• Dense

    Pronunciation

    • RP IPA: /dɛns/
    • Rhymes: -ɛns

    Origin

    From Middle French dense, from Latin densus.

    Full definition of dense

    Adjective

    dense

    1. Having relatively high density.
    2. Compact; crowded together.
    3. Thick; difficult to penetrate.
      • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, The Mirror and the Lamp Chapter 13, And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them.
    4. Opaque; allowing little light to pass through.
    5. Obscure, or difficult to understand.
    6. (mathematics, topology) Being a subset of a topological space that approximates the space well. See Wikipedia article on dense sets for mathematical definition.
    7. Of a person, slow to comprehend; of low intelligence.

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