from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To stoop, especially with the knees bent: crouched over the grate, searching for his keys.
- intransitive v. To press the entire body close to the ground with the limbs bent: a cat crouching near its prey.
- intransitive v. To bend servilely or timidly; cringe.
- transitive v. To bend (the head or knee, for example) low, as in fear or humility.
- n. The act or posture of bending low or crouching.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cross.
- v. To sign with the cross; bless.
- v. To bend down; to stoop low; to lie close to the ground with legs bent, as an animal when waiting for prey, or in fear.
- v. To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe.
- v. To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear.
- n. A bent or stooped position.
- n. A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to crouch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To bend down; to stoop low; to lie close to the ground with the logs bent, as an animal when waiting for prey, or in fear.
- intransitive v. To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe.
- transitive v. To sign with the cross; to bless.
- transitive v. To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bend; stoop low; lie or stoop close to the ground, as an animal in preparing to spring or from fear: as, a dog crouches to his master, a lion crouches in the thicket.
- To bow or stoop servilely; make slavish obeisance; fawn; cringe.
- To bend or cause to bend low, as if for concealment, or in fear or abasement.
- n. A cross; a crucifix; the sign of the cross; the cross on a coin, or the coin itself. See cross, n.
- To sign with the cross; bless.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
- v. sit on one's heels
- v. bend one's back forward from the waist on down
Refusing to call them on their bullshit, to hector them at every turn, to refute them at every opportunity, and to emerge from that defensive crouch is a sign of weakness that can be done without. cyates Says:
His crouch was a gathering together, an assembling of all the parts of him under the rule of the spirit of him, for the spring upward to meet in mid career this monstrous, menacing thing.
"Just call the crouch, touch, pause, engage, and don't try to coach us," was Tialata's plea.
Although the NWS has, indeed, recommended the "crouch" as a last resort, the NWS's lightning expert himself, John Jensenius, told me that the advantage is slight -- not as great as some NWS websites imply.
This part of the tunnel, again, you have to kind of crouch down.
But when Tabu-Tabu put up his hands after the most approved method of self-defense and dropped into a "crouch,"
Such men can "crouch" with impunity, there is no one to run them down and no law to punish them.
"What's impressed me the most is that the folks have not gotten into a kind of crouch position," he said.
If out in the open, squat out in a low-lying area on the tips of your toes in a "crouch" position, away from other people (electrical current can jump from one person or object to another).
It reminds me of our bomb drills at Riverside Elementary School in Cleveland, how we had to crouch below our desks when the special bell rang.