crowd

Definitions

  • Crowded Out
    Crowded Out
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crowd to gather together in large numbers "men in straw boaters and waxed mustaches crowded the verandah"
    • v crowd cause to herd, drive, or crowd together "We herded the children into a spare classroom"
    • v crowd approach a certain age or speed "She is pushing fifty"
    • v crowd fill or occupy to the point of overflowing "The students crowded the auditorium"
    • n crowd a large number of things or people considered together "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers"
    • n crowd an informal body of friends "he still hangs out with the same crowd"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE AMONGST A CROWD OF FURIES." "I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE AMONGST A CROWD OF FURIES."
A couple preach to a crowd A couple preach to a crowd
On the Crowd Cheered On the Crowd Cheered
A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes A strange crowd of demons of all shapes and sizes
And, in a moment, the Blue Children were crowding round the tall old man And, in a moment, the Blue Children were crowding round the tall old man
Looking down at hold of a ship crowded with men Looking down at hold of a ship crowded with men
Crowd of people round a fortune teller Crowd of people round a fortune teller
Crowd for Guy Fawkes Crowd for Guy Fawkes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Singer Alice Cooper once had a live chicken thrown at him during a concert in Toronto. He threw the chicken back at the crowd and all the publicity surrounding the incident skyrocketed his singing career
    • Crowd A number of persons congregated or collected into a close body without order; a throng. "The crowd of Vanity Fair.""Crowds that stream from yawning doors."
    • Crowd A number of things collected or closely pressed together; also, a number of things adjacent to each other. "A crowd of islands."
    • n Crowd An ancient instrument of music with six strings; a kind of violin, being the oldest known stringed instrument played with a bow. "A lackey that . . . can warble upon a crowd a little."
    • Crowd The lower orders of people; the populace; the vulgar; the rabble; the mob. "To fool the crowd with glorious lies.""He went not with the crowd to see a shrine."
    • Crowd To fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity. "The balconies and verandas were crowded with spectators, anxious to behold their future sovereign."
    • v. t Crowd To play on a crowd; to fiddle. "Fiddlers, crowd on."
    • Crowd To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably.
    • Crowd To press or drive together; to mass together. "Crowd us and crush us."
    • Crowd To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng. "The whole company crowded about the fire.""Images came crowding on his mind faster than he could put them into words."
    • Crowd To push, to press, to shove.
    • Crowd To urge or press forward; to force one's self; as, a man crowds into a room.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Kim Basinger fears large crowds. She even locked herself in her house for 4 months, because of this fear.
    • crowd To push; force forward; shove; impel.
    • crowd To push or wheel in a wheelbarrow.
    • crowd To press close, or closely together; push or drive in; squeeze; cram: as, to crowd too much freight into a ship; to crowd many people into a small room.
    • crowd To fill to excess; occupy or pack with an unusual or inordinate number or quantity: as, the audience crowded the theater; to crowd a ship's hold.
    • crowd To throng about; press upon; press as by a multitude: as, we were most uncomfortably crowded.
    • crowd To encumber or annoy by multitudes or excess of numbers.
    • crowd To urge; press by solicitation; importune; annoy by urging: as, to crowd a debtor for immediate payment.
    • crowd To press in numbers; come together closely; swarm: as, the multitude crowded through the gate or into the room.
    • crowd To press forward; increase speed; advance pushingly, as against obstacles: as, to crowd into a full room, or into company.
    • n crowd A collection; a multitude; a large number of things collected or grouped together; a number of things lying near one another.
    • n crowd A large number of persons congregated together, or gathered into a close body without order; a throng.
    • n crowd Any group or company of persons: as, a jolly crowd.
    • n crowd People in general; the populace; the mass; the mob.
    • n crowd Same as crode.
    • n crowd Synonyms and Throng, etc. (see multitude), host, swarm, concourse, shoal.
    • n crowd An ancient Welsh and Irish musical instrument, the earliest known specimen of the viol class—that is, of stringed instruments played with a bow. It had a shallow rectangular body with two circular sound-holes, through one of which passed one foot of the bridge. The strings were perhaps only three at first, but in later times were six, of which two were played lutewise, by pinching or twitching. The tuning of the strings is disputed, but the compass of the instrument was probably from two to three octaves upward from about tenor G.
    • crowd To play on a crowd or fiddle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word constipation (con sta PAY shun) comes from a Latin word that means "to crowd together."
    • n Crowd krowd a number of persons or things closely pressed together, without order: the rabble: multitude
    • v.t Crowd to gather into a lump or crowd: to fill by pressing or driving together: to compress
    • v.i Crowd to press on: to press together in numbers: to swarm
    • n Crowd krowd (obs.) an ancient musical instrument of the nature of the violin
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Quotations

  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “Never give advice in a crowd.”
  • Evenus
    Evenus
    “The crowd gives the leader new strength”
  • Alice Meynell
    Alice Meynell
    “If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    Bernard%20M.%20Baruch
    “Never follow the crowd.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd.”
  • James Crook
    James Crook
    “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
W. crwth,; akin to Gael. cruit,. Perh. named from its shape, and akin to Gr. kyrto`s curved, and E. curve,. Cf. Rote
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
W. crwth, a hollow protuberance, a fiddle; Gael., Ir. cruit.

Usage

In literature:

All night long the crowd stood about the ruins of the bridge which had been swept away at Bolivar.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
I had hesitated to reply, thinking of the crowd by the door.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
When the crowd had thinned he came to her.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
If the islander was determined to crowd, he might as well crowd in the right direction.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
At length the mournful procession came through the crowd.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
He crowds to the front in everything, no matter whom he crowds out.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Going into town in a crowded tram is an amusement which quickly palls.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
On reaching Marseilles she found the city crowded.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The sect is a crowd, picked out and permanent; the crowd is a transitory sect which has not chosen its members.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
A crowd of men and women in bright silk tunics and satin gowns, laughing and chattering, brought up the rear.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
One of the 'riginal crowd that called the dump Hopeful, like enough.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
When I went out to find a restaurant I passed that crowd you see.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
Then we take our seats, and the train steams out of the station, leaving the crowd on the platform to scatter.
"Round the Wonderful World" by G. E. Mitton
They were crowding in this direction, coming to meet Gray Cloud and Iron Knife and Redbird.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The crowd of vehicles, the police holding them up where the roads intersected, impeded the advance.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
The gills are free, crowded.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Huge crowds have cheered Babberly for saying these moving words.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
The crowd of men around the camp-fire came running.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
What excited crowds fill the clubs, the Assembly, the Palais Royal, the gambling-houses, and the tumultuous faubourgs!
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
Then, as happened to the great Tartarin of Tarescon, wild beasts began to roar, and a crowd of little boys laughed.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
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In poetry:

"Deaf is he to world's tongue;
He scorneth for his song
The loud
Shouts of the crowd;
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
I have seen ships
With neither sail nor oar,
Crowd with their freights
From many a distant shore.
"I Have Seen" by Cicely Fox Smith
Twilight and ships crowd on
Into the road of the West,
After the sun where he shone
Reddening down to rest.
"Sundown" by Thomas MacDonagh
Oh! the horror of those moments;
Flames above and waves below--
Oh! the agony of ages
Crowded in one hour of woe.
"Our Hero" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
When Eve's wild children come to you
With prayerful words,
You crowd the rivers with fine fish,
The sky with birds.
"Christ's Bounty" by Anonymous Irish
He crowds his gentle wives aside
Or pecks them on the head;
Sometimes I think it would be best
If he were never fed.
"A Question" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

Corbin Bleu 's latest role isn't for the High School Musical crowd.
If things go poorly, you can always focus on ordering more food — or picking someone out of the crowd who looks like a more likely prospect.
A nice crowd came out to show support for our local musicians, and all four bands made it well worth the time invested.
But is there also a more chronic drag on the economy when the finance crowd gets too thick.
DONALD R SERFASS/TIMES NEWS A portion of the crowd at the Tamaqua Public Library on Thursday listens to an update on the status of a rare blood disease found in the local area in 2004.
Caroline Kennedy, right, and Hillary Clinton wave to the crowd following a campaign speech for Clinton's Senate race on Oct 17, 2000.
Back in June when tonight's 'CMA Music Festival' special was recorded, country star Jake Owen was barely a newlywed — but he still made time to stop by LP Field to sing 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' for the gigantic crowd.
From left, Columbia City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe and Vicki Hobbs listen as Jeff Chin reads the latest local election results to the crowd Tuesday at the Boone County Democrat Watch Party at The Blue Note .
A pioneer among online music stores, CDNow plays to a crowd with insightful recommendations, convenience and selection.
Bluebird sky greets opening day crowd at Loveland Ski Area.
Opening day skiers and riders say 'quality over quantity' of smaller crowds.
Many of the stores along Fifth Avenue were closed and already secured Sunday, in preparation for Hurricane Ivan, which left the normally crowded streets nearly empty.
Two people are dead and another is in critical condition after an early morning fire at a crowded boarding house in Pasadena on El Sereno Avenue.
Police officers inspect the remains of vehicles on Tuesday after an explosion ripped through a crowded area of Bogotá injuring at least 10 people according to the mayor's office.
Woods, Furyk counting on ' boisterous ' Ryder Cup crowd.
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In science:

The intermittent mergers scenario may get support from a recent paper by Loken, Melott, & Miller (1999), who find that cooling flow clusters with high mass accretion rates reside in more crowded environments.
A Moderate Cluster Cooling Flow Model
In this sense, the mountain-valley pattern is “crowded” and the mountains and valleys must “mingle” together.
When Can You Fold a Map?
However, incompletion caused by crowding make this a difficult measurement at the faint end of the mass function.
The Formation of Star Clusters
The photometry of the stars in the R14- and R12-regions is significantly affected by crowding, because they are located close to the center of M33.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
This increase is mainly due to the crowding problem in the inner regions of M33 with [Fe/H] > −0.7 dex.
Determination of the Distance to M33 Based on the Tip of the Red Giant Branch and the Red Clump
The magnitude limits for the B , V , and I filters are 25, 24, and 22, respectively, except for the inner crowded regions with very high surface brightness, where the limiting magnitudes can be 1 magnitude brighter.
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
We do not allow for much more reddened clusters, because these are located preferentially in the inner, crowded regions, where source identification is complicated.
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
The crowding towards x = 0 is shown by parallel line shading.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
Probably the most interesting aspect of the figure is the crowding together of the points as one approaches the x = 0 point.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
The shading at 0 represents the crowding of the points.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
The crowding of the lines towards the axes shows that points on the axes are accumulation points.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
The crowding towards the x = 0 and y = 0 axes is shown by parallel line shading.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
The values crowd toward the accumulation point at 0.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
A second problem occurs in crowded cluster cores.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
In order to monitor sufficient numbers of stars for successful planetary transit detection, a wide field needs to be combined with reasonably crowded star fields.
Results from the Wide Angle Search for Planets Prototype (WASP0) I: Analysis of the Pegasus Field
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