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the lair or shelter of a wild animal, especially a predatory mammal.
a room, often secluded, in a house or apartment, designed to provide a quiet, comfortable, and informal atmosphere for conversation, reading, writing, etc.
a cave used as a place of shelter or concealment.
a squalid or vile abode or place: dens of misery.
one of the units of a cub scout pack, analogous to a patrol in the Boy Scouts.
verb (used with object), denned, denning.
to drive or pursue (an animal) into its den.
to kill (an animal) inside its den.
verb (used without object), denned, denning.
to live in or as if in a den.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English denn; compare early Dutch denne floor, cave, den, German Tenne floor

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den (dɛn)
1.  the habitat or retreat of a lion or similar wild animal; lair
2.  a small or secluded room in a home, often used for carrying on a hobby
3.  a squalid or wretched room or retreat
4.  a site or haunt: a den of vice
5.  (Scot) a small wooded valley; dingle
6.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a place of sanctuary in certain catching games; home or base
vb , dens, denning, denned
7.  (intr) to live in or as if in a den
[Old English denn; related to Old High German tenni threshing floor, early Dutch denne low ground, den, cave]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. denn "wild animal's lair," from P.Gmc. *danjan. Sense of "small room" is 1771, originally colloquial.
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Medical Dictionary

dens (děnz)
n. pl. den·tes (děn'tēz')

  1. Tooth.

  2. A toothlike process projecting upward from the body of the axis around which the atlas rotates. Also called odontoid process of epistropheus.

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Bible Dictionary

Den definition

a lair of wild beasts (Ps. 10:9; 104:22; Job 37:8); the hole of a venomous reptile (Isa. 11:8); a recess for secrecy "in dens and caves of the earth" (Heb. 11:38); a resort of thieves (Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17). Daniel was cast into "the den of lions" (Dan. 6:16, 17). Some recent discoveries among the ruins of Babylon have brought to light the fact that the practice of punishing offenders against the law by throwing them into a den of lions was common.

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Example sentences
Pendleton was once a rough-and-tumble trading post with illicit underground
  bordellos and opium dens.
The dens or odontoid process exhibits a slight constriction or neck, where it
  joins the body.
The fox's feet are also effective shovels for frequent digging-fennec foxes
  live in underground dens.
Brown bears dig dens for winter hibernation, often holing up in a
  suitable-looking hillside.
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