A large number of persons gathered together; a throng. The common people; the populace. A group of people united by a common characteristic, as age, interest, or vocation: the over-30 crowd. A group of people attending a public function; an audience: The play drew a small but appreciative crowd. A large number of things positioned or considered together. To congregate in a restricted area; throng: The children crowded around the TV. To advance by pressing or shoving: A bevy of reporters crowded toward the candidate. To force by or as if by pressing or shoving: Police crowded the spectators back to the viewing stand. Urban sprawl crowded the farmers out of the valley. To draw or stand near to: The batter crowded the plate. To press, cram, or force tightly together: crowded the clothes into the closet. To fill or occupy to overflowing: Books crowded the shelves. Informal To put pressure on, as to pay a debt. crowd (on) sail Nautical To spread a large amount of sail to increase speed. An ancient Celtic stringed instrument that was bowed or plucked. Also called crwth. Chiefly British A fiddle.