Definitions

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

  • n. A large group of people gathered or crowded closely together; a multitude. See Synonyms at crowd1.
  • n. A large group of things; a host.
  • transitive v. To crowd into; fill: commuters thronging the subway platform.
  • transitive v. To press in on.
  • intransitive v. To gather, press, or move in a throng.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • Thickly crowded or set close together; thronged; crowded.
  • Much occupied or engaged; busy.
  • Preterit of thring.
  • n. A crowd or great concourse of people; a multitude, great in proportion to the space it occupies or can occupy.
  • n. A great number: as, the heavenly throng.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Synonyms Crowd, etc. See multitude.

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

  • v. press tightly together or cram
  • n. a large gathering of people

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English gethrang.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Among the figures in the throng was a young man named Robert Vaughn, who would go on to become a well-known actor in films and television.

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  • Lafayette on his white horse and a host of people of the slums, but this time in the midst of the throng was a great lumbering coach, in which rode Louis and his wife and children, for Paris now insisted that the court should no longer possess the freedom of Versailles in which to plot unwatched against the rights of the French people.

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  • Among the throng was a strong contingent of young men from Liskeard, a town three miles distant, between whom and the youth of Menheniot an ancient feud existed.

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  • As the hour for the arrival of the stage approached, the crowd massed in front of the hotel, filling the lobby, the arcade and the street, and still scattered through the throng were the men from the

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  • Near the outer edge of the throng was a red-lipped Juno, superbly rounded, who had gleaned in the fields until she was all a Gipsy brown, and her movements of a Gipsy grace in their freeness.

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  • Outside the throng was a carriage, stopp'd for a minute by this tumult, and a servant at the horses 'heads.

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