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Dictionary definition for: Crawl

1. (n) a very slow movement; "the traffic advanced at a crawl"

2. (v) move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"

3. (n) a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick

4. (v) feel as if crawling with insects; "My skin crawled--I was terrified"

5. (n) a slow creeping 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"

6. (v) be crawling with; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"

7. (v) show submission or fear

8. (v) swim by doing the crawl; "European children learn the breast stroke; they often don''t know how to crawl"

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