from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move slowly on the hands and knees or by dragging the body along the ground; creep.
- intransitive v. To advance slowly, feebly, laboriously, or with frequent stops: We crawled along until we reached the open road.
- intransitive v. To proceed or act servilely.
- intransitive v. 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. See Synonyms at teem1.
- intransitive v. To swim the crawl.
- n. The action of moving slowly on the hands or knees or dragging the body along the ground.
- n. An extremely slow pace: Traffic was moving at a crawl.
- n. Sports A rapid swimming stroke consisting of alternating overarm strokes and a flutter kick.
- n. 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.
- n. A pen in shallow water, as for confining fish or turtles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground.
- v. To move forward slowly, with frequent stops.
- v. To act in a servile manner.
- v. See crawl with.
- v. To feel a swarming sensation.
- v. To swim using the crawl stroke.
- v. To move over an area on hands and knees.
- v. To visit while becoming inebriated.
- v. To visit files or web sites in order to index them for searching.
- n. The act of moving slowly on hands and knees etc, or with frequent stops
- n. A rapid swimming stroke with alternate overarm strokes and a fluttering kick
- n. A piece of horizontally scrolling text overlaid on the main image.
- n. A pen or enclosure of stakes and hurdles for holding fish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To move slowly by drawing the body along the ground, as a worm; to move slowly on hands and knees; to creep.
- intransitive v. to move or advance in a feeble, slow, or timorous manner.
- intransitive v. To advance slowly and furtively; to insinuate one's self; to advance or gain influence by servile or obsequious conduct.
- intransitive v. To have a sensation as of insect creeping over the body. See Creep, v. i., 7.
- n. The act or motion of crawling; slow motion, as of a creeping animal.
- n. A pen or inclosure of stakes and hurdles on the seacoast, for holding fish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move slowly by thrusting or drawing the body along the ground, as a worm; creep.
- To move or walk feebly, slowly, laboriously, or timorously.
- To advance slowly and secretly or cunningly; hence, to insinuate one's self; gain favor by obsequious conduct.
- To have a sensation like that produced by a worm crawling upon the body: as, the flesh crawls.
- n. The act of crawling; a slow, crawling motion: as, his walk is almost a crawl.
- n. A pen or inclosure of stakes and hurdles on the sea-coast, for containing fish or turtles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. swim by doing the crawl
- n. a very slow movement
- v. move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground
- n. a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
- v. show submission or fear
- n. a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
- v. be full of
- v. feel as if crawling with insects
Middle English craulen, from Old Norse krafla; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
Afrikaans kraal, enclosure for animals; see kraal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English crawlen, from Old Norse krafla (cf. Danish kravle ‘to crawl, creep’, Swedish kravla), from Proto-Germanic *krablōnan (cf. Dutch krabbelen, Low German krabbeln, Middle High German krappeln), frequentative of Proto-Germanic *krabbōnan ‘to scratch, scrape’. More at crab. (Wiktionary)
Compare kraal. (Wiktionary)