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 Lucas describes spending several minutes in a crawl space created for the same purpose by a reënactor. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 9 Mar. 2020 Bishop was eventually found wearing the woman’s heart-and-snowflake hooded onesie and hiding in a crawl space with the couple’s cat, Spaghetti. oregonlive, "Meth, bar beefs, bikini coffee beatdowns: 12 weird and wild Oregon crime stories in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 An hours-long police standoff outside a Salem home Saturday ended with a police dog nabbing a man who was hiding in a crawl space under the house after having fired gunshots outside the residence, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. oregonlive, "Police dog nabs man who fired gunshots, then hid under Salem home’s crawl space, police say," 19 Jan. 2020 One family recently fled a house where raw sewage had pooled in a crawl space beneath the kitchen. Sig Christenson,, "Air Force, firm to revamp mold-infested homes at San Antonio’s Randolph air base," 29 Nov. 2019 Officers found the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Christopher Martinez, hiding in a crawl space in the 1800 block of East 14th Street. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Suspect in stolen truck leads police on long Pueblo pursuit, including wrong way on I-25," 30 Oct. 2019 Danny’s wife, Smadar, hid in a crawl space in their apartment with their 2-year-old daughter, Yael. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, "How Arafat Eluded Israel’s Assassination Machine," 23 Jan. 2018 Over 12 songs, the pair challenges the rosy image set forth by American myths and politicians, instead vividly narrating from the country’s crawl spaces and secret passageways. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 10 Best Albums of 2019," 27 Nov. 2019 Those that survive swatting will congregate in an attic or crawl space and walls too. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Have you noticed flies swarming by your windows now that it’s getting cold? Here’s what’s going on.," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of crawl space

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crawl space was in 1946

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15 Mar 2020

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“Crawl space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crawl space

US : a space under the first floor or roof of a building that is not high enough to stand up in

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