Throng (?), n. [OE. þrong, þrang, AS. geþrang, fr. þringan to crowd, to press; akin to OS. thringan, D. & G. dringen, OHG. dringan, Icel. þryngva, þrongva, Goth. þriehan, D. & G. drang a throng, press, Icel. þrong 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. 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. Johnson.

 

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Throng, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Thronged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Thronging.]

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.

 

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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.

 

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Throng, a.

Thronged; crowded; also, much occupied; busy.

[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

Bp. Sanderson.

To the intent the sick . . . should not lie too throng. Robynson (More's Utopia).

 

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