- a large number of persons gathered closely together; throng: a crowd of angry people.
- any large number of persons.
- any group or set of persons with something in common: The restaurant attracts a theater crowd.
- audience; attendance: Opening night drew a good crowd.
- the common people; the masses: He feels superior to the crowd.
- a large number of things gathered or considered together.
- Sociology. a temporary gathering of people responding to common stimuli and engaged in any of various forms of collective behavior.
- to gather in large numbers; throng; swarm.
- to press forward; advance by pushing.
- to press closely together; force into a confined space; cram: to crowd clothes into a suitcase.
- to push; shove.
- to fill to excess; fill by pressing or thronging into.
- to place under pressure or stress by constant solicitation: to crowd a debtor for payment; to crowd someone with embarrassing questions.
- crowd on sail, Nautical. to carry a press of sail.
Origin of crowd1
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Examples from the Web for crowding
Its sheer size could make the crowding effect less noticeable than in a smaller city.The NFL’s Super Bowl Con: Hosting the Big Game Isn’t an Economic Score For Cities
January 30, 2014
Due largely to crowding and high housing prices, 45 percent of couples in Hong Kong say they have given up having children.City Leaders Are in Love With Density but Most City Dwellers Disagree
September 16, 2013
To name just a few: a. "Crowding out": the logic of Clintonomics.Rogoff and Reinhart Respond
April 17, 2013
To preserve discretionary spending priorities, we must prevent entitlement spending from crowding out all other budgetary options.Why the Existence of this Obama Budget is a Victory for the Republicans
April 11, 2013
People seem to have a hidden assumption that every house in the District will eventually be crowding $1 million in value.What Is Going On in The DC Housing Market?
September 28, 2012
Between them, his days and nights were occupied to crowding.
What was the use of all that noise and crowding and piggish hurry?
And pushing, crowding, hugging the side of the stall, Mortimer fought his way to the girl.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Chip nodded, half suffocated with crowding, incredulous hopes.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
There is a continual jostling, and crowding, and buzzing, and striving to get promotion.A Dish Of Orts
- a large number of things or people gathered or considered together
- a particular group of people, esp considered as a social or business setthe crowd from the office
- the crowdthe common people; the masses
- (as modifier)crowd ideas
- follow the crowd to conform with the majority
- (intr) to gather together in large numbers; throng
- (tr) to press together into a confined space
- (tr) to fill to excess; fill by pushing into
- (tr) informal to urge or harass by urging
- crowd on sail nautical to hoist as much sail as possible
- music an ancient bowed stringed instrument; crwth
Word Origin and History for crowding
Old English crudan "to press, crush." Cognate with Middle Dutch cruden "to press, push," Middle High German kroten "to press, oppress," Norwegian kryda "to crowd." Related: Crowded; crowding.
- A condition in which the teeth are crowded in the dental arch, assuming altered positions, as by overlapping and twisting.