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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

Synonym Discussion of DENSE

stupid, dull, dense, crass, dumb mean lacking in power to absorb ideas or impressions. stupid implies a slow-witted or dazed state of mind that may be either congenital or temporary <stupid students just keeping the seats warm> <stupid with drink>. dull suggests a slow or sluggish mind such as results from disease, depression, or shock <monotonous work that leaves the mind dull>. dense implies a thickheaded imperviousness to ideas <too dense to take a hint>. crass suggests a grossness of mind precluding discrimination or delicacy <a crass, materialistic people>. dumb applies to an exasperating obtuseness or lack of comprehension <too dumb to figure out what's going on>.

Rhymes with DENSE

DENSENESS Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈdens\

Definition of DENSE for Kids

:  having its parts crowded together :  thick <dense vegetation> <dense fog>
:  stupid 1 <I'm not dense enough to believe this story.>
dense·ly adverb <a densely populated region>

Synonym Discussion of DENSE

dense, thick, and compact mean having parts that are gathered tightly together. dense is used of something in which the parts are very close together. <They lost their way in the dense forest.> thick is used of something that has many small parts that form a single mass. <He has a thick head of hair.> compact is used of something that has a close and firm gathering of parts, especially within a small area. <The laptop has a compact design.>


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