(Crow), n. [AS. crawe a crow (in sense 1); akin to D. kraai, G. krähe; cf. Icel. kraka crow. So
named from its cry, from AS. crawan to crow. See Crow, v. i. ]
1. (Zoöl.) A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles.
It has a harsh, croaking note. See Caw.
The common crow of Europe, or carrion crow, is C. corone. The common American crow is C. Americanus.
See Carrion crow, and Illustr., under Carrion.
2. A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.
Get me an iron crow, and bring it straight
Unto my cell.
3. The cry of the cock. See Crow, v. i., 1.
4. The mesentery of a beast; so called by butchers.
Carrion crow. See under Carrion. Crow blackbird (Zoöl.), an American bird (Quiscalus quiscula);
called also purple grackle. Crow pheasant (Zoöl.), an Indian cuckoo; the common coucal. It is
believed by the natives to give omens. See Coucal. Crow shrike (Zoöl.), any bird of the genera
Gymnorhina, Craticus, or Strepera, mostly from Australia. Red-legged crow. See Crough.
As the crow flies, in a direct line. To pick a crow, To pluck a crow, to state and adjust a difference
(Crow"bar`) n. A bar of iron sharpened at one end, and used as a lever.
(Crow`ber`ry) n. (Bot.) A heathlike plant of the genus Empetrum, and its fruit, a black,
scarcely edible berry; - - also called crakeberry.
(Crowd) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crowded; p. pr. & vb. n. Crowding.] [OE. crouden, cruden, AS.
crdan; cf. D. kruijen to push in a wheelbarrow.]
1. To push, to press, to shove. Chaucer.
2. To press or drive together; to mass together. "Crowd us and crush us." Shak.
3. To fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity.
The balconies and verandas were crowded with spectators, anxious to behold their future sovereign.
4. To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably. [Colloq.]
To crowd out, to press out; specifically, to prevent the publication of; as, the press of other matter crowded
out the article. To crowd sail (Naut.), to carry an extraordinary amount of sail, with a view to accelerate
the speed of a vessel; to carry a press of sail.
(Crowd), v. i.
1. To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng.
The whole company crowded about the fire.
Images came crowding on his mind faster than he could put them into words.
2. To urge or press forward; to force one's self; as, a man crowds into a room.
(Crowd), n. [AS. croda. See Crowd, v. t. ]