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dense

[dens]
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adjective, dens·er, dens·est.
  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.
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Origin of dense

1590–1600; < Latin dēnsus thick; cognate with Greek dasýs
Related formsdense·ly, adverbdense·ness, nounnon·dense·ness, nounsu·per·dense, adjectiveul·tra·dense, adjective

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1. congested, crammed, teeming; impenetrable.
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Examples from the Web for densest

Historical Examples

  • There are men that the densest crowd will part and make way for.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • The growth was of the densest, mile after mile of dense growth.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • 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.

  • He was always looking at the ground; in the densest crowds he seemed to be alone.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann


British Dictionary definitions for densest

dense

adjective
  1. thickly crowded or closely seta dense crowd
  2. thick; impenetrablea 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
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Derived Formsdensely, adverbdenseness, 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 densest

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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