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English noun: crawl

1. crawl (act) a very slow movement


SamplesThe traffic advanced at a crawl.


Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement

2. crawl (act) a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick


SynonymsAustralian crawl, front crawl


Broader (hypernym)swimming stroke


Part holonymflutter kick

3. crawl (act) a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body


SamplesA crawl was all that the injured man could manage.
The traffic moved at a creep.


Synonymscrawling, creep, creeping


Broader (hypernym)locomotion, travel


English verb: crawl

1. crawl (motion) move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground


SamplesThe crocodile was crawling along the riverbed.


ExamplesThe streets crawl with crowds


Synonymscreep


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


Narrower (hyponym)formicate

2. crawl (stative) feel as if crawling with insects


SamplesMy skin crawled--I was terrified.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)feel

3. crawl (stative) be full of


SamplesThe old cheese was crawling with maggots.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)pullulate, swarm, teem

4. crawl (motion) show submission or fear


Synonymscower, creep, cringe, fawn, grovel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)bend, flex

5. crawl (motion) swim by doing the crawl


SamplesEuropean children learn the breast stroke; they often don't know how to crawl.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)swim


Domain categoryaquatics, water sport









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