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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dense, heavy, impenetrableadjective

    permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter

    "dense smoke"; "heavy fog"; "impenetrable gloom"

  2. dense, thickadjective

    hard to pass through because of dense growth

    "dense vegetation"; "thick woods"

  3. denseadjective

    having high relative density or specific gravity

    "dense as lead"

  4. dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slowadjective

    slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

    "so dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with the slow students"


  1. denseadjective

    Having relatively high density.

  2. denseadjective

    Compact; crowded together.

  3. denseadjective

    Thick; difficult to penetrate.

  4. denseadjective

    Opaque; allowing little light to pass through.

  5. denseadjective

    Obscure, or difficult to understand.

  6. denseadjective

    Being a subset of a topological space that approximates the space well. See Wikipedia article on s for mathematical definition.

  7. denseadjective

    Of a person, slow to comprehend; of low intelligence.

  8. Etymology: From densus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DENSEadjective

    Close; compact; approaching to solidity; having small interstices between the constituent particles.

    Etymology: densus, Latin.

    The cause of cold is the density of the body; for all dense bodies are colder than most other bodies, as metals, stone, glass; and they are longer in heating than softer bodies. Francis Bacon.

    In the air the higher you go, the less it is compressed, and consequently the less dense it is; and so the upper part is exceedingly thinner than the lower part which we breathe. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Denseadjective

    having the constituent parts massed or crowded together; close; compact; thick; containing much matter in a small space; heavy; opaque; as, a dense crowd; a dense forest; a dense fog

  2. Denseadjective

    stupid; gross; crass; as, dense ignorance

  3. Etymology: [L. densus; akin to Gr. thick with hair or leaves: cf. F. dense.]


  1. Dense

    Dense is a 2004 American television short film directed and written by Vanessa Williams and Shari Poindexter, and aired on the TV channel Showtime.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dense

    dens, adj. thick, close, compact: impenetrably stupid.—n. a thicket.—adv. Dense′ly.—ns. Dense′ness; Dens′ity, the quality of being dense: the proportion of mass to bulk or volume: the quantity of matter per unit of bulk. [L. densus, thick.]


  1. Dense

    thickly crowded together.

Anagrams for dense »

  1. denes

  2. needs

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dense in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dense in a Sentence

  1. Ulrich Faul:

    Diamonds are a perfect match because they're a little bit more dense, but we don't need a lot of them.

  2. Arif Noor:

    The population is dense, but at the same time they're everywhere -- up in the mountains, down in the valleys, with landslides, the situation is even worse.

  3. Patrick Roberts:

    Town planners today in tropical regions are adopting the dispersed approach in cities rather than the dense vertical approach, so actually even today we’re now realizing that what they were doing in the past was the best way to support dense populations in a given region.

  4. Nikki Fried:

    These added fuels and dense pockets of vegetation from Hurricane Michael in 2018 increased the intensity of wildfires and can be difficult at times to suppress them.

  5. Police Cpl. Julie Courchaine:

    Theres lots of dense bush, forest, swampy area, so it is very challenging.

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