- 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.
- 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.
- (having relatively high density):
- (crowded together): diffuse, few and far between (of things as opposed to one thing), scattered, sparse, rarefied (scientific, to describe gases)
- (difficult to penetrate): thin
- (allowing little light to pass through): clear, diaphanous, see-through, translucent, transparent
- (difficult to understand): clear, comprehensible, easy, simple, straightforward, understandable
- (in mathematics): meager
- (slow to comprehend): bright, canny, intelligent, quick, quick-witted, smart