—n. 1. the lair or shelter of a wild animal, esp. a predatory mammal.
2. a room, often secluded, in a house or apartment, designed to provide a quiet, comfortable, and informal atmosphere for conversation, reading, writing, etc.
3. a cave used as a place of shelter or concealment.
4. a squalid or vile abode or place: dens of misery. 5. one of the units of a cub scout pack, analogous to a patrol in the Boy Scouts.
—v.t. 1. to drive or pursue (an animal) into its den.
2. to kill (an animal) inside its den.