Definition of dense
1a : marked by compactness or crowding together of parts <dense vegetation> <dense traffic>b chemistry : having a high mass (see 2mass 1c) per unit volume (see 1volume 3) <Carbon dioxide is a dense gas.> <The cake was overly sweet and dense.>
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 2) <a dense fog> <a dense photographic negative>
densenessplay \ˈden(t)-snəs\ noun
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.
Origin and Etymology of dense
Latin densus; akin to Greek dasys thick with hair or leaves
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of dense
DENSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dense for English Language Learners
: having parts that are close together
: crowded with people
: not smart : not able to understand things easily
DENSE Defined for Kids
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