dense

[ dens ]
/ dɛns /

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.

Origin of dense

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

SYNONYMS FOR dense

1 congested, crammed, teeming; impenetrable.

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dense

/ (dɛns) /

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 Forms

densely, 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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