|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]|
n. pl. den·tes (děn'tēz')
A toothlike process projecting upward from the body of the axis around which the atlas rotates. Also called odontoid process of epistropheus.
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.