- a tooth or toothlike part.
Origin of dens
- the lair or shelter of a wild animal, especially a predatory mammal.
- a room, often secluded, in a house or apartment, designed to provide a quiet, comfortable, and informal atmosphere for conversation, reading, writing, etc.
- a cave used as a place of shelter or concealment.
- a squalid or vile abode or place: dens of misery.
- one of the units of a cub scout pack, analogous to a patrol in the Boy Scouts.
- to drive or pursue (an animal) into its den.
- to kill (an animal) inside its den.
- to live in or as if in a den.
Origin of den
Related Wordssanctuary, nest, cave, hotbed, studio, library, playroom, lair, shelter, sanctum, haunt, couch, burrow, cubbyhole, lodge, cloister, hole, hideout, study, retreat
Examples from the Web for dens
The sun ariseth; they gather themselves together and lay them down in their dens.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
Dingoes make their homes in hollowed out logs, dens, or rabbit holes.Pets or Predators? 10 Things About Australia’s Famous Dog, the Dingo
June 13, 2012
Then the beasts go into their dens, and they remain in their places.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Ordinarily Coyotes do not sleep in dens or in any fixed place.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
Not but what I've seen boardin'-house rooms that was like dens.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Let us go down into these dens of moral disease and disinfect them.The Christian
At this the Wolf and the Bear grew frightened, and ran away to their dens.
- the habitat or retreat of a lion or similar wild animal; lair
- a small or secluded room in a home, often used for carrying on a hobby
- a squalid or wretched room or retreat
- a site or haunta den of vice
- Scot a small wooded valley; dingle
- Scot and Northern English dialect a place of sanctuary in certain catching games; home or base
- (intr) to live in or as if in a den
Word Origin and History for dens
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.
- A toothlike process projecting upward from the body of the axis around which the atlas rotates.odontoid process of epistropheus