There is no abstract noun form of the adjective 'thick'. The noun form of the adjective 'thick' is thickness, a concrete noun, a word for a physical property, a physical density. The noun 'thickness' can be used in an abstract context, for example: A thickness of anticipation could be felt throughout the audience.
The noun apprehension (uneasy anticipation) takes the following common suffixes: adjective : apprehensive adverb: apprehensively secondary noun: apprehensiveness The verb apprehend (take into custody) has the following suffixes: adjective: apprehended adjective: apprehensible gerund : apprehending personal noun: apprehender
They were looking forward to the big luncheon being held for their group, and all their faces were lit with anticipation as they waited. The students looked at the teacher with anticipation as she said "Were going on a field trip" Anticipate means when you look forward to something or doing something.
Yes, the word 'crowding' is a gerund, the present participle of the verb 'to crowd' that functions as a noun in a sentence. The present participle of the verb also functions as an adjective. Examples: The crowding at the accident scene inhibited the rescue crew. (noun) People are crowding the entrance in anticipation of the opening. (verb) We need to plan new space to alleviate the crowding conditions at the jail. (adjective)