adjective \ˈden(t)s\

: having parts that are close together

: crowded with people

: not smart : not able to understand things easily


Full Definition of DENSE

a :  marked by compactness or crowding together of parts <dense vegetation> <dense traffic>
b :  having a high mass per unit volume <carbon dioxide is a dense gas>
a :  slow to understand :  stupid, thickheaded <was too dense to get the joke>
b :  extreme <dense ignorance>
:  having between any two elements at least one element <the set of rational numbers is dense>
:  demanding concentration to follow or comprehend <dense prose>
:  having high or relatively high opacity <a dense fog> <a dense photographic negative>
dense·ly adverb
dense·ness \ˈden(t)-snəs\ noun

Examples of DENSE

  1. They cut a path through the dense jungle.
  2. a dense tangle of wires
  3. a dense cluster of stars
  4. That part of the city has a dense population of immigrants.
  5. A dense mass of spectators filled the courtroom.
  6. In the movie, she plays his kind but somewhat dense aunt.

Origin of DENSE

Latin densus; akin to Greek dasys thick with hair or leaves
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with DENSE


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