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crowd1

[kroud] /kraʊd/
noun
1.
a large number of persons gathered closely together; throng:
a crowd of angry people.
2.
any large number of persons.
3.
any group or set of persons with something in common:
The restaurant attracts a theater crowd.
4.
audience; attendance:
Opening night drew a good crowd.
5.
the common people; the masses:
He feels superior to the crowd.
6.
a large number of things gathered or considered together.
7.
Sociology. a temporary gathering of people responding to common stimuli and engaged in any of various forms of collective behavior.
verb (used without object)
8.
to gather in large numbers; throng; swarm.
9.
to press forward; advance by pushing.
verb (used with object)
10.
to press closely together; force into a confined space; cram:
to crowd clothes into a suitcase.
11.
to push; shove.
12.
to fill to excess; fill by pressing or thronging into.
13.
to place under pressure or stress by constant solicitation:
to crowd a debtor for payment; to crowd someone with embarrassing questions.
Idioms
14.
crowd on sail, Nautical. to carry a press of sail.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English crowden, Old English crūden to press, hurry; cognate with Middle Dutch crūden to push (Dutch kruien)
Related forms
crowder, noun
Synonyms
1. Crowd, multitude, swarm, throng refer to large numbers of people. Crowd suggests a jostling, uncomfortable, and possibly disorderly company: A crowd gathered to listen to the speech. Multitude emphasizes the great number of persons or things but suggests that there is space enough for all: a multitude of people at the market on Saturdays. Swarm as used of people is usually contemptuous, suggesting a moving, restless, often noisy, crowd: A swarm of dirty children played in the street. Throng suggests a company that presses together or forward, often with some common aim: The throng pushed forward to see the cause of the excitement. 5. proletariat, plebeians, populace. 8. assemble, herd.
Usage note
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  • The crowding causes them to have a squarish shape rather than round.
British Dictionary definitions for crowding

crowd1

/kraʊd/
noun
1.
a large number of things or people gathered or considered together
2.
a particular group of people, esp considered as a social or business set: the crowd from the office
3.
  1. the crowd, the common people; the masses
  2. (as modifier): crowd ideas
4.
follow the crowd, to conform with the majority
verb
5.
(intransitive) to gather together in large numbers; throng
6.
(transitive) to press together into a confined space
7.
(transitive) to fill to excess; fill by pushing into
8.
(transitive) (informal) to urge or harass by urging
9.
(nautical) crowd on sail, to hoist as much sail as possible
Derived Forms
crowded, adjective
crowdedly, adverb
crowdedness, noun
crowder, noun
Word Origin
Old English crūdan; related to Middle Low German krūden to molest, Middle Dutch crūden to push, Norwegian kryda to swarm

crowd2

/kraʊd/
noun
1.
(music) an ancient bowed stringed instrument; crwth
Word Origin
C13: from Welsh crwth
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Word Origin and History for crowding

crowd

v.

Old English crudan "to press, crush." Cognate with Middle Dutch cruden "to press, push," Middle High German kroten "to press, oppress," Norwegian kryda "to crowd." Related: Crowded; crowding.

n.

1560s, from crowd (v.). The earlier word was press (n.).

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crowding in Medicine

crowding crowd·ing (krou'dĭng)
n.
A condition in which the teeth are crowded in the dental arch, assuming altered positions, as by overlapping and twisting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crowding

crowd

noun
  1. A group, faction, clique, etc: The Hip Sing and On Leong crowds (1840+)
  2. An audience: To watch Dick Enberg work the crowd (1863+)
Related Terms

go along with the crowd


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Idioms and Phrases with crowding
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