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hud·dle

 (hŭd′l)
n.
1. A densely packed group or crowd, as of people or animals.
2. Football A brief gathering of a team's players behind the line of scrimmage to receive instructions for the next play.
3. A small private conference or meeting.
v. hud·dled, hud·dling, hud·dles
v.intr.
1. To crowd together, as from cold or fear.
2. To draw or curl one's limbs close to one's body: huddled under the blanket while watching television.
3. Football To gather in a huddle.
4. Informal To gather together for conference or consultation: During the crisis, the president's national security advisers huddled.
v.tr.
1. To cause to crowd together.
2. To draw (oneself) together in a crouch.
3. Chiefly British To arrange, do, or make hastily or carelessly.

[From huddle, to crowd together, possibly from Low German hudeln; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.]

hud′dler n.

huddled

(ˈhʌdld)
adj
crowded or nestled closely together(of a person) having their arms and legs close to their body
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.huddled - crowded or massed together; "give me...your huddled masses"; "the huddled sheep turned their backs against the wind"
crowded - overfilled or compacted or concentrated; "a crowded theater"; "a crowded program"; "crowded trains"; "a young mother's crowded days"
References in classic literature ?
A look in the eyes of a shipmate, a low murmur in the most sheltered spot where the watch on duty are huddled together, a meaning moan from one to the other with a glance at the windward sky, a sigh of weariness, a gesture of disgust passing into the keeping of the great wind, become part and parcel of the gale.
Fully clothed, and wrapped in blankets, and huddled ourselves up, by the window, with lighted pipes, and fell into chat, while we waited in exceeding comfort to see how an Alpine sunrise was going to look by candlelight.
For awhile there was silence, save for the moaning of the huddled and restless cattle.
They loaded their spits, therefore, and crammed their camp kettle with meat, and while the wind whistled, and the snow whirled around them, huddled round a rousing fire, basked in its warmth, and comforted both soul and body with a hearty and invigorating meal.
The tribe shivering from the cold rain, huddled at the bases of great trees.
One of these matches I struck, and its dim flame lighted up what appeared to be a huge cave, toward the back of which I discovered a strange, still figure huddled over a tiny bench.
Drank a little brandy each, and huddled ourselves together, each wrapped up in his blanket, to keep ourselves alive.
Aunt Sally she was just a-ripping and a-tearing around, and the children was huddled in one corner, and the old man he was huddled in the other and praying for help in time of need.
His men were loath to follow him, but when they saw that he was bravely entering the frowning portal they trailed a few paces behind in a huddled group that seemed the personification of nervous terror.
Poor Pinocchio huddled close to the doghouse more dead than alive from cold, hunger, and fright.
On one side of the car a waiter with some broken glasses beside a tray was huddled near the step.
In the red glow from the fire-box, a group of people stood huddled together on the platform, encumbered by bundles and boxes.