- 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 denser
The plot of the film runs secondary to the spectacle, and is denser than a TED conference.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing
November 7, 2014
PHA, on the other hand, is denser than water, and thus sinks to the bottom.Your Favorite Facewash Is Hurting Nemo
Alexa C. Kurzius
June 18, 2014
The stories are denser and the first seven episodes are their own arc.7 Things to Know About the Final Season of ‘Mad Men’
March 12, 2014
Denser places with bigger cities are, to put it simply, richer.
Denser cities grow faster for reasons that Jane Jacobs, Robert Lucas, Edward Glaeser, and I have identified.
What would crush a swift-thinking man is upborne by the denser tide.Weighed and Wanting
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
Neptune is denser than Saturn, which, by the hypothesis, it ought not to be.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
Denser and denser grew the gloom, and now there was a roaring as of a great wind.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- 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 denser
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.