crouch

Definitions

  • The Crouch Oak, Addlestone
    The Crouch Oak, Addlestone
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crouch sit on one's heels "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting","The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm"
    • v crouch bend one's back forward from the waist on down "he crouched down","She bowed before the Queen","The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse"
    • n crouch the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body
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Additional illustrations & photos:

He crouched on his throne He crouched on his throne

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crouch To bend down; to stoop low; to lie close to the ground with the logs bent, as an animal when waiting for prey, or in fear. "Now crouch like a cur."
    • Crouch To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe. "A crouching purpose.""Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humor?"
    • Crouch To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear. "She folded her arms across her chest,
      And crouched her head upon her breast."
    • Crouch To sign with the cross; to bless.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crouch To bend; stoop low; lie or stoop close to the ground, as an animal in preparing to spring or from fear: as, a dog crouches to his master, a lion crouches in the thicket.
    • crouch To bow or stoop servilely; make slavish obeisance; fawn; cringe.
    • crouch To bend or cause to bend low, as if for concealment, or in fear or abasement.
    • n crouch A cross; a crucifix; the sign of the cross; the cross on a coin, or the coin itself. See cross, n.
    • crouch To sign with the cross; bless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Crouch krowch to squat or lie close to the ground: to cringe: to fawn.
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Quotations

  • George Earle Buckle
    George Earle Buckle
    “They that crouch to those who are above them, always trample on those who are below them.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door. It desires to have you, but you must master it. [Genesis 4:7]”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cruchen, crouchen, crouken,; cf. E. creep, G. krauchen, kriechen, or E. crook, to bend, also crouch, to cross
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Possibly crook.

Usage

In literature:

We crouched as far back into the doorway as we could get.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
The birds, the insects even, all life seemed to crouch, hushed and expectant.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
He sank down, crouching beside his fire.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
There they crouched down with their knees pulled up.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Behind her, crouching below the surface, I could distinguish two other forms.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
He drew closer to see a great, huddled, furry mass that crouched and cowered in a corner of the cage.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
And once Dick looked back and saw Fredegonde crouched in her cockpit with eyes wide with terror.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Grim and Wat crouched low.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
Lance crouched instinctively and crept forward.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
He landed tense and crouching, and his voice was hoarse with excitement when he spoke.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

"The hare is crouching in her form,
The hard beside the hind;
An aged man, amid the storm,
No shelter can I find.
"The Palmer" by Sir Walter Scott
Strife crouch'd red ey'd in the vine
In its tendrils Eros strayed;
Anger rode upon the wine;
Laughter on the cup-lip play'd.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
But to Christ lord of thunder
Crouch; lay knee by earth low under:
'Holiest, loveliest, bravest,
Save my hero, O Hero savest.
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
He crouches like a passive sphinx before
Some temple-gate, or grinning, moves to grant
Thine entrance at the monarch's golden door.
"The Chimera" by Clark Ashton Smith
Did giant Lizards come and crouch before you
on the reedy banks?
Did Gryphons with great metal flanks leap on
you in your trampled couch?
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
But save the unseen source be stirred,
The happy numbers will not flow:
Then one is like a songless bird
That crouches in the drifted snow.
"The Silent Muse" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Award honors helmer's body of work, including "Brokeback Mountain," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and most recently "Life Of Pi.
As West Ham 's defenders focused on Crouch, Walters ran into space behind him and smashed Whelan's low drive from a corner first time into the net.
Crouch worried he'd look like Joe Jordan.
Two of Peter Crouch's teeth came out in his hand against Newcastle last week.
Sunday morning, when my congregation began singing Andrae Crouch's song "Bless the Lord," my mind wasn't on the song so much as it was on Baton Rouge.
For nearly 45 terrifying minutes, Katie O'Rourke sat crouched inside a darkened, second-floor treatment room, with no windows, whispering to a 911 operator on her cellphone.
A Conversation On Sound With Isis ' Aaron Turner, William Fowler Collins, Artist Steve Roden, and Curator Robert Crouch.
Ten girls comprise this year's Morris Daily Herald All-Area Girls Cross Country team, including Runner of the Year in Minooka's Morgan Crouch.
The Washington Post) Late on a November afternoon in 1944, 19-year-old Jack Faulconer of Washington crouched in a trench in the Saar Valley of France.
Donia Caspersen Crouch The Port Arthur News.
Lawrence Crouch appeared in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.
Ochs ' tackle of Crouch is Big 12's No 16 moment.
Linked elbow to elbow, 30 young boys, teenagers and men crouched down and swayed — Ohio State football style.
When she crouched down to engage the crowd a second time, she lost her footing and fell over.
'Life of Pi' brings crouching tiger, hidden parable .
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In science:

Crouch. A p* primer: logit models for social networks.
Mixing time of exponential random graphs
Anderson CJ, Wasserman S, Crouch B (1999) A p* primer: logit models for social networks.
Exponential random graph models
Still, maybe those earlier HI observations were just not sensitive enough and maybe there were crouching giants below our flux limits.
Conference Summary: Mapping the Hidden Universe
Bogdan et al. 1996; Cally & Bogdan 1997; Cally et al. 2003; Crouch et al. 2005; Cally 2007) that have consistently emphasized the need for more sophisticated modeling and interpretation of wave propagation in strongly magnetized regions.
Numerical Models of Travel-Time Inhomogeneities in Sunspots
Disney, M., Phillips,S. (1987) Icebergs and crouching giants.
FACTS AND IDEAS IN MODERN COSMOLOGY
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