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The Definition of - crawling (adverb)

    verb (used without object)
    1.
    to move in a prone position with the body resting on or close to the ground, as a worm or caterpillar, or on the hands and knees, as a young child.
    2.
    (of plants or vines) to extend tendrils; creep.
    3.
    to move or progress slowly or laboriously:
    The line of cars crawled behind the slow-moving truck. The work just crawled until we got the new machines.
    4.
    to behave in a remorseful, abject, or cringing manner:
    Don't come crawling back to me asking for favors.
    5.
    to be, or feel as if, overrun with crawling things:
    The hut crawled with lizards and insects.
    6.
    Ceramics. (of a glaze) to spread unevenly over the surface of a piece.
    7.
    (of paint) to raise or contract because of an imperfect bond with the underlying surface.
    verb (used with object)
    8.
    to visit or frequent a series of (especially bars):
    to crawl the neighborhood pubs.
    noun
    9.
    act of crawling; a slow, crawling motion.
    10.
    a slow pace or rate of progress:
    Traffic slowed to a crawl.
    11.
    Swimming. a stroke in a prone position, characterized by alternate overarm movements combined with the flutter kick.
    12.
    Television, Movies. titles that slowly move across a screen, providing information.

Word Example of - crawling

    Example Sentences for crawling

    "Oh, it was pretty windy," said Carl, crawling down and rubbing the kinks out of his arms.

    No, sir; they were crawling out from under the companion-way when I saw them.

    An armed man was crawling along the river bed, peering in all directions, and shouting out to his friends on the opposite bank.

    There's a female creeping and crawling about behind that there door.

    Beyond them here and there only he saw patches of crouching gray in the underbrush or crawling through the marshes.

    There are no females creeping and—and crawling about in this—this respectable house.

    Judy, crawling on all fours toward the closet, was about to conceal herself behind protecting skirts, when the rap was repeated.

    All at once the attention of the boy was called away from the crawling millions.

    On crawling into the hut and removing my boots, a sad sight was disclosed; but there was no present remedy.

    While I was finding them and then crawling out of them, my companion was catching fish.

Word Origin & History of - crawling

    Word Origin & History of crawling

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