This city is an example of dense population.
- 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.
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.
- 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 of denseMiddle 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
- 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 of denseMiddle English from Latin dēnsus
(comparative denser, superlative densest)
- Having relatively high density.
- Compact; crowded together.
- Thick; difficult to penetrate.
- Opaque; allowing little light to pass through.
- Obscure, or difficult to understand.
- (mathematics, topology) Being a subset of a topological space that approximates the space well. See dense sets for mathematical definition.
- Of a person, slow to comprehend; of low intelligence.
From Middle French dense, from Latin densus.