to move in a prone position with the body resting on or close to the ground, as a worm or caterpillar, or on the hands and knees, as a young child.
(of plants or vines) to extend tendrils; creep.
to move or progress slowly or laboriously: The line of cars crawled behind the slow-moving truck.The work just crawled until we got the new machines.
to behave in a remorseful, abject, or cringing manner: Don't come crawling back to me asking for favors.
to be, or feel as if, overrun with crawling things: The hut crawled with lizards and insects.
Ceramics. (of a glaze) to spread unevenly over the surface of a piece.
(of paint) to raise or contract because of an imperfect bond with the underlying surface.
to visit or frequent a series of (similar businesses, especially bars): to crawl the neighborhood pubs.
Digital Technology. to digitally survey (websites) using a computer program, as in order to index web pages for a search engine: Search engines are constantly crawling the web.: Compare spider (def. 10).
the act of crawling; a slow, crawling motion.
the visiting of a series of similar businesses, especially bars: a beer crawl;a museum crawl.
a slow pace or rate of progress: Traffic slowed to a crawl.
Swimming. a stroke in a prone position, characterized by alternate overarm movements combined with the flutter kick.
Television, Movies. titles that slowly move across a screen, providing information.
- crawl·ing·ly, adverb
- craw, crawl
Other definitions for crawl (2 of 2)
an enclosure in shallow water on the seacoast, as for confining fish, turtles, etc.: a crab crawl.
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How to use crawl in a sentence
Efficiency of crawl, as we mentioned above, are the benefits.
The data we gather in TGIF show that in many cases, those solutions often do more harm than good as they are not getting indexed and they make it very difficult to get crawl data that actually reflects your website’s structure as Google sees it.
However, for larger sites, having multiple URLs that host the same content may consume crawl budget and dilute signals, inhibiting a search engine’s ability to index and evaluate your pages.How content consolidation can help boost your rankings | George Nguyen | September 10, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Although most people might have heard of crawl budgeting, they might have considered using it, to begin with, or even think about it, when it comes to SEO.
However, the number of pages your domain accommodates should never exceed your crawl budget, or else all pages over that limit will go unnoticed in search.
“Now get on your knees and crawl,” he demanded with the slap of a leather horse crop against the palm of his hand.
Klain is not the first to crawl out of the swamp of Biden World on to the larger stage.Where There’s Trouble, You’ll Usually Find Joe Biden | Lloyd Green | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Social media is heavily censored, with Instagram blocked and access to various websites operating at a crawl.
But as the opening crawl assures, “none of this is canon, so just relax.”‘Phineas and Ferb’ Pilot Disney’s Premier Voyage into ‘Star Wars’ | Jason Lynch | July 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
John Huston recalls in his autobiography, An Open Book, a time when he asked Mitchum to crawl across the grass on his elbows.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum | Robert Ward | July 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He felt himself the meanest, vilest thing a-crawl upon this sinful earth, and she—dear God!St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
crawl up there again, Sarge, and look straight down at the first ledge from the bottom.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
In a moment it began to crawl down the side of the street, seeming to fill the whole city with silence.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
In the first place, as to hours—they never leave the ball-room until utterly exhausted, and scarcely fit to crawl to bed.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Bud slid noiselessly out of the car and under it, head to the rear where he could crawl out quickly.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
British Dictionary definitions for crawl (1 of 2)
to move slowly, either by dragging the body along the ground or on the hands and knees
to proceed or move along very slowly or laboriously: the traffic crawled along the road
to act or behave in a servile manner; fawn; cringe
to be or feel as if overrun by something unpleasant, esp crawling creatures: the pile of refuse crawled with insects
(of insects, worms, snakes, etc) to move with the body close to the ground
to swim the crawl
a slow creeping pace or motion
Also called: Australian crawl, front crawl swimming a stroke in which the feet are kicked like paddles while the arms reach forward and pull back through the water
- crawlingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for crawl (2 of 2)
an enclosure in shallow, coastal water for fish, lobsters, etc
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