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 Cover Vulnerable Areas of the Home The Mercury News suggests getting plywood, duct tape, and plastic sheeting and using it cover spots like a vent, window wells, the lower part of a sliding-glass door, or a crawl space. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 5 Jan. 2023 The crawl space was littered with feces, dead rodents, and mold. Vivi Smilgius,, 11 Apr. 2023 And he’s been teaching humans about boundaries too, warning against hand-feeding, leaving out open containers or keeping crawl spaces exposed. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Photos reveal paint peeling from walls, missing drywall in several rooms, a hole in the floor exposing the crawl space, and overgrown weeds and bushes. Brendel Hightower, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2023 Mildew and mold are incredibly common, popping their unwanted selves into bathrooms, crawl spaces, and basements. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 7 Aug. 2023 Keep house vents clear of debris, and install one-eighth-inch metal mesh screening to prevent embers from making their way in through eaves, soffits, crawl space vents and under decks. Jeastman, oregonlive, 11 Sep. 2023 There's a reason old paint cans (from both current and previous homeowners) tend to pile up in garages, basements, and crawl spaces. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, 29 Aug. 2023 Officers found his body wrapped in a sheet and stuffed in a crawl space of his attic. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 1 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crawl space was in 1946

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Cite this Entry

“Crawl space.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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