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DENSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dense mean? 

DENSE (adjective)
  The adjective DENSE has 5 senses:

1. permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
2. having component parts closely crowded together
3. hard to pass through because of dense growth
4. having high relative density or specific gravity
5. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

  Familiarity information: DENSE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DENSE (adjective)


Sense 1dense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

dense; impenetrable; heavy

Context examples:

dense smoke / heavy fog / impenetrable gloom

Similar:

thick (relatively dense in consistency)


Sense 2dense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having component parts closely crowded together

Synonyms:

thick; dense; compact

Context examples:

a compact shopping center / a dense population / thick crowds / a thick forest / thick hair

Similar:

concentrated (gathered together or made less diffuse)


Sense 3dense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hard to pass through because of dense growth

Synonyms:

dense; thick

Context examples:

dense vegetation / thick woods

Similar:

impenetrable (not admitting of penetration or passage into or through)


Sense 4dense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having high relative density or specific gravity

Context example:

dense as lead

Similar:

heavy (of comparatively great physical weight or density)


Sense 5dense [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

Synonyms:

dumb; slow; obtuse; dense; dim; dull

Context examples:

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 / dumb officials make some really dumb decisions / he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse / worked with the slow students

Similar:

stupid (lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity)


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