crawl

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[ krawl ]
/ krɔl /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to visit or frequent a series of (especially bars): to crawl the neighborhood pubs.
Also spider. Digital Technology. to retrieve (data) from a website using a computer program, as in order to index web pages for a search engine: Search engines are constantly crawling the web.

noun

Origin of crawl

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1150–1200; Middle English crawlen < Old Norse krafla; compare Danish kravle “to crawl, creep”

Related forms

crawl·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confused

craw crawl

Synonym study

1. Crawl, creep refer to methods of moving like reptiles or worms, or on all fours. They are frequently interchangeable, but crawl is used of a more prostrate movement than creep : A dog afraid of punishment crawls toward his master. Creep expresses slow progress: A child creeps before walking or running.
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British Dictionary definitions for crawling (1 of 3)

crawling

/ (ˈkrɔːlɪŋ) /

noun

a defect in freshly applied paint or varnish characterized by bare patches and ridging

British Dictionary definitions for crawling (2 of 3)

crawl

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/ (krɔːl) /

verb (intr)

noun

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

Derived Forms

crawlingly, adverb

Word Origin for crawl

C14: probably from Old Norse krafla to creep; compare Swedish kravla, Middle Low German krabbelen to crawl, Old Norse krabbi crab 1

British Dictionary definitions for crawling (3 of 3)

crawl

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/ (krɔːl) /

noun

an enclosure in shallow, coastal water for fish, lobsters, etc

Word Origin for crawl

C17: from Dutch kraal kraal
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