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den

Definitions

  • The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room
    The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n den a room that is comfortable and secluded
    • n den a unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts
    • n den a hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws
    • n den the habitation of wild animals
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Detail of a Den Table Detail of a Den Table
GOMPACHI AWAKENED BY THE MAIDEN IN THE ROBBERS' DEN GOMPACHI AWAKENED BY THE MAIDEN IN THE ROBBERS' DEN
Dead Goat Emerging from Den Dead Goat Emerging from Den

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pregnant female polar bears will not eat for several months while resting in her den under the snow. Thanx Tony W.
    • Den A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell.
    • Den A small cavern or hollow place in the side of a hill, or among rocks; esp., a cave used by a wild beast for shelter or concealment; as, a lion's den; a den of robbers.
    • Den A squalid place of resort; a wretched dwelling place; a haunt; as, a den of vice. "Those squalid dens, which are the reproach of great capitals."
    • Den Any snug or close retreat where one goes to be alone.
    • v. i Den To live in, or as in, a den. "The sluggish salvages that den below."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began as Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, New Jersey, called his counterpart in Alameda, California.
    • n den A hollow place in the earth or in a rock; a cave, pit, or subterraneous recess, used for concealment, shelter, protection, or security: as, a lion's den.
    • n den A grave.
    • n den Any squalid place of resort or residence; a haunt: always used in a bad sense: as, dens of misery.
    • n den A small or secluded private apartment; a retreat for work or leisure.
    • den To dwell in or as if in a den.
    • n den A narrow valley; a glen; a dell.
    • n den A corruption of even in the phrase good even.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To a human, one giant octopus looks virtually the same as any other of the same size and species. This explains why divers claim to have seen the same octopus occupy a den for ten or more years. But an octopus seldom lives longer than four years.
    • n Den den the hollow lair of a wild beast: a kind of pit, a cave: a haunt of vice or misery: :
    • v.i Den to retire to a den
    • n Den den (obs.) for good-e'en, good-even.
    • n Den den (coll.) a private retreat for work
    • n Den den (prov.) a narrow valley
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Idioms

Beard the lion in his own den - If you confront a powerful or dangerous rival on their territory, you are bearding the lion in his own den.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. denn,; perh. akin to G. tenne, floor, thrashing floor, and to AS. denu, valley
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. denn, a cave, and denu, a valley.

Usage

In literature:

He templatin' trouble den, shuah!
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
You better step lively to git out of de way fur me den.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
But when the tiger and tigress are both away from the den in search of food, are the cubs quite safe in the den?
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Van den Rosen and the Princess Sonia Danidoff.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
VON DEN STRINEN, K. Unter den Naturvoelkern Zentral-Brasiliens (Berlin, 1894).
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
There can be no doubt that at times all three live in the same burrow, and in dens that the hard-working rodent first made.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Certainly he was in his den?
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
Den's what's my name?
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
I start to cryin' den, an' dey say, 'Well, git us some sacks den.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
It looked like a good place for dens of wolf or coyote.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Firs' com' de black cross, den de dark cross, den de common cross, den de light cross.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
It's no use to let a feller like him be run into these dens, if the game can be stopped.
"The Boy Broker" by Frank A. Munsey
Two living together surprised me, as heretofore I had never known but one in a den.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Den you is happy and strong.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
That was a strange, eventful night in the den.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
If de party not have enough faith, den it am a failure.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
There he was still, sitting in his den and smoking a hubble-bubble.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
The only vacant room, it appeared, was a little den up four pairs of stairs, and looking towards the back.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The sun ariseth, they get them away, And lay them down in their dens.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Spose I drop him down fuss, and den de limb won't break wid just de weight of one nigger.
"International Short Stories" by Various
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In poetry:

Where the stream grew shallow,
Winding through the glen,
Eerie flames lit up the
Entrance to a den.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
"Mijn voet kan voor den avondval
Nog vele mijlen reizen,
Wil een den weg mij wijzen
Naar Lethe's dal.
"Lethe" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
Die Kunstrichter
Du bist des Stoffes allzu voll,
Den deine Muse singen soll:
Darum geraet kein Lied dir wohl.
"Die Kunstrichter Und Der Dichter" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Ik min u in den avond,
die sterft in lang verbloeden,
met diepe en diep're gloeden
zijn duistren moorder lavend.
"Het Smeulend Vuur" by Carel Scharten
Nu moet uw oude gloed vergaan:
Die driften zijn den man onwaard!
De roos der schoonheid is voortaan
Voor u ontblaârd.
"Byrons Zwanenzang" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
An whan they saw that he was deid,
They turnd and ran awa,
An they buried him in Legget's Den,
A large mile frae Harlaw.
"Traditionary Version" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Dashing through choice karaoke dens.
Last week, The Examiner revealed the problem of numerous illegal gambling dens spreading throughout the area and their negative impact on the community, particularly gambling addicts and the area's most vulnerable residents.
A business which makes iPad accessories that recently appeared on Dragons' Den has called in Third City.
Dragons' Den business Skinnydip appoints Third City.
Secured investment on Dragons' Den.
Between leather bars and honky-tonks, rock-and-roll grottos and techno dens, it is nearly impossible to find a single outfit that will please everybody.
Enlarge Alysha Beck, The Oregonian Scallop sashimi with puffed rice in den miso at Smallwares, a restaurant in Northeast Portland.
Packers sneak out of Lions' den with 24-20 win.
A community in Ohio has rallied around the mother of a Tiger Scout who was ejected from her position as a den leader because of her sexual orientation.
SouthPaw 's Den of Coffee.
SouthPaw 's Den is a nice-sized merchandise store adjacent to the ValleyCats administrative offices.
As we are gearing up for our 2010 sales season, we began to look at our real estate & decided to turn SouthPaw 's Den into a cafe / meeting space.
The adjacent dressing room features a Gerard van den Berg chair and ottoman re-covered in wool.
Eddie was born on Jan 10, 1947, in Celina, to Charles and Martha (Dennings) Springer, and they preceded him in death.
Horse owner Herman Van Den Broeck flies from his home in Panama a few times a week to visit his stable at Calder Casino & Race Course.
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In science:

Sijthoff & Noordhoff International Publishers-Alphen aan den Rijn.
On the Complete Solution to the Most General Fifth Degree Polynomial
Before passing the data through the machine learning program, alignment (Daelemans & van den Bosch, 1996) is performed for the graphemic and phonemic representations of Celex and for those of Fonilex, since the phonemic representation and the spelling of a word often differ in length.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
Daelemans, W., van den Bosch, A., & Weijters, T.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
Daelemans, W., van den Bosch, A., & Zavrel, J. (1999).
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
Daelemans, W., Zavrel, J., van der Sloot, K., & van den Bosch, A. (1999).
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
Then Ruzsa’s Theorem 4.3 yields the existence of a set Λ of integers whose all finite subsets belong to H, and with two-sided density densΛ ≥ (1 − ε)ν (B ).
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
One of the primary ob jections to this hypothesis was raised by van den Bergh (1990), who pointed out that spirals have fewer globular clusters per unit luminosity than ellipticals.
The Formation of Star Clusters
This is because the focus has been on the question of whether merging galaxies can form globular clusters, in response to van den Bergh’s (1990) criticism of the merger hypothesis for the origin of elliptical galaxies.
The Formation of Star Clusters
However, van den Bergh (1995) argued that this was too large, and the clusters were more likely to be open clusters.
The Formation of Star Clusters
M. den Nijs, in Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena, vol. 12, edited by C.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
Reimann P., Kawai R., Van den Broek C., and H¨anggi P. (1999): Europhys.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Berg, J. van den, Kahn, J.: A correlation inequality for connection events in percolation.
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
Van den Bergh, Existence theorems for dualizing complexes over non-commutative graded and filtered ring, J.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings
Remco van der Hofstad, Frank den Hollander, and Gordon Slade. A new inductive approach to the lace expansion for self-avoiding walks.
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
Greven and F. den Hollander, A variational characterization of the speed of a one-dimensional selfrepel lent random walk, Ann.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
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