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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Yanto crouched down and peered under the wagon.
▪ Not crouched down into the starting blocks with her fingertips pressed so lightly on to the oven red brick track.
▪ She clambered over the side of the last truck and crouched down out of sight.
▪ In mid-sentence, they halt, then bend or crouch down and bury their noses in the clusters of blossoms.
▪ Pausing outside his living room door, he switched on the hall light and crouched down on his knees.
▪ Well, anyway, you see old Arthur there crouch down, muscles quivering.
▪ Culley had climbed a small bluff and crouched down on his heels to clear the skyline.
▪ Sailing inside the Boom By crouching down, you can rise up inside the boom and rest your back on it.
▪ A man, his face washed in an eerie red glow, was crouched over a fruit-machine.
▪ Left alone, Breeze crouched over the dying embers and tried to realize that this was Christmas Eve.
▪ I pictured nocturnal gamblers crouching over their cards, sleepless lovers writing letters, nurses sitting by the beds of invalids.
▪ Vron crouched over a flat mirror.
▪ A man was crouching over her, a knife in his hand.
▪ She crouched over the bag, untied the knotted corners and peered in.
▪ He moved closer, crouching over the boy.
▪ When he looked again he saw a black shape on the ground, another black shape crouching over it.
▪ It was a bad moment as she crouched there, looking at him.
▪ It crouched there, as snug as a contented cat, catching the sunshine full on its face.
▪ Waiting for me down on the sands - a great hulking shape, crouching there, darker than darkness.
▪ Well, anyway, you see old Arthur there crouch down, muscles quivering.
▪ The floor was hard and cold and her knees throbbed with pain, but still she crouched there.
▪ As he screamed, the fleshless man climbed on to his chest and crouched there, the wizened head darting to his throat.
▪ And then Murtach was crouched there naked in the night, watching him.
▪ He had a heavy-shouldered hunched look, as if he were crouching there as he lay.
▪ The mad girl crouching in the corner with her frock up and the unforgivable substance coming from her mouth.
▪ He just crouches on the corner at lunchtime and occasionally bays, like a wolf or coyote.
▪ Mortimer crouched at the corner of the short tunnel through which Benny had entered the previous day.
▪ Pausing outside his living room door, he switched on the hall light and crouched down on his knees.
▪ Tony Angotti crouched so quickly his knees popped.
▪ Prunella crouched on elbows and knees, offering herself to him again.
▪ Loi and Trondur spent wet hour after wet hour crouched on their knees, trying to refasten the bamboos.
▪ The figure was hooded, the head crouched low over its knees.
▪ A man was crouching over her, a knife in his hand.
▪ The pool man was crouching beside the water, one of those men with blond hair and muscles.
▪ After many days there was a movement behind her and she turned to see a strange-shaped man, crouching, watching.
▪ Pushing the hair from her eyes, she sat up, staring at the man crouched down beside the fire.
▪ Two elderly men were crouched over a naked girl who was strapped face down to some form of wooden rack.
▪ The man ran crouching, hands on his face, into a wall and collapsed.
▪ He was confronted by the 70-year-old owner who found him as he crouched on the stairs.
▪ Some of the trainees, including Jones, found the female private crouched on the floor, shaking.
▪ I climbed it in the dark, found Janir and crouched on the mat beside him.
▪ A black cat crouched in the corner.
▪ I crouched behind a bush as the soldiers marched by.
▪ The plumber crouched down and looked under the sink.
▪ There were six people in the clearing, crouching around the campfire.
▪ I crouched beside him and looked into his wild eyes.
▪ I gestured to the remaining woodchuck to crouch.
▪ In the surrounding debris of apartment blocks more militia would be crouched, forming the outer defence ring of the beleaguered stronghold.
▪ Leif, the beggar, was crouched in the inglenook, stuffing his mouth full of richly sauced venison.
▪ The sparrows in the ploughland were crouching in terror of the kestrel.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Crouch \Crouch\ (krouch; 129), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Crouched (kroucht); p. pr. & vb. n. Crouching.] [OE. cruchen, crouchen, crouken; cf. E. creep, G. krauchen, kriechen, or E. crook to bend, also crouch to cross.]

  1. To bend down; to stoop low; to lie close to the ground with the logs bent, as an animal when waiting for prey, or in fear.

    Now crouch like a cur.
    --Beau. & Fl.

  2. To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe. ``A crouching purpose.''

    Must I stand and crouch Under your testy humor?


Crouch \Crouch\, v. t. [OE. cruchen, crouchen, from cruche, crouche, cross. Cf. Crosier, Crook.]

  1. To sign with the cross; to bless. [Obs.]

  2. To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear.

    She folded her arms across her chest, And crouched her head upon her breast.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., probably from Old French crochir "become bent, crooked," from croche "hook" (see crochet). Related: Crouched; crouching. As a noun, from 1590s.


Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) A cross. vb. (context obsolete English) To sign with the cross; bless. Etymology 2

n. 1 A bent or stooped position. 2 A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to crouch. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To bend down; to stoop low; to lie close to the ground with legs bent, as an animal when waiting for prey, or in fear. 2 (context intransitive English) To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe. 3 (context intransitive English) To bend, or cause to bend, as in humility or fear.

  1. n. the act of bending low with the limbs close to the body

  2. v. bend one's back forward from the waist on down; "he crouched down"; "She bowed before the Queen"; "The young man stooped to pick up the girl's purse" [syn: stoop, bend, bow]

  3. sit on one's heels; "In some cultures, the women give birth while squatting"; "The children hunkered down to protect themselves from the sandstorm" [syn: squat, scrunch, scrunch up, hunker, hunker down]

Crouch, ID -- U.S. city in Idaho
Population (2000): 154
Housing Units (2000): 83
Land area (2000): 0.419886 sq. miles (1.087500 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.419886 sq. miles (1.087500 sq. km)
FIPS code: 19720
Located within: Idaho (ID), FIPS 16
Location: 44.115496 N, 115.972536 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Crouch, ID

Crouch is a family name.

Crouch (disambiguation)

Crouch is a family name. It can also be an action (verb), meaning to duck or squat

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Usage examples of "crouch".

From where Iain crouched among the trees, he could see no difference between allowing the Abenaki to kill the lass and killing her himself.

As he crouched in hiding among the unkempt shrubbery which so short a while since had been the delight and pride of the wife he no longer recalled, an Arab and an Abyssinian wheeled their mounts close to his position as they slashed at each other with their swords.

Only once did Brant look back at the crouching monster, whose agelong vigil was now drawing to its close.

Rostow, Mac, Bundy and Hot Stick were standing by with their weapons pointed at the congregation of Aguaruna as casually as it could be done without being rude, trying to provide comfort for Felix, who crouched next to the Stele, perspiring heavily over a soldering iron, a converter and a picnic cooler full of two dozen size-D batteries.

Fedafer of Ourdh, lord of the well-watered land, master of the great river, provider for the mouths of the millions, favored first son of Auros, living consort of Gingo-La, august excellence of the south wind, bringer of rain, sower of seed, king of Ajmer, king of Bogra, king of Patwa, high lord of Shogemessar, Emperor Banwi the Great, was crouched, shivering with fear, on a blue silk couch in the apartment of his Aunt Haruma.

Daulo and Akim left, she crouched down against the building and made a more leisurely scan of the area.

Like stones falling into water, the Alabamians crouched way down, where they were hidden by the cornstalks.

Judging his distance the anchorman crouched, then leapt onto the jetty, wrapping his rope round a bollard while the oarsmen backed water.

The three bandits, Alexandre, Richard, and Alfred, who had been crouching low, sprang forward and threw themselves upon Madame Angelin with such hungry, wolfish violence that she was thrown to the ground.

Nom Anor studied this image with a certain satisfaction, as did Vergere, who crouched on the chamber floor beyond the viewspider.

He threw another blazebomb into the ranks and it blew as he crouched, ants flying everywhere but still more and more from the cube in the sand, globular eyes, and he aimed more carefully and missed too much adrenalin but the next bomb flew true with a slight arcing trajectory only meters above their heads and down into them and right into the mouth of the cube, right on the upward sloping ramp, and blew just right.

Gwen had been crouching in front of the high chair, trying without much success to coax some applesauce into Tess.

He had looked twice at Aspar where he crouched in a brake of ferns, but gave no indication of having seen him.

He stood in a balanced partial crouch, alert, pliant, with his arms partly extended and his baton, a light, slender wand of nightflower wood with a cup-shaped hilt of basketwork at one end, resting across them.

Not all the passengers possessed the necessary spirit to crouch out on the beakhead of the ship and perform their necessary functions there, with the warm sea lapping at their arse.