in the grand tradition of games like Rogue, Hack, and Moria. Your objective is to travel deep into a subterranean cave complex and retrieve the Orb of Zot, which is guarded by many horrible and hideous creatures. From Debian 3.0r0 APT

crawl at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

169 Moby Thesaurus words for "crawl":
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

crawl at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Slowness): slowness, languor, lethargy, inactivity, crawl, creeping, slackening, delay, lateness, dawdling, lingering, loitering.

[V] (Slowness): move slowly, creep, crawl, lag, linger, loiter, plod, trudge, dawdle, shuffle.

[N] (Slowness): slowness, languor, lethargy, inactivity, crawl, creeping, slackening, delay, lateness, dawdling, lingering, loitering.

[V] (Slowness): move slowly, creep, crawl, lag, linger, loiter, plod, trudge,

[V] (Servility): serve, crawl, crouch, cower, grovel, fawn, lick the feet of, kiss the boots of, suck up to, pay court to, do the dirty work of.

crawl at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

verb, noun
verb [V] [usually +adv./prep.]
1 to move forward on your hands and knees, with your body close to the ground:
Our baby is just starting to crawl. * A man was crawling away from the burning wreckage. * She crawled under the fence.
2 when an insect crawls, it moves forward on its legs:
There's a spider crawling up your leg.
3 to move forward very slowly:
The traffic was crawling along. * The weeks crawled by.
4 ~ (to sb) (informal, disapproving) to be too friendly or helpful to sb in authority, in a way that is not sincere, especially in order to get an advantage from them:
She's always crawling to the boss.
be crawling with sth (informal) to be full of or completely covered with people, insects or animals, in a way that is unpleasant:
The place was crawling with journalists. * Her hair was crawling with lice.
1 [sing.] a very slow speed:
The traffic slowed to a crawl.
see also PUB CRAWL
2 (often the crawl) [sing., U] a fast swimming stroke that you do lying on your front moving one arm over your head, and then the other, while kicking with your feet:
a swimmer doing the crawl * He struck out across the pool in a powerful crawl.

Crawl at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Crawl \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.

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

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

crawl at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 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
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}]

v 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
3: be crawling with; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
4: show submission or fear [syn: {fawn}, {creep}, {cringe}, {cower},
5: swim by doing the crawl; "European children learn the breast
stroke; they often don't know how to crawl"

crawl at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedia » dab=crawl

Etymology 1

Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » crawlen|lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » non Inter: term » krafla|lang=non (cf. Danish Inter: term » kravle|lang=da ‘to crawl, creep’, Swedish Inter: term » kravla|lang=sv), from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » krablōnan|lang=gem-pro (cf. Dutch Inter: term » krabbelen|lang=nl, Low German Inter: term » |krabbeln, Middle High German Inter: term » krappeln|lang=gmh), frequentative of Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » krabbōnan|lang=gem-pro ‘to scratch, scrape’. More at Inter: l » en|crab.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: enPR » krôl, Inter: IPA » /kɹɔːl/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /krO:l/
  • Inter: rhymes » ɔːl
  • Inter: a » US Inter: enPR » krôl, Inter: IPA » /kɹɔl/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /krOl/
  • Inter: a » cot-caught Inter: enPR » kräl, Inter: IPA » /kɹɑl/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /krAl/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-crawl.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-ver » b

  • Inter: intransitiv » e To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground.
    1. : Clutching my wounded side, I crawled back to the trench.
    2. Inter: intransitiv » e To move forward slowly, with frequent stops.
    3. : The rush-hour traffic crawled around the bypass.
    4. Inter: intransitiv » e To act in a servile manner.
    5. : Dont come crawling to me with your useless apologies!''
    6. Inter: intransitive » with "with" See crawl with.
    7. Inter: intransitiv » e To feel a swarming sensation.
    8. : ''The horrible sight made my skin crawl.
    9. Inter: intransitiv » e To swim using the crawl stroke.
    10. : I think Ill crawl the next hundred metres.''
    11. Inter: transitiv » e To move over an area on hands and knees.
    12. : The baby crawled the entire second floor.
    13. Inter: intransitiv » e To visit while becoming inebriated.
    14. : They crawled the downtown bars.
    15. Inter: transitiv » e To visit files or web sites in order to index them for searching.
    16. : Yahoo Search has updated its Slurp Crawler to crawl web sites faster and more efficient.
      Derived terms
      * crawler
      Inter: trans-top » to move along the ground on hands and knees

  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|زحف|tr=zaḥafa, Inter: qualifier » imperfect: Inter: t- » ar|يزحف|tr=yazḥafu|sc=Arab
  • Inter: trreq » hy
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|пълзя
  • Catalan: Inter: t+ » ca|gatejar
  • Cebuano: Inter: tø » ceb|kamang
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|爬|tr=pá|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|匍|tr=pú|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|爬行|tr=páxíng|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|匍匐|tr=púfú|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|蛇行|tr=shéxíng|sc=Hani
  • Crimean Tatar: Inter: tø » crh|baqalamaq
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|plazit se, Inter: t- » cs|lézt
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|kruipen
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|rampi
  • Ewe: Inter: tø » ee|ta
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kontata, Inter: t+ » fi|ryömiä
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|ramper
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|ბობღვა|tr=bobḡva|sc=Geor, Inter: t- » ka|ცოცვა|tr=c'oc'va|sc=Geor, Inter: t- » ka|ხოხვა|tr=xoxva|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|kriechen, Inter: t+ » de|krabbeln
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|έρπω
  • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|זחל|tr=zakhál

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|kúszik, Inter: t+ » hu|mászik
    • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|skríða
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|這う|tr=はう, hau|sc=Jpan
    • Jèrriais: Inter: tø » roa-jer|crépi
    • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|기어가다|tr=gieogada|sc=Kore
    • Latgalian: Inter: tø » ltg|ruopuot
    • Latvian: Inter: t+ » lv|rāpot
    • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|rangkak
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|engatinhar
    • Russian: Inter: qualifier » abstract Inter: t+ » ru|ползать|tr=pólzatʹ Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|поползать|tr=popólzatʹ Inter: pf » ., Inter: qualifier » concrete Inter: t+ » ru|ползти|tr=polztí Inter: imp » f, Inter: t+ » ru|поползти|tr=popolztí Inter: pf » .
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|snàig, Inter: t- » gd|èalaidh
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|rampar (stealthily), Inter: t+ » es|gatear (like a baby or a toddler), Inter: t- » es|arrastrarse, Inter: t » es|reptar
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|krypa
    • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|పాకు|tr=paaku|sc=Telu, Inter: t- » te|దేకు|tr=daeku|sc=Telu
    • Thai: Inter: t- » th|คลาน|tr=klaan|sc=Thai
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|emeklemek
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t+ » vi|bò, Inter: t+ » vi|trườn

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to move slowly
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|влача се
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|plazit se, Inter: t- » cs|lézt
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|madella, Inter: t+ » fi|ryömiä
    • French: Inter: t- » fr|avancer au pas
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|kriechen
    • Hebrew: Inter: t- » he|הזדחל|tr=hizdakhél

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|vánszorog
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|ползти|tr=polztí
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|èalaidh
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|avanzar a paso de tortuga
  • Telugu: Inter: t- » te|దేకు|tr=daeku|sc=Telu

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to act in a servile manner
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|угоднича
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|plazit se
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kontata, Inter: t+ » fi|ryömiä
    • French: Inter: t- » fr|s'aplatir devant, Inter: t- » fr|s'aplatir

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|лебезить|tr=lebezít', Inter: t+ » ru|заискивать|tr=zaískivat', Inter: t+ » ru|угодничать|tr=ugódničat'
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|humillarse, Inter: t- » es|humillarse ante, Inter: t+ » es|arrastrar|alt=arrastrarse

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to teem or swarm
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|гъмжа
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|vilistä
    • French: Inter: t- » fr|grouiller de, Inter: t+ » fr|grouiller
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|wimmeln

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|hemzseg
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|кишеть|tr=kišétʹ
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|estar de cuajado, Inter: t- » es|estar cuajado

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to feel swarming sensation
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|saada Inter: t+ » fi|kylmä|alt=kylmiä Inter: t+ » fi|väre|alt=väreitä
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|avoir la chair de poule

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|krabbeln
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|мурашки по телу|tr=muráški po télu|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to swim using crawl stroke
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|плувам кроул
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kroolata
    • French: Inter: t- » fr|faire le crawl
    • German: Inter: t- » de|kraulen

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t- » el|κάνω κρόουλ
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|nuotare a crawl
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|плыть кролем|tr=plytʹ królem|sc=Cyrl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to move over an area on hands and knees
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|пълзя
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kontata Inter: t+ » fi|läpi

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|μπουσουλάω
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|èalaidh

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to visit while becoming inebriated
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kontata

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » to index files or web sites in order to make them available for search
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|indeksoida

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » es: Inter: t+ » es|arrastrar|alt=arrastrarse (doesn't this mean to drag?)

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • The act of moving slowly on hands and knees etc, or with frequent stops
    1. A rapid swimming stroke with alternate overarm strokes and a fluttering kick
    2. Inter: television » film A piece of horizontally scrolling text overlaid on the main image.
    3. 22 March 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Hunger Games[,71293/]
    4. : The opening crawl (and a stirring propaganda movie) informs us that “The Hunger Games” are an annual event in Panem, a North American nation divided into 12 different districts, each in service to the Capitol, a wealthy metropolis that owes its creature comforts to an oppressive dictatorship.
      Derived terms
      Inter: top » 2

  • front crawl
  • pub crawl

  • Inter: mid » 2
    • urban crawl

    Inter: botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » slow movement on hands and knees, or with frequent stops
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|пълзене|n
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|konttaus, Inter: t- » fi|ryömintä( on hands and knees); Inter: t+ » fi|matelu Inter: qualifier » with frequent stops
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Schneckentempo|n

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hebrew: זחילה (zkhila) {{f}} - movement on knees and hands; הזדחלות (hizdakhlut) {{f}} - slow movement with frequent stops
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|ползание|n|tr=pólzanije

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » swimming stroke
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|кроул|m|tr=króul
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|自由泳|tr=zìyóuyǒng|sc=Hani
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|krooli
    • German: Inter: t- » de|Kraul|n
    • Greek: Inter: t- » el|κρόουλ|n|tr=króul

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Icelandic: Inter: t- » is|skriðsund|n
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|crawl
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|クロール|tr=kurōru
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|кроль|m|tr=krolʹ
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|crol|m, Inter: t- » es|estilo crol|m
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|crawl

  • Inter: trans-botto » m

    Etymology 2

    Compare Inter: term » kraal|lang=en.


    Inter: en-nou » n
  • A pen or enclosure of stakes and hurdles for holding fish.

  • Category: Category:en:Gaits -



    Inter: fr-noun » m
  • crawl (swimming stroke)

  • Italian


    Inter: it-noun » craw|m|l|l
  • crawl (swimming stroke)

  • Swedish


    Inter: sv-noun » g=c|-
  • crawl; swimming stroke


    Inter: sv-noun-unc-irreg-c » 2=crawlen

    Related terms

    * crawla

  • Category: Category:sv:Swimming -
    Translation: cs » crawl
    Translation: et » crawl
    Translation: fa » crawl
    Translation: fr » crawl
    Translation: ko » crawl
    Translation: hr » crawl
    Translation: io » crawl
    Translation: it » crawl
    Translation: kn » crawl
    Translation: sw » crawl
    Translation: hu » crawl
    Translation: mg » crawl
    Translation: ml » crawl
    Translation: my » crawl
    Translation: nl » crawl
    Translation: ja » crawl
    Translation: no » crawl
    Translation: pl » crawl
    Translation: pt » crawl
    Translation: ru » crawl
    Translation: sm » crawl
    Category: simple:crawl -
    Translation: fi » crawl
    Translation: tl » crawl
    Translation: ta » crawl
    Translation: te » crawl
    Translation: uk » crawl
    Translation: vi » crawl
    Translation: zh » crawl