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den

[den] /dɛn/
noun
1.
the lair or shelter of a wild animal, especially a predatory mammal.
2.
a room, often secluded, in a house or apartment, designed to provide a quiet, comfortable, and informal atmosphere for conversation, reading, writing, etc.
3.
a cave used as a place of shelter or concealment.
4.
a squalid or vile abode or place:
dens of misery.
5.
one of the units of a cub scout pack, analogous to a patrol in the Boy Scouts.
verb (used with object), denned, denning.
6.
to drive or pursue (an animal) into its den.
7.
to kill (an animal) inside its den.
verb (used without object), denned, denning.
8.
to live in or as if in a den.
Origin of den
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English denn; compare early Dutch denne floor, cave, den, German Tenne floor
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Examples from the Web for denning
Historical Examples
  • "Oh, Ethel doesn't know as much as she thinks she does," said Mrs. denning.

    The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
  • But denning shouldn't have asked the stranger into the reception-room.

    The Music Master Charles Klein
  • As they came from the Capitol at the close of their conference, Langley and denning fell behind for a moment.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • You can take them back,” said Mr denning, shortly, “I shall not fish to-day.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
  • But to his pleased surprise, just as the overture was drawing to its close, he saw denning and his wife approaching.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • We have the charges in our guns, gentlemen; when they are expended we must trust to Mr denning.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
  • Mr. denning believes that certain changes in the appearance of the markings to be due to vaporous condensations.

    Mars and its Mystery Edward Sylvester Morse
  • “No,” replied Mr denning, as he drew back and began to reload.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
  • His eye fell upon denning's limousine drawn up behind his waiting cab.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • “Not without letting your prisoners loose,” said Mr denning, decisively.

    Sail Ho! George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for denning

Denning

/ˈdɛnɪŋ/
noun
1.
Baron Alfred Thompson. 1899–1999, English judge; Master of the Rolls 1962-82

den

/dɛn/
noun
1.
the habitat or retreat of a lion or similar wild animal; lair
2.
a small or secluded room in a home, often used for carrying on a hobby
3.
a squalid or wretched room or retreat
4.
a site or haunt: a den of vice
5.
(Scot) a small wooded valley; dingle
6.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a place of sanctuary in certain catching games; home or base
verb dens, denning, denned
7.
(intransitive) to live in or as if in a den
Word Origin
Old English denn; related to Old High German tenni threshing floor, early Dutch denne low ground, den, cave
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Word Origin and History for denning

den

n.

Old English denn "wild animal's lair," from Proto-Germanic *danjan (cf. Middle Low German denne "lowland, wooded vale, den," Old English denu "valley," Old Frisian dene "down," Old High German tenni, German tenne "threshing floor," from PIE *dan- "low ground"). Sense of "small room" is 1771, originally colloquial.

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Related Abbreviations for denning

DEN

1.
Denver Broncos
2.
Denver International Airport
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denning in the Bible

a lair of wild beasts (Ps. 10:9; 104:22; Job 37:8); the hole of a venomous reptile (Isa. 11:8); a recess for secrecy "in dens and caves of the earth" (Heb. 11:38); a resort of thieves (Matt. 21:13; Mark 11:17). Daniel was cast into "the den of lions" (Dan. 6:16, 17). Some recent discoveries among the ruins of Babylon have brought to light the fact that the practice of punishing offenders against the law by throwing them into a den of lions was common.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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