- 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 densest
There are men that the densest crowd will part and make way for.The Manxman
The growth was of the densest, mile after mile of dense growth.The Long Roll
They were passing through one of the densest parts of the great forest.The Kentucky Ranger
Edward T. Curnick
The people were pouring from the theatres, and I sought the densest throng.The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance
Paul Elmer More
He was always looking at the ground; in the densest crowds he seemed to be alone.The Goose Man
- 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 densest
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.