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Crawl appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • To crawl, a birth’s in a Danish tribal war cot.
  • "Eire erodes, so to grab media’s evil war, crawl," I’ve said, embargo-tossed or eerie.
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The word crawl is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun crawl

What does crawl mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: crawls

  1. a very slow movement
    • example: the traffic advanced at a crawl
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: motion / move / movement = the act of changing location from one place to another
  2. a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
  3. a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body
    • example: a crawl was all that the injured man could manage
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of crawl: crawling / creep / creeping
    • more generic words: locomotion / travel = self-propelled movement

Alternative definition of the noun crawl


  1. The act of moving slowly on hands and knees etc, or with frequent stops
  2. A rapid swimming stroke with alternate overarm strokes and a fluttering kick
  3. [television] A piece of horizontally scrolling text overlaid on the main image.

Specialised definition of the noun crawl

Glossary of sports

a fast swimming stroke in which the swimmer lies face down and uses a flutter lock and an overarm stroke (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb crawl

What does crawl mean as a doing word?

Crawl is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: crawled | crawling | crawls

  1. move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground
  2. feel as if crawling with insects
    • example: My skin crawled--I was terrified
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: feel = be felt or perceived in a certain way
  3. be full of
    • example: The old cheese was crawling with maggots
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      there [Verb] [Theme, indefinite] [Locative Preposition] [Location]There swarm bees in the garden
      [Location - location, but not region] [Verb] with [Theme]The garden is swarming with bees
      [Theme - concrete, plural] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]A flag fluttered over the fort | Bees are swarming in the garden
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]In the aquarium swam a striped fish | Over the fort fluttered a flag

      Verbs of Existence (with the same syntax): bustle, creep, hop, run, swarm, swim, teem.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: pullulate / swarm / teem = be teeming, be abuzz
  4. show submission or fear
  5. swim by doing the crawl
    • example: European children learn the breast stroke; they often don't know how to crawl
    • domain: aquatics / water sport
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: swim = travel through water

Alternative definition of the verb crawl


  1. [intransitive] To creep; to move slowly on hands and knees, or by dragging the body along the ground.
  2. [intransitive] To move forward slowly, with frequent stops.
  3. [intransitive] To act in a servile manner.
  4. [intransitive, with "with"] See crawl with.
  5. [intransitive] To feel a swarming sensation.
  6. [intransitive] To swim using the crawl stroke.
  7. [transitive] To move over an area on hands and knees.
  8. [intransitive] To visit while becoming inebriated.
  9. [transitive] To visit files or web sites in order to index them for searching.


  1. "Crawl" is a 2011 crime/thriller film written and directed by Paul China.
  2. "Crawl" is a 2012 Drama film written by Loïc Delafoulhouse and Hervè Lasgouttes, and directed by Hervè Lasgouttes.


  1. Crawl is a fictional character from the 1993 film Son in Law.
  2. Crawl is a fictional character from the 2013 film Bunks.

Phrases with Crawl

Phrases starting with the word Crawl:

  1. crawl in
  2. Crawl with
  3. crawl space

Phrases ending with the word Crawl:

  1. to crawl
  2. pub crawl
  3. pub-crawl
  4. Back Crawl
  5. front crawl
  6. Urban Crawl
  7. Dungeon crawl
  8. American Crawl
  9. australian crawl
  10. Make Someone's Skin Crawl

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Crawl

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Google preview4-H Guide to Dog Training & Dog Tricks (2010)

by Tammie Rogers

The crawl is a cute trick that can be used as part ofa little skit. Imagine how funny it might be if you set up a bar jump that you tell an audience your dog will leap. You may go on and on about what a superb jumper your dog has become, ...

Google previewThe Visual Story (2013)

Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media by Bruce Block

A crawl is a longer expositional statement about the upcoming.

Google previewSports for Her (1999)

A Reference Guide for Teenage Girls by Penny Hastings

The 100 yard free is another sprint utilizing the swimmer's choice of stroke— as always, the crawl is a favorite. The 500 yard free is the longest race of the meet. It is an individual event where each competitor swims 20 lengths of the pool, and ...

Google previewBreaking the Spell (2006)

Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel C. Dennett

This transmission error was corrected by Richard Cavill in 1902, and today's front crawl is the descendant of that quite recent improvement. But versions of the crawl have probably been invented and reinvented numerous times over the eons, ...

Google previewThe Cognitive Classroom (2013)

Using Brain and Cognitive Science to Optimize Student Success by Jerome L. Rekart

Given these two considerations, the most parsimonious explanation is that the news crawl is a distraction. The whole idea that today's "digital natives” are able to seamlessly absorb and integrate information from multiple sources ...

Google previewThe Adventurers' Handbook (2010)

An Extreme, Extraordinary, and Exciting Journey Around the World by Anita Ganeri

Front crawl is the best stroke to use because you can develop a steady pace, hopefully making it easier to keep swimming for hours on end. Every hour, members of your support team pass you food and drink from the boat. They pass them ...

Google previewGoogle Search & Rescue For Dummies (2005)

by Brad Hill

Then, as a bonus, Google launches a fresh crawl much more frequently. The fresh crawl is an update to Google's index that runs every day, or several times a day, or not quite every day, depending on the site and at the company's discretion.

Google previewStep by Step (2004)

A Complete Movement Education Curriculum by Sheila Kogan

A crawl is any four-body-part walk. A traditional baby crawl (two knees and two hands) is...

Google previewPediatric Rehabilitation (2009)

Principles & Practices, Fourth Edition by Michael A. Alexander, MD, Dennis J. Matthews, MD

Combat crawl is a usual way of crawling in lower extremity paralysis. Deformities around a joint reflect an imbalance of strength in muscles acting on the joint. The deformity or deviation is in the direction of over-pull. Such imbalance may be ...

Google previewA Pictorial Geography of the World (1856)

by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

The crawl is a pen, made where the water is about 2 feet deep at low tide, by driving mangrove poles into the ground ; the tide flows freely about the turtles, and they are fed with purslain or sea-grass. 11. Inhabitants, Races, Classes, <$-c .

Google previewCollier's New Encyclopedia (1921)

A Loose-leaf and Self-revising Reference Work ... with 515 Illustrations and Ninety-six Maps

The smaller crawl is for the baby terrapin and is 100 by 8 feet. Through both crawls there is a 'trunk,' _or ditch, running, connected with the TEBRASSON river, making a circuit of the farm and returning to the river again. The bottom of the crawls ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding (1998)

by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins

rib cage in the center and across to the shoulder, this muscle lets you perform such motions as pitching a ball underhanded, doing a wide- arm Bench Press, twisting a cap off a bottle, swimming the crawl stroke, and doing parallel bar Dips.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Wood (2007)

by U S Dept of Agriculture

Another practice is to have concrete block foundations extend a short distance above ground to support a floor system over a “crawl space.” In southern and western climates, some buildings have no foundation; the walls are supported by a ...

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Usage statistics about crawl

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun crawl:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb crawl:


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Quotes about Crawl

Once I decide to do something, I can't have people telling me I can't. If there's a roadblock, you jump over it, walk around it, crawl under it. (Kitty Kelley)
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Scrabble value of C3R1A1W4L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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