Definitions for: Throng

[n] a large gathering of people
[v] press tightly together or cram; "The crowd packed the auditorium"

Webster (1913) Definition: Throng, n. [OE. [thorn]rong, [thorn]rang, AS.
ge[thorn]rang, fr. [thorn]ringan to crowd, to press; akin to
OS. thringan, D. & G. dringen, OHG. dringan, Icel.
[thorn]ryngva, [thorn]r["o]ngva, Goth. [thorn]riehan, D. & G.
drang a throng, press, Icel. [thorn]r["o]ng a throng, Lith.
trenkti to jolt, tranksmas a tumult. Cf. Thring.]
1. A multitude of persons or of living beings pressing or
pressed into a close body or assemblage; a crowd.

2. A great multitude; as, the heavenly throng.

Syn: Throng, Multitude, Crowd.

Usage: Any great number of persons form a multitude; a throng
is a large number of persons who are gathered or are
moving together in a collective body; a crowd is
composed of a large or small number of persons who
press together so as to bring their bodies into
immediate or inconvenient contact. A dispersed
multitude; the throngs in the streets of a city; the
crowd at a fair or a street fight. But these
distinctions are not carefully observed.

So, with this bold opposer rushes on This
many-headed monster, multitude. --Daniel.

Not to know me argues yourselves unknown, The
lowest of your throng. --Milton.

I come from empty noise, and tasteless pomp,
From crowds that hide a monarch from himself.

Throng, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Thronged; p. pr. & vb. n.
To crowd together; to press together into a close body, as a
multitude of persons; to gather or move in multitudes.

I have seen the dumb men throng to see him. --Shak.

Throng, v. t.
1. To crowd, or press, as persons; to oppress or annoy with a
crowd of living beings.

Much people followed him, and thronged him. --Mark
v. 24.

2. To crowd into; to fill closely by crowding or pressing
into, as a hall or a street. --Shak.

Throng, a.
Thronged; crowded; also, much occupied; busy. [Obs. or Prov.
Eng.] --Bp. Sanderson.

To the intent the sick . . . should not lie too throng.

Synonyms: concourse, jam, mob, multitude, pack, pile

See Also: assemblage, crowd, crowd together, gathering, herd, hive, horde, host, legion, ruck

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