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 for crawl
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crawl \Crawl\ (kr?l), n.
     The act or motion of crawling; slow motion, as of a creeping
     animal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crawl \Crawl\, n. [Cf. Kraal.]
     A pen or inclosure of stakes and hurdles on the seacoast, for
     holding fish.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Crawl \Crawl\ (kr[add]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crawled
     (kr[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Crawling.] [Dan. kravle, or
     Icel. krafla, to paw, scrabble with the hands; akin to Sw.
     kr[aum]la to crawl; cf. LG. krabbeln, D. krabbelen to
     scratch.]
     1. To move slowly by drawing the body along the ground, as a
        worm; to move slowly on hands and knees; to creep.
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              A worm finds what it searches after only by feeling,
              as it crawls from one thing to another. --Grew.
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     2. Hence, to move or advance in a feeble, slow, or timorous
        manner.
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              He was hardly able to crawl about the room.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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              The meanest thing that crawl'd beneath my eyes.
                                                    --Byron.
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     3. To advance slowly and furtively; to insinuate one's self;
        to advance or gain influence by servile or obsequious
        conduct.
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              Secretly crawling up the battered walls. --Knolles.
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              Hath crawled into the favor of the king. --Shak.
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              Absurd opinions crawl about the world. --South.
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     4. To have a sensation as of insect creeping over the body;
        as, the flesh crawls. See Creep, v. i., 7.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  crawl
      n 1: a very slow movement; "the traffic advanced at a crawl"
      2: a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead
         accompanied by a flutter kick [syn: crawl, front crawl,
         Australian crawl]
      3: 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" [syn: crawl, crawling,
         creep, creeping]
      v 1: move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body
           near the ground; "The crocodile was crawling along the
           riverbed" [syn: crawl, creep]
      2: feel as if crawling with insects; "My skin crawled--I was
         terrified"
      3: be full of; "The old cheese was crawling with maggots"
      4: show submission or fear [syn: fawn, crawl, creep,
         cringe, cower, grovel]
      5: swim by doing the crawl; "European children learn the breast
         stroke; they often don't know how to crawl"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  169 Moby Thesaurus words for "crawl":
     Australian crawl, abound, all fours, amble, andante, aquaplaning,
     aquatics, backstroke, balneation, bathe, bathing, bend the knee,
     blister, bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, breaststroke, butterfly,
     castigate, claudicate, claudication, couch, cower, crawling, creep,
     creeping, cringe, crouch, dead march, diving, dog paddle, dogtrot,
     drag, drag along, drag on, drag out, edge, excoriate, fawn,
     feel creepy, feel funny, fin, fishtail, flapper, flatter, flay,
     flipper, floating, flow, footpace, funeral march, go dead slow,
     go on, go on tiptoe, go slow, grovel, gumshoe, gumshoeing,
     have gooseflesh, have the creeps, hobble, hug the earth, idle,
     inch, inch along, jog, jog trot, jog-trot, kneel, kowtow, lay,
     laze, leisurely gait, lick the dust, lickspittle, lie, lie down,
     lie flat, lie limply, lie low, lie prone, lie prostrate, lie under,
     limp, linger, linger on, loll, lounge, lumbering pace,
     mincing steps, mosey, natation, nightwalk, nightwalking, pad,
     padding, plod, poke, poke along, prowl, prowling, pullulate,
     pussyfoot, pussyfooting, rack, recline, repose, roast, saunter,
     scathe, scorch, scrabble, scramble, shamble, shuffle,
     shuffle along, sidestroke, sidle, sidling, slam, slide, slink,
     slinking, slouch, slow march, slow motion, snake, snaking, sneak,
     sneaking, sprawl, squat, squirm, stagger along, steal, steal along,
     stealing, stoop, stroll, surfboarding, surfing, swarm, swim,
     swimming, tarry, teem, tippytoe, tiptoe, tiptoeing, toadeat, toady,
     toddle, toddle along, totter along, traipse, treading water,
     truckle, trudge, underlie, waddle, wading, walk, waterskiing,
     wear on, wiggle, worm, worm along, worming, wriggle
  
  

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