1. to press, to crowd, to throng; to move or gather in a crowd; to assemble; to crowd around, to throng a person (obsolete)
2. to press or push forward, as against obstacles; to push or force one's way hastily or eagerly; to press, rush, hasten, push on (obsolete except dialect)
3. to press hard, use oppression; to oppress, to harass, to distress, to afflict (obsolete)
4. to press together, to squeeze, to compress; to crush, to bruise (obsolete)
5. to thrust or drive with pressure or violence; to cast, throw, or fling violently; to hurl, dash, knock (obsolete except dialect)
6. (with 'down') to throw down by force; to thrust or knock down; to overthrow; to bring to ruin
7. to thrust or crush (into a confined space); to shut up, to confine (obsolete)
8. to make way through something by pressure; to pierce, to penetrate; to burst out (obsolete)
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noun: from Old English ᵹeþring neut. press, crowd, tumult, from þring-an to press, crowd
verb: (from E-NED) Old English þringan, þrang (pl. þrungon), þrungen.
Com. Teut. = OS. thringan (MLG., MDu., Du. dringen), OHG. dringan (MHG., Ger. dringen), ON. þryngva, - gja (pa. tense þrǫng, þrungom, pa. pple. þrungenn),
cf. Goth. þreihan (pa. tense þráih, þraihum, pa. pple. þraihans):—OTeut. *þriŋh(w)-: þriŋg(w)-; cf.Lith. trènkti to shake, strike, trànksmas uproar, scrimmage, Lett. treekt to shatter
The Gothic þreihan passed into a different conjugational class.
From: Letters of Samuel Rutherford
Edited by the Rev. Andrew A. Bonar, 1891
Letter CCLXXXII. To the Lady Robertland.