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 But Sassos believes cutting out nutrient-dense veggies and other complex carbohydrates could do damage to much more than just your waistline. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "The Best (And Worst!) Diets of 2020, According to a Registered Dietitian," 2 Mar. 2020 In my area, honeysuckle leaves not only remain green during the late season, but the dense stands also provide bedding and security cover for hungry whitetails. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Late-Season Deer Foods," 6 Jan. 2020 For the tamal, the dense, starchy dough is steamed in a banana leaf, along with a bit of carnitas, brisket, or vegetables, a green olive or two, and a few capers—a perfect package on its own. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Warming Up Guatemalan Style in Brooklyn," 3 Jan. 2020 Farther south, locations from Salem to about Eugene were under a dense fog advisory. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Several soaking systems heading this way starting tonight," 18 Dec. 2019 To make a significant dent, many experts say the country's farm animal sector—the densest in the world—must shrink and recycle more of its nitrogen. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Nitrogen crisis from jam-packed livestock operations has ‘paralyzed’ Dutch economy," 4 Dec. 2019 Flames scorched the subway entrance as plumes of dense, gray smoke surged skyward. Time, "Hong Kong’s Subway System Was Once the City's Pride and Joy. Now It's a Target for Violent Protest," 25 Oct. 2019 The accompanying bowl of dense congee cut the intense, punchy flavor. Liza Weisstuch, chicagotribune.com, "Getting a taste of Singapore’s famously flavorful street food," 14 Oct. 2019 The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for most of Greater Cincinnati until 10 a.m., including Butler, Warren and Clermont counties. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati weather: Foggy morning, then isolated showers, thunderstorms on Wednesday," 14 Aug. 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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The first known use of dense was in the 15th century

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“Dense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dense. Accessed 1 Apr. 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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