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Definition of 'crawl'


  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
       Synonyms: front crawl Australian crawl
  3. a slow 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"
       Synonyms: crawling creep creeping


  1. move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
       Synonyms: creep
  2. feel as if crawling with insects; "My skin crawled--I was terrified"
  3. be crawling with; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
  4. show submission or fear
       Synonyms: fawn creep cringe cower grovel
  5. swim by doing the crawl; "European children learn the breast stroke; they often don't know how to crawl"

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