huddle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Huddle \Hud"dle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Huddled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Huddling.] [Cf. OE. hoderen, hodren, to cover, keep, warm;
   perh. akin to OE. huden, hiden, to hide, E. hide, and orig.
   meaning, to get together for protection in a safe place. Cf.
   Hide to conceal.]
   To press together promiscuously, from confusion,
   apprehension, or the like; to crowd together confusedly; to
   press or hurry in disorder; to crowd.
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         The cattle huddled on the lea.           --Tennyson.
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         Huddling together on the public square . . . like a
         herd of panic-struck deer.               --Prescott.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Huddle \Hud"dle\, v. t.
   1. To crowd (things) together to mingle confusedly; to
      assemble without order or system.
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            Our adversary, huddling several suppositions
            together, . . . makes a medley and confusion.
                                                  --Locke.
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   2. To do, make, or put, in haste or roughly; hence, to do
      imperfectly; -- usually with a following preposition or
      adverb; as, to huddle on; to huddle up; to huddle
      together. "Huddle up a peace." --J. H. Newman.
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            Let him forescat his work with timely care,
            Which else is huddled when the skies are fair.
                                                  --Dryden.
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            Now, in all haste, they huddle on
            Their hoods, their cloaks, and get them gone.
                                                  --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Huddle \Hud"dle\, n.
   A crowd; a number of persons or things crowded together in a
   confused manner; tumult; confusion. "A huddle of ideas."
   --Addison.
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