Simple Definition of dense
: having parts that are close together
: crowded with people
: not smart : not able to understand things easily
Full Definition of dense
1 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>
3 : having between any two elements at least one element <the set of rational numbers is dense>
4 : demanding concentration to follow or comprehend <dense prose>
5 : having high or relatively high opacity <a dense fog> <a dense photographic negative>
Examples of dense
They cut a path through the dense jungle.
a dense tangle of wires
a dense cluster of stars
That part of the city has a dense population of immigrants.
A dense mass of spectators filled the courtroom.
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
Synonym Discussion of dense
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