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[dens] /dɛns/
adjective, denser, densest.
having the component parts closely compacted together; crowded or compact:
a dense forest; dense population.
stupid; slow-witted; dull.
intense; extreme:
dense ignorance.
relatively opaque; transmitting little light, as a photographic negative, optical glass, or color.
difficult to understand or follow because of being closely packed with ideas or complexities of style:
a dense philosophical essay.
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; < Latin dēnsus thick; cognate with Greek dasýs
Related forms
densely, adverb
denseness, noun
nondenseness, noun
superdense, adjective
ultradense, adjective
1. congested, crammed, teeming; impenetrable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for denser
  • But the bun is bigger, denser, swaddling the dog in a doughy embrace.
  • The denser the stuffing in the bird, the more time it will take to get it to a safe temperature.
  • The peaks of those oscillations represent regions that were slightly denser than the rest of the universe.
  • By nightfall, the shower of debris had grown denser-and deadlier.
  • It seemed to advance and to recede as the hail drove before it denser or thinner.
  • For the septum of the heart is of a denser and more compact structure than any portion of the body, except the bones and sinews.
  • She was excessively pale, and her pallor made her dark hair seem denser and heavier than ever.
  • Therefore, all else being equal a denser city will be a better policed city.
  • On the hilltops will be focal points--greens surrounded by a denser perimeter of houses and one or two shops.
  • The idea could mean that neutron stars, as researchers call the stellar corpses, are denser than anyone expected.
British Dictionary definitions for denser


thickly crowded or closely set: a dense crowd
thick; impenetrable: a dense fog
(physics) having a high density
stupid; dull; obtuse
(of a photographic negative) having many dark or exposed areas
(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 denser



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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