dense

[dens]

adjective, dens·er, dens·est.

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.

Nearby words

  1. denouement,
  2. denounce,
  3. denpasar,
  4. dens,
  5. dens in dente,
  6. densely,
  7. densify,
  8. densimeter,
  9. densimetric,
  10. densitometer

Origin of dense

1590–1600; < Latin dēnsus thick; cognate with Greek dasýs

SYNONYMS FOR dense
1. congested, crammed, teeming; impenetrable.

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British Dictionary definitions for densely

dense

adjective

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
Derived Formsdensely, adverbdenseness, noun

Word Origin for dense

C15: from Latin densus thick; related to Greek dasus thickly covered with hair or leaves

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Word Origin and History for densely

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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