dense

adjective
\ ˈden(t)s How to pronounce dense (audio) \
denser; densest

Definition of dense

1a : marked by compactness or crowding together of parts dense vegetation dense traffic
b chemistry : having a high mass (see mass entry 2 sense 1c) per unit volume (see volume entry 1 sense 2) Carbon dioxide is a dense gas. The cake was overly sweet and dense.
2a : slow to understand : stupid, thickheaded was too dense to get the joke
b : extreme dense ignorance
3 mathematics : 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 (see opacity sense 2) a dense fog a dense photographic negative

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Other Words from dense

densely adverb
denseness \ ˈden(t)-​snəs How to pronounce denseness (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of dense in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web If the cover is especially dense and abrasive, consider one of the superlines made from Spectra or similar fibers. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "How to Skip Bass Lures," 29 June 2020 Neutron stars are small, super-dense stars formed from the death and collapse of larger stars. Jordan Nutting, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cosmic collision changes physicists' understanding of black holes and neutron stars," 25 June 2020 Some of this history is dense, the new activists are young, and all barriers to entry are strategic losses for the movement. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "A Dream of Lasting Solidarity at the Dyke March," 24 June 2020 The wetter areas were dense with sphagnum moss, the bog’s dominant and formative vegetation, its stems tangling deep into the water. William Atkins, Harper's Magazine, "[Letter from Ireland]," 23 June 2020 There was no advantage to strategic thinking or planning in a totally open or totally closed environment, like open water or a dense jungle. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Prehistoric 'clutter' on land led to bigger, smarter human brains," 19 June 2020 Their nasal cavities house especially large and dense mazes of bone and tissue called turbinates. National Geographic, "ADAPTED TO THE EXTREME," 16 June 2020 Is your partner lying next to you, dense with sleep, offensively unconscious? James Parker, The Atlantic, "An Ode to Insomnia," 14 June 2020 Over the century more and more cities grew large, dense and rich. The Economist, "Centres of excellence Covid-19 challenges New York’s future," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of dense

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dense

Latin densus; akin to Greek dasys thick with hair or leaves

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“Dense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dense. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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dense

adjective
How to pronounce dense (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dense

: having parts that are close together
: crowded with people
informal : not smart : not able to understand things easily

dense

adjective
\ ˈdens How to pronounce dense (audio) \
denser; densest

Kids Definition of dense

1 : having its parts crowded together : thick dense vegetation dense fog
2 : stupid sense 1 I'm not dense enough to believe this story.

Other Words from dense

densely adverb a densely populated region

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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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