crawl space


Definition of crawl space

: a shallow unfinished space beneath the first floor or under the roof of a building especially for access to plumbing or wiring

Examples of crawl space in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police said Baron pulled back a metal plate under a bench inside a Greyhound bus bound for Mexico and was hiding in the crawl space. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2022 The remains of Alexander were among 26 sets that police found in the crawl space under Gacy’s home in 1978. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 21 Apr. 2022 Your garage is fine as long as the skis aren’t near leaks or in a crawl space that heats up more than a normal room. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2017 Is there a layer of plastic on the soil floor of your crawl space? oregonlive, 10 Jan. 2022 The tracking dog alerted handlers that the suspect was in the crawl space. Carol Robinson |, al, 6 Mar. 2022 But three dolls in the exhibition can be attributed to Harriet Jacobs, a writer and abolitionist who spent seven years hiding in a three-foot-tall attic crawl space to evade her abusive enslaver. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2022 Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Leada Gore |, al, 20 Jan. 2022 Officials caution against using one inside a house, basement, or crawl space and recommend placing a generator 5 to 10 feet away from the house., 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of crawl space

1946, in the meaning defined above

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crawl space

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9 May 2022

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“Crawl space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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