from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large group of people gathered or crowded closely together; a multitude. synonym: crowd.
  • noun A large group of things; a host.
  • intransitive verb To crowd into; fill.
  • intransitive verb To press against in large numbers.
  • intransitive verb To gather, press, or move in a throng.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Preterit of thring.
  • Thickly crowded or set close together; thronged; crowded.
  • Much occupied or engaged; busy.
  • noun A crowd or great concourse of people; a multitude, great in proportion to the space it occupies or can occupy.
  • noun A great number: as, the heavenly throng.
  • noun A busy period, great press of business, or the time when business is most active: as, the throng of the harvest; he called just in the throng.
  • noun Synonyms Crowd, etc. See multitude.
  • To come (or go) in multitudes; press eagerly in crowds; crowd.
  • To crowd or press; press unduly upon, as a crowd or multitude of people anxious to view something.
  • To crowd into; fill as or as with a crowd.
  • To fill or stuff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To crowd together; to press together into a close body, as a multitude of persons; to gather or move in multitudes.
  • transitive verb To crowd, or press, as persons; to oppress or annoy with a crowd of living beings.
  • transitive verb To crowd into; to fill closely by crowding or pressing into, as a hall or a street.
  • noun A multitude of persons or of living beings pressing or pressed into a close body or assemblage; a crowd.
  • noun A great multitude.
  • adjective Obs. or Prov. Eng. Thronged; crowded; also, much occupied; busy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A group of people crowded or gathered closely together; a multitude.
  • noun A group of things; a host or swarm.
  • verb transitive To crowd into a place, especially to fill it.
  • verb intransitive To congregate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb press tightly together or cram
  • noun a large gathering of people


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English gethrang.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English þrang, ġeþrang ("crowd, press, tumult"), from Proto-Germanic *þrangwan, *þrangwō (“throng”), *þrangwaz (“push, drive”), from Proto-Indo-European *trenk(w)- (“to beat, hew, press”). Cognate with Dutch drang ("urge, push, impulse"), German Drang ("urge, drive, impulse"), Danish trang ("urge"), Norwegian trong ("need"), Icelandic þröng ("narrow, tightly pressed, crowd, throng"). Probably related to Albanian drojë ("fear, fear of the crowd") and to drang ("huge rod, pole, oar"). More at thring.


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