I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse krafla Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to move slowly in a prone position without or as if without the use of limbs <
the snake crawled into its hole
2. to move or progress slowly or laboriously <
traffic crawls along at 10 miles an hour
3. to advance by guile or servility <
crawling into favor by toadying to his boss
4. to spread by extending stems or tendrils <
a crawling vine
5. a. to be alive or swarming with or as if with creeping things <
a kitchen crawling with ants
b. to have the sensation of insects creeping over one <
the story made her flesh crawl
6. to fail to stay evenly spread — used of paint, varnish, or glaze transitive verb 1. to move upon in or as if in a creeping manner <
all the creatures that crawl the earth
2. to reprove harshly <
they got no good right to crawl me for what I wrote — Marjorie K. Rawlings
II. noun Date: 1818 1. a. the act or action of crawling b. slow or laborious progress c. chiefly British a going from one pub to another 2. a fast swimming stroke executed in a prone position with alternating overarm strokes and a flutter kick 3. lettering that moves vertically or horizontally across a television or motion-picture screen to give information (as performer credits or news bulletins)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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