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English definition of “crawl”

crawl

verb [I]  /krɔl/ us  

crawl verb [I] (MOVE)

to move slowly with the body stretched out along the ground or (of a human) on hands and knees: a caterpillar crawling in the grass The child crawled across the floor. fig. The train crawled slowly through the night.

crawl

noun  /krɔl/ us  

crawl noun (SWIMMING)

[U] a way of swimming fast by lying with your chest down, kicking your legs, and raising first one arm then the other out of the water to move yourself forward

crawl noun (MOVEMENT)

[C usually sing] a very slow rate of speed: Traffic slowed to a crawl (= a very slow speed).
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