crouch

1. verb /kraʊʧ/
a) 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.

We crouched behind the low wall until the squad of soldiers had passed by.

b) To bend servilely; to stoop meanly; to fawn; to cringe.

Archer and Jacob jumped up from behind the mound where they had been crouching with the intention of springing upon their mother unexpectedly, and they all began to walk slowly home.

2. noun /kraʊʧ/
a) A bent or stooped position.

The cat waited in a crouch, hidden behind the hedge.

b) 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.

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