Definition of "dense" []

  • Having relatively high density. (adjective)
  • Crowded closely together; compact: a dense population. (adjective)
  • Hard to penetrate; thick: a dense jungle. (adjective)
  • Permitting little light to pass through, because of compactness of matter: dense glass; a dense fog. (adjective)
  • Opaque, with good contrast between light and dark areas. Used of a photographic negative. (adjective)
  • Thickly crowded or closely set (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Thick; impenetrable (adjective)
  • Having a high density (adjective)
  • Stupid; dull; obtuse (adjective)
  • (of a photographic negative) having many dark or exposed areas (adjective)
  • (of an optical glass, colour, etc) transmitting little or no light (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "dense" in a sentence
  • "If, then, what we call a dense body is so by reason of the presence of many qualities, that plenitude of qualities will be the cause [of the inhibition]."
  • "“Interactive individuals sacrifice something by locating in dense tracts.”"
  • "“That residents living in dense census tracts have fewer confidants.”"