American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move slowly on the hands and knees or by dragging the body along the ground; creep.
- v. To advance slowly, feebly, laboriously, or with frequent stops: We crawled along until we reached the open road.
- v. To proceed or act servilely.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- v. intransitive To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground.
- v. intransitive To move forward slowly, with frequent stops.
- v. intransitive To act in a servile manner.
- v. intransitive, with "with" See crawl with.
- v. intransitive To feel a swarming sensation.
- v. intransitive To swim using the crawl stroke.
- v. transitive To move over an area on hands and knees.
- v. intransitive To visit while becoming inebriated.
- v. transitive 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. television, film A piece of horizontally scrolling text overlaid on the main image.
- n. A pen or enclosure of stakes and hurdles for holding fish.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To move slowly by drawing the body along the ground, as a worm; to move slowly on hands and knees; to creep.
- v. to move or advance in a feeble, slow, or timorous manner.
- v. To advance slowly and furtively; to insinuate one's self; to advance or gain influence by servile or obsequious conduct.
- 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.
- 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
- Compare kraal. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“STAR WARS was the first VHS to make a million dollars in rentals when it came out in 1982—although technically, this was not the original version either, for in 1981 the subtitle “Episode IV: A New Hope” was added to the title crawl; but, barring this single, rather insignificant change, it was the same film.”
“Q: So you got the graphics for the title crawl but not the John Williams score?”
“Jeffrey Perlman with the American Advertising Federation said running a crawl is an "absolutely terrible idea" and that it would be "terribly disruptive" for television viewers.”
“Bot flies may not be scary but they are definitely the thing that makes my skin crawl the most.”
“A strange yet familiar feeling passed through Kai making his skin crawl, placing his right hand gently on his sword he waited and watched to see what would happen next.”
“I can picture it now, sitting there showing off my book, together with two other young fantasy authors, at a stand at the fair, silly larper friends asking me to sign the book, it makes my skin crawl in a wonderful silly way.”
“The greatest threat to America remains those amongst us who are seemingly to stupid to think beyond the ten foot square in front of a television tuned to the MSM that continues to legitimize unAmerican neo-fascist rats like J.D. Hayworth that crawl from the sewers of the Republican Party.”
“Saints preserve us, .. makes a machine gun look like musket fire and my skin crawl just watching that.”
“The ghost-booths made his skin crawl, but he needed help.”
“Laura Ingraham was making my skin crawl and instead of running the risk of throwing my computer against the wall, I decided to stop listening and just trust that you did a great job.”
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