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creeping


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Creep  \Creep\  (kr[=e]p),  v.  t.  [imp.  {Crept}  (kr[e^]pt)  ({Crope} 
  (kr[=o]p),  Obs.);  p.  p.  {Crept};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Creeping}.] 
  [OE.  crepen,  creopen,  AS  cre['o]pan;  akin  to  D.  kruipen  G. 
  kriechen  Icel.  krjupa  Sw  krypa  Dan.  krybe  Cf  {Cripple}, 
  {Crouch}.] 
  1.  To  move  along  the  ground,  or  on  any  other  surface,  on  the 
  belly,  as  a  worm  or  reptile;  to  move  as  a  child  on  the 
  hands  and  knees;  to  crawl. 
 
  Ye  that  walk  The  earth,  and  stately  tread,  or  lowly 
  creep.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  move  slowly,  feebly,  or  timorously,  as  from 
  unwillingness,  fear,  or  weakness. 
 
  The  whining  schoolboy  .  .  .  creeping,  like  snail, 
  Unwillingly  to  school.  --Shak. 
 
  Like  a  guilty  thing  I  creep.  --Tennyson. 
 
  3.  To  move  in  a  stealthy  or  secret  manner;  to  move 
  imperceptibly  or  clandestinely;  to  steal  in  to  insinuate 
  itself  or  one's  self  as  age  creeps  upon  us 
 
  The  sophistry  which  creeps  into  most  of  the  books  of 
  argument.  --Locke. 
 
  Of  this  sort  are  they  which  creep  into  houses,  and 
  lead  captive  silly  women.  --2.  Tim.  iii. 
  6. 
 
  4.  To  slip,  or  to  become  slightly  displaced;  as  the 
  collodion  on  a  negative,  or  a  coat  of  varnish,  may  creep 
  in  drying;  the  quicksilver  on  a  mirror  may  creep. 
 
  5.  To  move  or  behave  with  servility  or  exaggerated  humility; 
  to  fawn;  as  a  creeping  sycophant. 
 
  To  come  as  humbly  as  they  used  to  creep.  --Shak. 
 
  6.  To  grow,  as  a  vine,  clinging  to  the  ground  or  to  some 
  other  support  by  means  of  roots  or  rootlets,  or  by 
  tendrils,  along  its  length.  ``Creeping  vines.''  --Dryden. 
 
  7.  To  have  a  sensation  as  of  insects  creeping  on  the  skin  of 
  the  body;  to  crawl;  as  the  sight  made  my  flesh  creep.  See 
  {Crawl},  v.  i.,  4. 
 
  8.  To  drag  in  deep  water  with  creepers,  as  for  recovering  a 
  submarine  cable. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Creeping  \Creep"ing\,  a. 
  1.  Crawling,  or  moving  close  to  the  ground.  ``Every  creeping 
  thing.''  --Gen.  vi  20. 
 
  2.  Growing  along  and  clinging  to  the  ground,  or  to  a  wall, 
  etc.,  by  means  of  rootlets  or  tendrils. 
 
  Casements  lined  with  creeping  herbs.  --Cowper. 
 
  {Ceeping  crowfoot}  (Bot.),  a  plant,  the  {Ranunculus  repens}. 
 
 
  {Creeping  snowberry},  an  American  plant  ({Chiogenes 
  hispidula})  with  white  berries  and  very  small  round  leaves 
  having  the  flavor  of  wintergreen. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  creeping 
  adj  :  moving  or  progressing  very  slowly  or  laboriously  especially 
  by  or  as  if  by  dragging  the  body  along  close  to  the 
  ground;  "a  riverbank  full  of  crawling  crocodiles";  "a 
  creeping  tractor"  [syn:  {crawling}] 
  n  :  a  slow  creeping  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}] 




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