(usually uncountable, plural densenesses)
- The quality of being dense, especially in the sense of limited mental capacity.
The word density is more commonly used for the quality of being dense in the physical sense, though both terms are occasionally used interchangeably.
Variant of dense
- 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