- 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
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Examples from the Web for denseness
This is not dumbness, or denseness, or illiteracy, but belligerent unenlightenment.Ignorant America
August 30, 2010
Darkness of smoke, denseness of forest growth, treachery of swampy soil!The Long Roll
But the denseness of the throng held her fixed even while revolvers flashed.A Texas Ranger
William MacLeod Raine
There is a kind of opinionativeness and denseness that offend.The Quest
Frederik van Eeden
But whether vino, or denseness on his part, she was sure of the veritas.Nothing But the Truth
Frederic S. Isham
Here and there a yellow light struggled to pierce the denseness of the gloom.The Secret Mark
Roy J. Snell
- thickly crowded or closely seta dense crowd
- thick; impenetrablea 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
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.