To crowd out
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. [1913 Webster]

2. To press or drive together; to mass together. ``Crowd us and crush us.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity. [1913 Webster]

The balconies and verandas were crowded with spectators, anxious to behold their future sovereign. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

4. To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • To break out — Break Break (br[=a]k), v. i. 1. To come apart or divide into two or more pieces, usually with suddenness and violence; to part; to burst asunder. [1913 Webster] 2. To open spontaneously, or by pressure from within, as a bubble, a tumor, a seed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To crowd sail — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To press or drive together; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crowd out — verb press, force, or thrust out of a small space The weeds crowded out the flowers • Syn: ↑force out • Hypernyms: ↑displace • Verb Frames: Somebody s something Somebody s somebody …   Useful english dictionary

  • crowd out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms crowd out : present tense I/you/we/they crowd out he/she/it crowds out present participle crowding out past tense crowded out past participle crowded out to become stronger or more successful than another… …   English dictionary

  • To crowd sail — Sail Sail, n. [OE. seil, AS. segel, segl; akin to D. zeil, OHG. segal, G. & Sw. segel, Icel. segl, Dan. seil. [root] 153.] 1. An extent of canvas or other fabric by means of which the wind is made serviceable as a power for propelling vessels… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To heave out a sail — Heave Heave (h[=e]v), v. t. [imp. {Heaved} (h[=e]vd), or {Hove} (h[=o]v); p. p. {Heaved}, {Hove}, formerly {Hoven} (h[=o] v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Heaving}.] [OE. heven, hebben, AS. hebban; akin to OS. hebbian, D. heffen, OHG. heffan, hevan, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put out of court — Court Court (k[=o]rt), n. [OF. court, curt, cort, F. cour, LL. cortis, fr. L. cohors, cors, chors, gen. cohortis, cortis, chortis, an inclosure, court, thing inclosed, crowd, throng; co + a root akin to Gr. chorto s inclosure, feeding place, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crowd out — PHRASAL VERB If one thing crowds out another, it is so successful or common that the other thing does not have the opportunity to be successful or exist. [V P n (not pron)] In the 1980s American exports crowded out European films. [Also V n P]… …   English dictionary

  • 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To press or drive together; to mass… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crowd grass — noun Etymology: crowd (I); from its tendency to crowd out other plants : charlock …   Useful english dictionary

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