What does crowd mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crowdnoun

    a large number of things or people considered together

    "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers"

  2. crowd, crew, gang, bunchverb

    an informal body of friends

    "he still hangs out with the same crowd"

  3. herd, crowdverb

    cause to herd, drive, or crowd together

    "We herded the children into a spare classroom"

  4. crowdverb

    fill or occupy to the point of overflowing

    "The students crowded the auditorium"

  5. crowd, crowd togetherverb

    to gather together in large numbers

    "men in straw boaters and waxed mustaches crowded the verandah"

  6. push, crowdverb

    approach a certain age or speed

    "She is pushing fifty"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CROWDnoun

    Etymology: cruð, Saxon.

    He could then compare the confusion of a multitude to that tumult he had observed in the Icarian sea, dashing and breaking among its crowd of islands. Essay on Homer.

    He went not with the crowd to see a shrine,
    But fed us by the way, with food divine. John Dryden, Fables.

    His fiddle is your proper purchase,
    Won in the service of the churches;
    And by your doom must be allow’d
    To be, or be no more, a crowd. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 2.

  2. To Crowdverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    A mind which is ever crowding its memory with things which it learns, may cramp the invention itself. Isaac Watts.

    The time misorder’d, doth in common sense
    Crowd us and crush us to this monstrous form,
    To hold our safety up. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    It seems probable, that the sea doth still grow narrower from age to age, and sinks more within its channel and the bowels of the earth, according as it can make its way into all those subterraneous cavities, and crowd the air out of them. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    As the mind itself is thought to take up no space, so its actions seem to require no time; but many of them seem to be crowded into an instant. John Locke.

    Then let us fill
    This little interval, this pause of life,
    With all the virtues we can crowd into it. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    How short is life! Why will vain courtiers toil,
    And crowd a vainer monarch for a smile? George Granville.

  3. To Crowdverb

    They follow their undaunted king;
    Crowd through their gates; and in the fields of light,
    The shocking squadrons meet in mortal fight. John Dryden, Virgil.

    A mighty man, had not some cunning sin,
    Amidst so many virtues, crowded in. Abraham Cowley, Davideis.


  1. crowd

    A crowd refers to a large group of people gathered together in a particular place or space, forming a collective mass or gathering. Crowds can vary in size and purpose, ranging from social gatherings, protests, sporting events, or any other scenario where a large number of individuals come together. The presence of a crowd often implies a shared interest, objective, or activity that brings people together and fosters a sense of community or collective energy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crowdverb

    to push, to press, to shove

  2. Crowdverb

    to press or drive together; to mass together

  3. Crowdverb

    to fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity

  4. Crowdverb

    to press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably

  5. Crowdverb

    to press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng

  6. Crowdverb

    to urge or press forward; to force one's self; as, a man crowds into a room

  7. Crowdverb

    a number of things collected or closely pressed together; also, a number of things adjacent to each other

  8. Crowdverb

    a number of persons congregated or collected into a close body without order; a throng

  9. Crowdverb

    the lower orders of people; the populace; the vulgar; the rabble; the mob

  10. Crowdnoun

    an ancient instrument of music with six strings; a kind of violin, being the oldest known stringed instrument played with a bow

  11. Crowdverb

    to play on a crowd; to fiddle

  12. Etymology: [W. crwth; akin to Gael. cruit. Perh. named from its shape, and akin to Gr. kyrto`s curved, and E. curve. Cf. Rote.]


  1. Crowd

    A crowd is a small and definable group of people, while "the crowd" is referred to as the so-called lower orders of people in general. A crowd may be definable through a common purpose or set of emotions, such as at a political rally, at a sports event, or during looting, or simply be made up of many people going about their business in a busy area. Everybody in the context of general public or the common people is normally referred to as the masses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crowd

    krowd, n. a number of persons or things closely pressed together, without order: the rabble: multitude.—v.t. to gather into a lump or crowd: to fill by pressing or driving together: to compress.—v.i. to press on: to press together in numbers: to swarm.—p.adj. Crowd′ed.—Crowd sail, to carry a press of sail for speed. [A.S. crúdan, to press.]

  2. Crowd

    krowd, n. (obs.) an ancient musical instrument of the nature of the violin.—n. Crowd′er (obs.), a fiddler. [W. crwth, a hollow protuberance, a fiddle; Gael., Ir. cruit.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Crowd

    Theatrical slang for members of a company collectively.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crowd' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2384

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crowd' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3466

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crowd' in Nouns Frequency: #826

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crowd in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crowd in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of crowd in a Sentence

  1. Alan Ashley-Pitt:

    The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.

  2. Sarah Sanders:

    Waters yelled at a cadre of reporters outside the Speaker’s Lobby who were asking her about her comments. She also refused to answer questions about whether her remarks are bad for her party. Waters has faced bipartisan criticism for her weekend comments to a crowd of supporters in Los Angeles. After White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen were pressured to leave restaurants last week amid the backlash over family separations at the border, Waters had urged the crowd to keep up the pressure. If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere.

  3. Bob Baffert:

    All I did was take in the crowd, the crowd was thundering. I was just enjoying the call and the crowd, the noise.

  4. Daniil Medvedev:

    After the match, I engaged a little bit with the crowd, but we all know how New York crowd can be. New York crowd's probably the most electric crowd in the world, I think. Especially, I mean, playing this week on big courts, I could feel it. Today I was just engaging with the crowd and hopefully -- hopefully it was fun for them and for me. As I said, it gave me a lot of energy to win.

  5. Chris Harrison:

    This particular piece of work on the Teacup Galaxy has provided new insight into how the black holes [drive energy] in ordinary galaxies, they appear to be capable of driving jets of charged particles that collide into the gas. You could imagine the ‘jet’ as like a water cannon being driven into a crowd of people - the water cannon collides with the crowd and causes it to break up and disperse rapidly. In this analogy, the crowd represents the gas in the galaxy that is trying to form stars, but is destroyed by the jet.

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