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Definition of crawl noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[singular] a very slow speed The traffic slowed to a crawl.
  2. 2the crawl [singular, uncountable] a fast swimming stroke that you do lying on your front moving one arm over your head, and then the other, while kicking with your feet a swimmer doing the crawl He struck out across the pool in a powerful crawl.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: crawl