huddle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v huddle crowd or draw together "let's huddle together--it's cold!"
    • v huddle crouch or curl up "They huddled outside in the rain"
    • n huddle (informal) a quick private conference
    • n huddle a disorganized and densely packed crowd "a huddle of frightened women"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.
    • n Huddle A crowd; a number of persons or things crowded together in a confused manner; tumult; confusion. "A huddle of ideas."
    • Huddle To crowd (things) together to mingle confusedly; to assemble without order or system. "Our adversary, huddling several suppositions together, . . . makes a medley and confusion."
    • Huddle To do, make, or put, in haste or roughly; hence, to do imperfectly; -- usually with a following preposition or adverb; as, to huddle on; to huddle up; to huddle together. "Huddle up a peace.""Let him forescat his work with timely care,
      Which else is huddled when the skies are fair."
      "Now, in all haste, they huddle on
      Their hoods, their cloaks, and get them gone."
    • v. i Huddle To press together promiscuously, from confusion, apprehension, or the like; to crowd together confusedly; to press or hurry in disorder; to crowd. "The cattle huddle d on the lea.""Huddling together on the public square . . . like a herd of panic-struck deer."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The football huddle started at Gallaudet University (the world's only accredited four-year liberal arts college for the deaf) in the 19th century when the football team found that opposing teams were reading their signed messages and intercepting their plays.
    • huddle To throw together in confusion; crowd together without order.
    • huddle To perform in haste and disorder; put together or produce in a hurried manner: often with up, over, or together.
    • huddle To put on in haste and disorder, as clothes: usually with on.
    • huddle To hush (up).
    • huddle To embrace.
    • huddle To crowd; press together promiscuously; press or hurry in disorder.
    • huddle In the University of Cambridge, to keep an act in a perfunctory manner, requiring no study, in order that the necessary oath may be taken.
    • n huddle A number of persons or things thrown together without rule or order; a confused crowd or cluster; a jumble.
    • n huddle A winning cast at shovel-board.
    • n huddle An old decrepit person.
    • n huddle A list.
    • huddle Confused; jumbled.
    • huddle In disorder; confusedly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Huddle hud′l to put up things confusedly: to hurry in disorder: to crowd
    • v.t Huddle to throw or crowd together in confusion: to put on hastily
    • n Huddle a crowd: tumult: confusion
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Quotations

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    “White man builds big fire, stands back. Indian builds little fire, huddles close”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. hoderen, hodren, to cover, keep, warm; perh. akin to OE. huden, hiden, to hide, E. hide, and orig. meaning, to get together for protection in a safe place. Cf. Hide to conceal

Usage

In literature:

Beside him sat Aura and Loto, huddled close together.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
So Jim and I huddled up to keep warm, and let her drift.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
A line of porters with their burdens were huddled in one of the trails awaiting developments.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
Before this door the shadows halted, huddled together.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
Huddled in a heap, with a brand of black searing her forehead.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
The men lit their pipes, while the boys huddled close together and had little to say.
"Klondike Nuggets" by E. S. Ellis
Instinctively they had huddled together in the center of the room.
"Breaking Point" by James E. Gunn
I should prefer the worst huddle of a Chinese city, I verily believe.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
He saw the younger lad huddling down by the south-western corner of the club-house.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Mad with rage they kicked and beat and tore at FitzPatrick's huddled form long after consciousness had left it.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
Around every huddle a black figure circled, staff in hand, hushing wakeful disturbers into peace.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
At least a dozen British dead lay at intervals huddled against the sides of the road.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
The city had dwindled into a huddle of streets.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Babs huddled with white horrified face, staring.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
One afternoon Moya and Joyce rode out from the canon where the ugly little town lay huddled and followed the road down into the foothills.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Men in larrigans and leggings were huddled round the stove, for the autumn crispness comes early in the mountains.
"The Rainy Day Railroad War" by Holman Day
We were all huddled close together.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Two men lay huddled in the cabin, a third was staggering away with both hands clapped to his head.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
The slaves all round the room were trembling with fear; Hun Rhavas, huddled under the couch, was shaking like a leaf.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
She was swathed in blankets and was huddled in a big chair; her face was wan and her eyes showed her weariness.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
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In poetry:

Another guest outside's the wind.
At night, it huddled close to us.
It's shivering-at dawn, it rained.
Let life be just as fresh as this.
"Fiat" by Boris Pasternak
Through that rain beating on my face
I see the huddled shape of days
That wandered with me in this place,
But lost their old and friendly ways.
"Return in Autumn" by Paul Engle
Blow, blow your trumpets till they crack,
Ye little men of little souls!
And bid them huddle at your back -
Gold-sucking leeches, shoals on shoals!
"Fame's Penny-Trumpet" by Lewis Carroll
On nights like this the huddled sheep
Are like white clouds upon the grass,
And merry herdsmen guard their sleep
And chat and watch the big stars pass.
"The Fourth Shepherd" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
Dim shadows in the corner hide;
The glimmering lantern's rays are shed
Where one young lamb just lifts his head,
Then huddles 'gainst his mother's side.
"The Christmas Silence" by Margaret Deland
We huddled there together all that night,
Women and men from the wild Town;
I heard a shrill voice cry, "We all are up,
But some—ye have forgot—are down!"
"Stronger Than Death" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

Sansevere's Huddle : AP the MVP will lead Vikings to the playoffs -- maybe.
Nicole Strik (middle), Mary Monagle and Lindsee Allienello and the Townies huddle before the match.
No progress reported after New Jersey huddle .
Rio Hondo Defense Shuts Down Lyford's No- Huddle Spread.
Inside Aaron Rodgers' mind during a huddle .
During a live Q&A interview with the Post-Crescent, Green Bay Quarterback Aaron Rodgers explains what is going through his mind during a huddle .
Outside the Hulu Huddle .
SC leaders to huddle with Moody's over debt rating.
12-year-old Christopher Edwards of Royston is the founder of the " Huddle up for Heroes" program and was the guest speaker at the monthly veterans' coffee at the historic train depot in downtown Toccoa.
John Clayton takes you inside the huddle to see Megatron Johnson, Green-Ellis, the Class of 2012 rookie QBs and some trouble in the kicking game.
Huddle House on State Road HH in Fulton will be closing Friday.
Geithner to huddle with Hill leaders.
Kansas center Jeff Withey, left, and the Jayhawks huddle with head coach Bill Self during a timeout late in the second half on Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Molly Huddle is interviewed after beind inducted into the Chemung County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.
This week Media Week brings you the viewpoints and opinions from Mindshare Huddle , where media owners including Spotify, News International and Facebook gathered to discuss the future of the industry.
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In science:

Their Eddington ratios huddle near the 10−2 level, being generally weak when compared to the luminous quasars, and among the strongest LLAGN.
Probing the Balance of AGN and Star-Forming Activity in the Local Universe with ChaMP
There are clearly two or more types of such huddles.
Astrophysics in 2005
No we do not all huddle around a single computer at ESAC but we have taken some useful ideas from the eXtreme programming field such as presented by Beck 1999.
ECSS in the eXtreme
Therefore the absor bers effectively huddle around the edges of the HII regions.
The distribution of Lyman-limit absorption systems during and after reionization
In line with the intuition described above, one is led to think about emperor penguins which huddle together in large groups on the Antarctic ice during the winter in order to conserve heat (see ); the penguins take turns to be on the outside of the group where it is coldest and they need to use up more energy.
Heuristic and computer calculations for the magnitude of metric spaces
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