• WordNet 3.6
    • v throng press tightly together or cram "The crowd packed the auditorium"
    • n throng a large gathering of people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Throng A great multitude; as, the heavenly throng . "So, with this bold opposer rushes on
      This many-headed monster, multitude ."
      "Not to know me argues yourselves unknown,
      The lowest of your throng ."
      "I come from empty noise, and tasteless pomp,
      From crowds that hide a monarch from himself."
    • Throng A multitude of persons or of living beings pressing or pressed into a close body or assemblage; a crowd.
    • a Throng Thronged; crowded; also, much occupied; busy. "To the intent the sick . . . should not lie too throng ."
    • Throng To crowd into; to fill closely by crowding or pressing into, as a hall or a street.
    • v. i Throng To crowd together; to press together into a close body, as a multitude of persons; to gather or move in multitudes. "I have seen the dumb men throng to see him."
    • Throng To crowd, or press, as persons; to oppress or annoy with a crowd of living beings. "Much people followed him, and thronged him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n throng A crowd or great concourse of people; a multitude, great in proportion to the space it occupies or can occupy.
    • n throng A great number: as, the heavenly throng.
    • n throng 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 throng Synonyms Crowd, etc. See multitude.
    • throng To come (or go) in multitudes; press eagerly in crowds; crowd.
    • throng To crowd or press; press unduly upon, as a crowd or multitude of people anxious to view something.
    • throng To crowd into; fill as or as with a crowd.
    • throng To fill or stuff.
    • throng Thickly crowded or set close together; thronged; crowded.
    • throng Much occupied or engaged; busy.
    • throng Preterit of thring.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Throng throng a large number of people pressed or crowded together: a crowd: a great multitude
    • v.t Throng to press or crowd: to annoy with numbers
    • v.i Throng to crowd together: to come in multitudes
    • adj Throng (prov.) crowded: busy
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.”
  • John Keats
    “Who would wish to be among the commonplace crowd of the little famous -- who are each individually lost in a throng made up of themselves?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. þrong, þrang, AS. geþrang, fr. þringan, to crowd, to press; akin to OS. thringan, D. & G. dringen, OHG. dringan, Icel. þryngva, þröngva, Goth. þriehan, D. & G. drang, a throng, press, Icel. þröng, a throng, Lith. trenkti, to jolt, tranksmas, a tumult. Cf. Thring


In literature:

Behold the crowds of people thronging the gates of the cities, the hills, the valleys, and resting beneath the shadows of the trees!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
Indian women thronged around as well, with curious handiwork made in their forest fastnesses.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The streets leading to the wharf were thronged by crowds in the wildest enthusiasm.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
What an endless throng!
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Then, rising all, Into Ulysses' house at once they throng'd.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
Bengt draws his sword to stab her, but the people throng in, seize and throw him into the sea.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
A throng, from city and country, which could not be numbered, gazed upon the scene.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The streets were thronged, and the throngs moving in one direction.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
There was a sense of suppressed excitement in the hush of the throng; almost, one might have said, an atmosphere of prayer.
"The Royal Pawn of Venice" by Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
Paul felt very strange as he joined the gay throng.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking

In poetry:

Unless I found those who to me belong,
My dear and own,
I, in the vastness of that shining throng,
Would be alone.
"Heaven" by Virna Sheard
Again I stood beside the gate.
My heart was glad and free;
For with me stood a rescued throng
The Lord had given me.
"Fishers Of Men" by Frances Ellen Watkins
With grief closed lips, sat he apart,
The comrade of the dead man's heart;
At last the chanting throng were gone
And he was with th' dead alone;
"The Legend of St. Bevon!" by Alice Coale Simpers
Then one rose up from the wedding throng,
But his face no man could see,
And he said, " Now bid your dear farewell,
For your soul belongs to me."
"The Woman Who Went To Hell [An Irish Legend]" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
Then silence fell, while the upheaving throng,
As sea-waves backward curled,
Left a great path, and down the path there shone
The Light of all the world.
"The Miracle" by Virna Sheard
A messenger was sent by God, in love,
To fetch him from amidst the vicious throng,
And bear him to the glorious realms above,
To chant forth hymns, the blessed saints among.
"Advice To A Woman, Not To Grieve Too Much For The Death Of Her Child" by Rees Prichard

In news:

4 Wrights make a throng in rodeo semis.
'Between Dark Wall and Wild Throng ': Yosemite, August 2011.
Usher, the Situation among throng at Mark Cuban's party.
Bush greeted by throng at Waco book-signing.
The senior receiver returned for his final season at Texas A&M, new coach, new conference and all, in part to experience the classic magic and madness of settings like Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium and its throng of 100,000-plus.
Throngs line up early to see the teen idols sing on the 'Today' show.
The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has returned home to the West Bank with throngs of people cheering his arrival.
Traffic chokes bridges, and throngs wait for buses and gas.
GREENSBORO — Every day for nearly six weeks, attorneys Alan Duncan and Allison Van Laningham walked past a throng of media on their way to work.
Throngs of people turned out to vote at Washington Square Mall in Evansville on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
The tourist throngs have ebbed, the water is still warm, and the swells are becoming more consistent.
Huge crowds thronged Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square on Tuesday voicing their opposition to what they see as a power grab by President Mohamed Morsi.
Some of the Wolverines moved fast and were gone before the throng began to envelop the Ohio Stadium field.
In addition to the throngs of summer visitors that delight in experiencing the dunes and their associated beaches, Michigan's dunes are home to unique dune an...
So you have a thriving business with throngs of customers and even other entrepreneurs interested in getting in on the action.

In science:

The most artistic presentation of this paradox can be found in the Bible : “As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.
Zeno meets modern science