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[denz] /dɛnz/
noun, plural dentes
[den-teez] /ˈdɛn tiz/ (Show IPA).
a tooth or toothlike part.
Origin of dens
< Latin dēns; see tooth


[den] /dɛn/
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dens
  • 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.
  • Opossums nest in tree holes or in dens made by other animals.
  • Honey badgers are known to take cheetah cubs out of dens, raptors out of nests.
  • It's flatter and more slender than those of other bears, all the better for thrusting into the dens and breathing holes of seals.
  • Highlights include dens, heated parking and storage, balconies with dual access and panoramic views of downtown.
  • Most dens have a large antechamber at the end of the main tunnel and several side tunnels.
  • Reuse of excavated dens is rare but does occasionally occur.
British Dictionary definitions for dens


the habitat or retreat of a lion or similar wild animal; lair
a small or secluded room in a home, often used for carrying on a hobby
a squalid or wretched room or retreat
a site or haunt: a den of vice
(Scot) a small wooded valley; dingle
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a place of sanctuary in certain catching games; home or base
verb dens, denning, denned
(intransitive) to live in or as if in a den
Word Origin
Old English denn; related to Old High German tenni threshing floor, early Dutch denne low ground, den, cave
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Word Origin and History for dens



Old English denn "wild animal's lair," from Proto-Germanic *danjan (cf. Middle Low German denne "lowland, wooded vale, den," Old English denu "valley," Old Frisian dene "down," Old High German tenni, German tenne "threshing floor," from PIE *dan- "low ground"). Sense of "small room" is 1771, originally colloquial.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dens in Medicine

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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Related Abbreviations for dens


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dens in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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