[ denz ]
/ dɛnz /

noun, plural den·tes [den-teez] /ˈdɛn tiz/. Zoology.

a tooth or toothlike part.

Origin of dens

< Latin dēns; see tooth

Definition for dens (2 of 2)


[ den ]
/ dɛn /


verb (used with object), denned, den·ning.

to drive or pursue (an animal) into its den.
to kill (an animal) inside its den.

verb (used without object), denned, den·ning.

to live in or as if in a den.

Origin of den

before 1000; Middle English; Old English denn; compare early Dutch denne floor, cave, den, German Tenne floor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dens


/ (dɛn) /


verb dens, denning or denned

(intr) to live in or as if in a den

Word Origin for den

Old English denn; related to Old High German tenni threshing floor, early Dutch denne low ground, den, cave
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Medicine definitions for dens


[ dĕnz ]

n. pl. den•tes (dĕntēz′)

A toothlike process projecting upward from the body of the axis around which the atlas rotates.odontoid process of epistropheus
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