1. A number of things collected or closely pressed together; also, a number of things adjacent to each
A crowd of islands.
2. A number of persons congregated or collected into a close body without order; a throng.
The crowd of Vanity Fair.
Crowds that stream from yawning doors.
3. The lower orders of people; the populace; the vulgar; the rabble; the mob.
To fool the crowd with glorious lies.
He went not with the crowd to see a shrine.
Syn. Throng; multitude. See Throng.
(Crowd), n. [W. crwth; akin to Gael. cruit. Perh. named from its shape, and akin to Gr. kyrto`s
curved, and E. curve. Cf. Rote.] An ancient instrument of music with six strings; a kind of violin, being
the oldest known stringed instrument played with a bow. [Written also croud, crowth, cruth, and crwth.]
A lackey that . . . can warble upon a crowd a little.
(Crowd), v. t. To play on a crowd; to fiddle. [Obs.] "Fiddlers, crowd on." Massinger.
(Crowd"er) n. One who plays on a crowd; a fiddler. [Obs.] "Some blind crowder." Sir P. Sidney.
(Crowd"er), n. One who crowds or pushes.
(Crow"dy) n. A thick gruel of oatmeal and milk or water; food of the porridge kind. [Scot.]
(Crow"flow`er) n. (Bot.) A kind of campion; according to Gerarde, the Lychnis Flos-cuculi.
1. (Bot.) The genus Ranunculus, of many species; some are common weeds, others are flowering
plants of considerable beauty.
2. (Naut.) A number of small cords rove through a long block, or euphroe, to suspend an awning by.
3. (Mil.) A caltrop. [Written also crow's-foot.]
4. (Well Boring) A tool with a side claw for recovering broken rods, etc. Raymond.
(Crow"keep`er) n. A person employed to scare off crows; hence, a scarecrow. [Obs.]
Scaring the ladies like a crowkeeper.
(Crown) p. p. of Crow. [Obs.]
(Crown) n. [OE. corone, coroun, crune, croun, OF. corone, corune, F. couronne, fr. L. corona
crown, wreath; akin to Gr. korw`nh anything curved, crown; cf. also L. curvus curved, E. curve, curb,
Gael. cruinn round, W. crwn. Cf. Cornice, Corona, Coroner, Coronet.]