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

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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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 Larger trees with more dense wood, such as massaranduba, can endure a little longer. Meghie Rodrigues, Scientific American, "Why Amazon Trees Are Especially Vulnerable to This Year’s Fires," 13 Sep. 2019 For instance, Baltimore led the way in implementing a program created in the 1990s that sought to reduce concentrated poverty by replacing sprawling public housing complexes and high-rises with less dense, mixed-income developments. Danielle Ohl, ProPublica, "Trump Called Baltimore “Vermin Infested” While the Federal Government Fails to Clean Up Rodents in Subsidized Housing," 14 Aug. 2019 But now cities are taking the plunge, courting new development and swaddling long stretches of pavement with dense housing. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "East Bay cities look to reinvent and reinvigorate aging, car-oriented corridors," 27 July 2019 Proposed legislation aimed at making it easier to build more dense housing in California has stalled amid opposition, mostly from suburban homeowners resistant to new development. Nour Malas, WSJ, "Google Makes Housing Commitment Valued at $1 Billion," 18 June 2019 Most rollers that are solid tubes of foam, like this one from OPTP, are going to be softer and less dense. Amy Marturana, SELF, "How to Shop for a Foam Roller," 30 Mar. 2019 Solid objects like stones or buildings appear subtly more dense. Han Kang, Harper's magazine, "White Out," 10 Feb. 2019 Jars of dense, black volcanic soils from Sicily and clay-limestone soils behind bold sangiovese wines from Tuscany, Rinaudi explains, enhance the appreciation of the wine itself. Simran Sethi, Washington Post, "Banca del Vino celebrates Italian winemaking by honoring time and place," 13 Sep. 2019 There are myriad options here, lighter and heavier — fresh, lovely ingredients keep them nutrient dense, too, which means those calories have worth! Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Good vibes reggae, eats at 3Natives | Review," 12 Sep. 2019

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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
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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