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dense

[dens] /dɛns/
adjective, denser, densest.
1.
having the component parts closely compacted together; crowded or compact:
a dense forest; dense population.
2.
stupid; slow-witted; dull.
3.
intense; extreme:
dense ignorance.
4.
relatively opaque; transmitting little light, as a photographic negative, optical glass, or color.
5.
difficult to understand or follow because of being closely packed with ideas or complexities of style:
a dense philosophical essay.
6.
Mathematics. of or relating to a subset of a topological space in which every neighborhood of every point in the space contains at least one point of the subset.
Origin of dense
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin dēnsus thick; cognate with Greek dasýs
Related forms
densely, adverb
denseness, noun
nondenseness, noun
superdense, adjective
ultradense, adjective
Synonyms
1. congested, crammed, teeming; impenetrable.
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  • At first he was thought an enemy, who in the denseness of the undergrowth had passed our lines on a tour of observation.

    History of Kershaw's Brigade D. Augustus Dickert
  • Darkness of smoke, denseness of forest growth, treachery of swampy soil!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • To penetrate far inland, however, was not so easy, owing to the denseness of the vegetation.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • But the denseness of the throng held her fixed even while revolvers flashed.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • In a moment, cart, horse, and driver were swallowed up in the denseness of the night.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
  • Such is the enormity of our sin, and the denseness of our ignorance when we shut God out of our business affairs.

    What and Where is God? Richard La Rue Swain
  • Here and there a yellow light struggled to pierce the denseness of the gloom.

    The Secret Mark Roy J. Snell
  • Around them stretched the forests, all shadow and denseness and gloom and loneliness and mystery.

    The Tour Louis Couperus
  • Neither Jack nor his wife would understand what he meant—their denseness was impenetrable.

    Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for denseness

dense

/dɛns/
adjective
1.
thickly crowded or closely set: a dense crowd
2.
thick; impenetrable: a dense fog
3.
(physics) having a high density
4.
stupid; dull; obtuse
5.
(of a photographic negative) having many dark or exposed areas
6.
(of an optical glass, colour, etc) transmitting little or no light
Derived Forms
densely, adverb
denseness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin densus thick; related to Greek dasus thickly covered with hair or leaves
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Word Origin and History for denseness

dense

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French dense and directly from Latin densus "thick, crowded; cloudy," perhaps from PIE root *dens- "dense, thick" (cf. Greek dasus "hairy, shaggy"). Sense of "stupid" is first recorded 1822.

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