- The definition of dense is people or things which are crowded together, something that is difficult to get through or someone who is slow to understand.
- An example of dense is a city where a lot of people live in a very small area.
- An example of dense is a thick jungle.
- An example of dense is someone who doesn't understand what "turn left" means.
This city is an example of dense population.
dense definition by Webster's New World
- having the parts crowded together; packed tightly together; compact
- difficult to get through, penetrate, etc.: a dense fog, dense ignorance
- slow to understand; stupid
- Photog. opaque due to a heavy concentration of metallic silver: said of an overexposed or overdeveloped negative
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin densus, compact ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dens-, thick from source Classical Greek dasys, thick (used of hair), Hittite dassuš, strong
dense definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective dens·er, dens·est
- a. Having relatively high density.b. Crowded closely together; compact: a dense population.
- Hard to penetrate; thick: a dense jungle.
- a. Permitting little light to pass through, because of compactness of matter: dense glass; a dense fog.b. Opaque, with good contrast between light and dark areas. Used of a photographic negative.
- Difficult to understand because of complexity or obscurity: a dense novel.
- Slow to apprehend; thickheaded.
Origin: Middle English, from Latin dēnsus.
- denseˈly adverb
- denseˈness noun