AskDefine | Define dense

Dictionary Definition

dense adj
1 permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter; "dense smoke"; "heavy fog"; "impenetrable gloom" [syn: heavy, impenetrable]
2 closely crowded together; "a compact shopping center"; "a dense population"; "thick crowds" [syn: compact, thick]
3 hard to pass through because of dense growth; "dense vegetation"; "thick woods" [syn: thick]
4 having high relative density or specific gravity; "dense as lead"
5 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" [syn: dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From densus.

Pronunciation

  • /dɛns/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛns

Adjective

  1. Having relatively high density.
  2. Compact; crowded together.
  3. Thick; difficult to penetrate.
  4. Opaque; allowing little light to pass through.
  5. Obscure , or difficult to understand.
  6. Of a person, slow to comprehend; of low intelligence.

Translations

French

Etymology

From densus.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. dense

Related terms

Italian

Adjective

Latin

Etymology

From densus.

Adverb

  1. closely, in rapid succession

Related terms

References

  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Extensive Definition

Density and dense usually refer to a measure of how much of some entity is within a fixed amount of other space. Types of density include:
In physics:
In mathematics:
In other scientific fields:
Density can also refer to:
dense in Afrikaans: Digtheid (dubbelsinnig)
dense in Aragonese: Densidat
dense in Spanish: Densidad (desambiguación)
dense in French: Densité (homonymie)
dense in Indonesian: Kerapatan
dense in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Densitate (disambiguation)
dense in Hebrew: צפיפות
dense in Dutch: Dichtheid
dense in Uzbek: Zichlik
dense in Russian: Плотность (значения)
dense in Thai: ความหนาแน่น (แก้ความกำกวม)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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