- to crowd to an uncomfortable or undesirable excess.
Origin of overcrowd
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Examples from the Web for overcrowding
Hours of delays, EMTs called in to treat those passing out from overcrowding.Imperfect Harmony: Sochi Ain’t All That Bad
February 10, 2014
In 1989, dozens of soccer fans were crushed to death due to overcrowding in a South Yorkshire stadium.Inquiry Finds Police Cover-Up in Deaths of 96 Fans at Hillsborough
September 13, 2012
“The big issues are overcrowding, lack of running water, and lack of sanitation,” said Cole.Terror Prisons in The Post-Gitmo World
June 27, 2012
More deaths on Everest underscore its problems with overcrowding and unstable weather and geography, writes Nick Heil.
If overcrowding was also part of their calculus, there was no mention of it on the site.
Sordid surroundings, ignorance, and overcrowding did the rest.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The overcrowding in cottages leads to what may be called an indifference to decency.The Toilers of the Field
Surely this must indicate that the cause of decay is not overcrowding.Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?
William Platt Ball
Diseases are due to dirt, to vice, to overcrowding, to want of common-sense.Experiments on Animals
"There will be no overcrowding to night," said Mrs. Blake bitterly.Workhouse Characters
Margaret Wynne Nevinson
- a state of being filled with more people or things than is desirable; congestion
- (tr) to fill (a room, vehicle, city, etc) with more people or things than is desirable
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Word Origin and History for overcrowding
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