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[dens] /dɛns/
adjective, denser, densest.
having the component parts closely compacted together; crowded or compact:
a dense forest; dense population.
stupid; slow-witted; dull.
intense; extreme:
dense ignorance.
relatively opaque; transmitting little light, as a photographic negative, optical glass, or color.
difficult to understand or follow because of being closely packed with ideas or complexities of style:
a dense philosophical essay.
Mathematics. of or relating to a subset of a topological space in which every neighborhood of every point in the space contains at least one point of the subset.
Origin of dense
1590-1600; < Latin dēnsus thick; cognate with Greek dasýs
Related forms
densely, adverb
denseness, noun
nondenseness, noun
superdense, adjective
ultradense, adjective
1. congested, crammed, teeming; impenetrable. Unabridged
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  • At first he was thought an enemy, who in the denseness of the undergrowth had passed our lines on a tour of observation.

    History of Kershaw's Brigade D. Augustus Dickert
  • Darkness of smoke, denseness of forest growth, treachery of swampy soil!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • To penetrate far inland, however, was not so easy, owing to the denseness of the vegetation.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • But the denseness of the throng held her fixed even while revolvers flashed.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • In a moment, cart, horse, and driver were swallowed up in the denseness of the night.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • Such is the enormity of our sin, and the denseness of our ignorance when we shut God out of our business affairs.

    What and Where is God? Richard La Rue Swain
  • Here and there a yellow light struggled to pierce the denseness of the gloom.

    The Secret Mark Roy J. Snell
  • His denseness irritated Blinky slightly, with the result that the right side of his face again underwent an alarming convulsion.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Neither Jack nor his wife would understand what he meant—their denseness was impenetrable.

    Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for denseness


thickly crowded or closely set: a dense crowd
thick; impenetrable: a dense fog
(physics) having a high density
stupid; dull; obtuse
(of a photographic negative) having many dark or exposed areas
(of an optical glass, colour, etc) transmitting little or no light
Derived Forms
densely, adverb
denseness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin densus thick; related to Greek dasus thickly covered with hair or leaves
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for denseness



early 15c., from Middle French dense and directly from Latin densus "thick, crowded; cloudy," perhaps from PIE root *dens- "dense, thick" (cf. Greek dasus "hairy, shaggy"). Sense of "stupid" is first recorded 1822.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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