Den, v. i. To live in, or as in, a den.
The sluggish salvages that den below. --G. Fletcher.
1. 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.
2. 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.”
3. Any snug or close retreat where one goes to be alone. [Colloq.]
4. A narrow glen; a ravine; a dell. [Old Eng. & Scotch]
n 1: the habitation of wild animals [syn: lair]
2: a hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws [syn:
3: a unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts
4: a room that is comfortable and secluded
[also: denning, denned]
a lair of wild beasts (Ps. 10:9; 104:22; Job 37:8); the hole of
a venomous reptile (Isa. 11:8); a recess for secrecy "in dens
and caves of the earth" (Heb. 11:38); a resort of thieves (Matt.
21:13; Mark 11:17). Daniel was cast into "the den of lions"
(Dan. 6:16, 17). Some recent discoveries among the ruins of
Babylon have brought to light the fact that the practice of
punishing offenders against the law by throwing them into a den
of lions was common.