adjective \ˈden(t)s\

Definition of dense




  1. 1a :  marked by compactness or crowding together of parts dense vegetation dense trafficb chemistry :  having a high mass (see 2mass 1c) per unit volume (see 1volume 2) Carbon dioxide is a dense gas. The cake was overly sweet and dense.

  2. 2a :  slow to understand :  stupid, thickheaded was too dense to get the jokeb :  extreme dense ignorance

  3. 3 mathematics :  having between any two elements at least one element The set of rational numbers is dense.

  4. 4 :  demanding concentration to follow or comprehend dense prose

  5. 5 :  having high or relatively high opacity (see opacity 2) a dense fog a dense photographic negative




play \ˈden(t)-snəs\ noun

Examples of dense in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of dense

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

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

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


adjective \ˈdens\

Definition of dense for Students




  1. 1 :  having its parts crowded together :  thick dense vegetation dense fog

  2. 2 :  stupid 1 I'm not dense enough to believe this story.


adverb a densely populated region

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