Definition of crawler in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɔːlə/


1A thing that crawls or moves at a slow pace, especially an insect: the light bulb was a magnet for moths and many-legged crawlers
More example sentences
  • All stages of the insect, except the crawler and the adult male, secrete a covering that lies over its dorsum for protection.
  • An insecticide can be used to kill crawlers once they are detected.
  • Contact insecticide sprays will not reach crawlers that have settled under old scales.
1.1A tractor or other vehicle moving on an endless caterpillar track: the crawlers move space shuttles to the launch pads [as modifier]: a crawler excavator
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  • Table 4 gives examples of time needed to clear land using two different sizes of crawler tractors.
  • An example of a ‘group’ linked cost is the cost of providing crawler lanes for heavy vehicles.
  • The crawler lane is intended to be a safety feature.
2 Computing A program that systematically browses the World Wide Web in order to create an index of data.
Example sentences
  • Search engine crawlers will crawl web pages periodically for updated contents.
  • Might search engines employing crawlers drop free listings altogether to concentrate on paid inclusion programs?
  • Wouldn't it be nice to be able to leave some code in your web site to tell the search engine spider crawlers to make your site number one?
3British informal A person who behaves obsequiously in the hope of gaining favour: her pleading tone surprised herself, she was no crawler

Words that rhyme with crawler

brawler, caller, drawler, faller, forestaller, hauler, installer, mauler, Paula, stonewaller, trawler

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