1. a situation in which people or things are crowded together
; - Example: "he didn't like the crowding on the beach"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Crowd \Crowd\ (kroud), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crowded; p. pr. &
vb. n. Crowding.] [OE. crouden, cruden, AS. cr[=u]dan; 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
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a situation in which people or things are crowded together;
"he didn't like the crowding on the beach"