crawl

Definitions

  • Flies Crawling Around There Are Men and Women 157
    Flies Crawling Around There Are Men and Women 157
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crawl move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground "The crocodile was crawling along the riverbed"
    • v crawl swim by doing the crawl; they often don't know how to crawl" "European children learn the breast stroke"
    • v crawl show submission or fear
    • v crawl be full of "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
    • v crawl feel as if crawling with insects "My skin crawled--I was terrified"
    • n crawl a slow 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"
    • n crawl a very slow movement "the traffic advanced at a crawl"
    • n crawl a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"I HAD TO CRAWL AROUND AND OVER IT." "I HAD TO CRAWL AROUND AND OVER IT."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A snail can crawl across a razor blade without getting injured. This is possible because they excrete a slime that protects them
    • n Crawl A pen or inclosure of stakes and hurdles on the seacoast, for holding fish.
    • n Crawl The act or motion of crawling; slow motion, as of a creeping animal.
    • Crawl To advance slowly and furtively; to insinuate one's self; to advance or gain influence by servile or obsequious conduct. "Secretly crawling up the battered walls.""Hath crawled into the favor of the king.""Absurd opinions crawl about the world."
    • Crawl To have a sensation as of insect creeping over the body; as, the flesh crawls . See Creep v. i., 7.
    • Crawl to move or advance in a feeble, slow, or timorous manner. "He was hardly able to crawl about the room.""The meanest thing that crawl'd beneath my eyes."
    • Crawl To move slowly by drawing the body along the ground, as a worm; to move slowly on hands and knees; to creep. "A worm finds what it searches after only by feeling, as it crawls from one thing to another."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Babies crawl an average of 200m a day
    • crawl To move slowly by thrusting or drawing the body along the ground, as a worm; creep.
    • crawl To move or walk feebly, slowly, laboriously, or timorously.
    • crawl To advance slowly and secretly or cunningly; hence, to insinuate one's self; gain favor by obsequious conduct.
    • crawl To have a sensation like that produced by a worm crawling upon the body: as, the flesh crawls.
    • n crawl The act of crawling; a slow, crawling motion: as, his walk is almost a crawl.
    • n crawl A pen or inclosure of stakes and hurdles on the sea-coast, for containing fish or turtles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.
    • v.i Crawl krawl to move slowly along the ground, as a worm: to creep: to move feebly, stealthily, or sneakingly: to be covered with crawling things
    • n Crawl the act of crawling
    • n Crawl krawl a pen for keeping fish: a kraal.
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Quotations

  • Fawn M. Brodie
    Fawn M. Brodie
    “Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.”
  • William S. Burroughs
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    “Junk is the ideal product... the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy.”
  • Veronica Lake
    Veronica Lake
    “Hollywood gives a young girl the aura of one giant, self-contained orgy farm, its inhabitants dedicated to crawling into every pair of pants they can find.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates.”
  • Mike Adams
    Mike Adams
    “Organic chemistry is the chemistry of carbon compounds. Biochemistry is the study of carbon compounds that crawl.”
  • Omar Khayyam
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    “And that inverted bowl we call The Sky, where under crawling coop't we live and die, lift not thy hands to It for help -- for it rolls impotently on as thou or I.”

Idioms

Laugh to see a pudding crawl - (UK) Someone who would laugh to see a pudding crawl is easily amused and will laugh at anything.
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Make your flesh crawl - If something makes your flesh crawl, it really scares or revolts you. ('Make your flesh creep' is an alternative. 'Make your skin crawl' is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Dan. kravle, or Icel. krafla, to paw, scrabble with the hands; akin to Sw. kräla, to crawl; cf. LG. krabbeln, D. krabbelen, to scratch

Usage

In literature:

Crawling on our stomachs, my bearer and I peeped over the edge of the plateau.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
Onct I crawled in a winder and et up a batch of 'son-of-a-gun-in-a-sack' that the feller who lived there had jest made.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
Farther I could not move her, for the bridge was too low to let me do more than crawl below it.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Now then, crawl after me.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
If the traveller only sit down for a moment, they crawl upon him without being perceived.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
There he could crawl up on the soft kelp and rest.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
So I lay, waiting with the thought that I might recover my strength (I could barely move) and try to crawl back.
"Attack" by Edward G. D. Liveing
That night the engines were started up, and one by one the tanks crawled off the train.
"Life in a Tank" by Richard Haigh
But the port will be crawling with every agent they have.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
He could get there by crawling.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Firetop crawled quietly out of the warm wolf-skins of his bed.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
She crawled around the bed to look for her gown and her belt.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The skin crawled on the back of Daoud's neck.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
With the window open it was no trick at all to crawl out, set the brake, and stop the car.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
Sax turned against the storm and tried to crawl backwards.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
And there they lay among the little bushes: lay and kicked, for they could not even crawl.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
But it was a very dumb, weak, helpless self, a crawling nursling.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Using his knees and elbows to push himself through the grass, he began to crawl.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Slowly he looked around, and felt the first crawl of panic.
"The Sensitive Man" by Poul William Anderson
She couldn't crawl out from under the buggy and she certainly did not wish to remain under it.
"Madge Morton's Trust" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
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In poetry:

The fallow graves, ponds
Full of limp fish, tall
Terrains, fields and fronds
Through which we crawl, and call.
"False Nightmare" by Allen Tate
See the stitches curve and crawl
Round the cunning seams-
Patterns thin and sweet and small
As a lady's dreams.
"The Satin Dress" by Dorothy Parker
Only the serpent in the dust
Wriggling and crawling,
Grinned an evil grin and thrust
His tongue out with its fork.
"Eve" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
And now he sees, or thinks he sees
(His heart begins to pant)
A woman crawling on her knees,
Close to the Eagle's haunt.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
And even little
Stupid things that crawl
Among the reeds, deeming
That that is all,
Came a long weary way
To bid me home.
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
Who is it, when yo hooamward crawl,
Taks all yo have, an thinks it small;
Twice caants it, an says, "Is this all?"
A wife.
"A Wife [1]" by John Hartley

In news:

SWR Blog Crawl from Onely .
With her force-of-nature voice, Grace Potter has probably been drawing favorable comparisons to Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin since she could crawl.
Fort Ord Reuse Slowed to a Crawl, Part 1.
The neoprene pads ensure that baby will never pause mid-crawl and mutter crankily about his "trick knee.".
Earlie Delaney arrived too late to Tuesday's meeting of the Philippi City Council to be placed on the agenda, crawling in a few minutes after the meeting was called to order.
There was a giant slide made of dirt, tire climb and mud crawl to name a few.
Shops of midtown Zombie crawl.
Crawling Across Midtown, M50 Wins 2011 Pokey 'Award'.
IT began one morning 12 years ago, when Matthew, then 24, could barely crawl out of bed.
Dearth of plot points slows 'Man Push Cart' to a crawl.
The Wells Fargo Capitol Center in downtown Raleigh will be crawling with people this Saturday – on the outside.
As a bread rises in a mom kitchen in providence, a bsr internet is down and fixed, and another rat radio precariously crawls towards you, live from the frigid ghost of monday night.
In retirement, it's crawling along at a sluggish 2 mph, a pace that rush-hour commuters can sympathize with.
20 for 4 Tickets to the Red, White & Brew 4th of July Pub Crawl (reg.
Your crawling infant can help you out when you dress them in a "baby mop," which is basically a romper with mop heads attached to the arms and legs.
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In science:

Experimental Setup Our experiments ran on a scienti fic literature database with papers from DBLP1 and reference information crawled from Libra2 .
C-Rank: A Link-based Similarity Measure for Scientific Literature Databases
For experiments, we have built a database with real papers from DBLP and reference information crawled from Libra.
C-Rank: A Link-based Similarity Measure for Scientific Literature Databases
We could have iteratively crawled to get the citation list of the papers outside DBLP, but this would have required an exponentially increasing data collection time and we estimated that the amount of data already collected was sufficient to illustrate several real-life scenarios.
Publication Induced Research Analysis (PIRA) - Experiments on Real Data
Therefore, we crawl knowledge-bases, such as Wikipedia and take its full data dump via API service.
User Taglines: Alternative Presentations of Expertise and Interest in Social Media
The truth has been blocked again and again by the status quo, by the ”real world” preferring tales of stable knowledge to inquisitive minds learning to crawl across, and with, the doubt.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
We crawl Delicious to gather resources possibly relating to each seed.
Modeling Social Annotation: a Bayesian Approach
The architecture is inspired and the combination of focused web-crawling and regular web-harvesting.
Reverse method for labeling the information from semi-structured web pages
The focused web-crawling does not indiscriminately crawl the web pages like general purpose search engines, but attempts to download pages that are similar to each other .
Reverse method for labeling the information from semi-structured web pages
The resulted patterns can be used further to automatically extract the data from crawled targeted web pages.
Reverse method for labeling the information from semi-structured web pages
The architecture of ISI is inspired and the combination of focused web-crawling and regular web-harvesting.
Pattern discovery for semi-structured web pages using bar-tree representation
The focused web-crawling does not indiscriminately crawl the web pages like general purpose search engines, but attempts to download pages that are similar to each other .
Pattern discovery for semi-structured web pages using bar-tree representation
Comparing with the general purpose crawling , or even focused web-crawling , obviously ISI could retrieve the information more accurately due to its targeted contents and sources.
Pattern discovery for semi-structured web pages using bar-tree representation
It is done by executing the check procedure each time prior to the new crawling works to the same targeted web pages.
Pattern discovery for semi-structured web pages using bar-tree representation
The resulted patterns can be used further to automatically extract the data from crawled targeted web pages.
Pattern discovery for semi-structured web pages using bar-tree representation
Novak, “A survey of focused web crawling algorithms, ” in Conference on Data Mining and Warehouses, 2004. Z.
Pattern discovery for semi-structured web pages using bar-tree representation
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