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dense

[dens] /dɛns/
adjective, denser, densest.
1.
having the component parts closely compacted together; crowded or compact:
a dense forest; dense population.
2.
stupid; slow-witted; dull.
3.
intense; extreme:
dense ignorance.
4.
relatively opaque; transmitting little light, as a photographic negative, optical glass, or color.
5.
difficult to understand or follow because of being closely packed with ideas or complexities of style:
a dense philosophical essay.
6.
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
1590-1600; < Latin dēnsus thick; cognate with Greek dasýs
Related forms
densely, adverb
denseness, noun
nondenseness, noun
superdense, adjective
ultradense, adjective
Synonyms
1. congested, crammed, teeming; impenetrable.
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  • What would crush a swift-thinking man is upborne by the denser tide.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Along the denser shadows the three crept to a position in the rear of the natives.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • A shoot of gold which is darker and denser than the rest is called adamant.

    Timaeus Plato
  • Neptune is denser than Saturn, which, by the hypothesis, it ought not to be.

  • denser and denser grew the gloom, and now there was a roaring as of a great wind.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for denser

dense

/dɛns/
adjective
1.
thickly crowded or closely set: a dense crowd
2.
thick; impenetrable: a dense fog
3.
(physics) having a high density
4.
stupid; dull; obtuse
5.
(of a photographic negative) having many dark or exposed areas
6.
(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
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Word Origin and History for denser

dense

adj.

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.

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