crawl Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "crawl" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

crawlverb [I]

 us   /krɔl/

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.

crawlnoun

 us   /krɔl/

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).
(Definition of crawl from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of crawl?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “crawl”

Definitions of “crawl” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
lap

to go past someone in a race who has been round the track one less time than you

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More