Dense meaning

dĕns
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.

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Of a person, slow to comprehend; of low intelligence.
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Difficult to understand because of complexity or obscurity.

A dense novel.

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Slow to understand; stupid.
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Having the parts crowded together; packed tightly together; compact.
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Difficult to get through, penetrate, etc.

A dense fog, dense ignorance.

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Opaque due to a heavy concentration of metallic silver.
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Opaque; allowing little light to pass through.
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Obscure, or difficult to understand.
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(mathematics, topology) Being a subset of a topological space that approximates the space well. See dense sets for mathematical definition.
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Hard to penetrate; thick.

A dense jungle.

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Slow to apprehend; thickheaded.
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Origin of dense

  • Middle English from Latin dēnsus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French dense, from Latin densus.

    From Wiktionary