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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dense

Synonyms

close, compact, crowded, jam-packed, packed, serried, thick, tight

Antonyms

airy, loose, open, uncrowded

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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

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.

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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The higher the weight, the more fiber per square foot, the more dense and durable the carpet. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 Viking Tana French — she of the lusciously complex sentences, she of the dense and eerie atmospheres — is one of the greatest crime novelists writing today. Constance Grady, Vox, "Crime novelist Tana French is at her creepy, thoughtful best with The Witch Elm," 12 Oct. 2018 Gregory Longenecker, 51, was fleeing Pennsylvania State Police when the bulldozer ran over him in dense brush, said Berks County District Attorney John Adams. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "DA: Police justified in chasing drug suspect with bulldozer," 28 Aug. 2018 Baths should be located away from dense brush or shrubbery. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "Birdbaths offer cool dip and sip in summer heat," 5 June 2018 The fabric is reasonably robust for activities that don't involve belly crawling through dense brush, and its excellent breathability pairs well with the total wind blocking when using the jacket as part of a layering system. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Hardshell Jacket of Your Ultralight Dreams," 24 May 2018 Sona poured a lightweight foundation with SPF on the back of her hand and used a dense brush to blend it into her skin. Eden Univer, Cosmopolitan, "Get Sona Gasparian's Spring Look Featuring Only Drugstore Products," 13 Mar. 2018 After all, our region’s natural ecosystem is a dense coniferous forest that supports thousands of unique plant and animal species. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 Previously, scientists thought the layer was simply dense connective tissue. National Geographic, "New Human 'Organ' Was Hiding in Plain Sight," 27 Mar. 2018

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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

adjective

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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