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
- 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.
- adj. Thronged; crowded; also, much occupied; busy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. press tightly together or cram
- n. a large gathering of people
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)