from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Having relatively high density.
- adjective Crowded closely together; compact.
- adjective Hard to penetrate; thick.
- adjective Permitting little light to pass through, because of compactness of matter.
- adjective Opaque, with good contrast between light and dark areas. Used of a photographic negative.
- adjective Difficult to understand because of complexity or obscurity.
- adjective Slow to apprehend; thickheaded.
from The Century Dictionary.
- In optics, having a large index of refraction; capable of transmitting light at a less velocity than the velocity of light-waves in vacuo.
- Having great or unusual consistency of elements or closeness of parts; closely compacted or conglomerated; compact; close; thick: as, a dense body; a dense cloud or fog; a dense panicle of flowers.
- In zoology, closely set; separated by very small intervals: as. dense punctures, hairs, etc.
- In photography, more or less opaque; strong in the contrast of lights and shades: said of a negative exhibiting these characteristics, and capable of giving a brilliant print, or even, if it be too dense, a harsh one, as distinguished from a weak or thin negative, the picture on which presents small contrasts, while its film is inclined to be more or less transparent, even in the lights, and the resulting print is flat. Also expressed by strong and intense.
- Figuratively, without break or interruption; difficult to penetrate; solid and heavy: as, dense ignorance; dense wit; dense stupidity.
- Thick-headed; obtuse; stolid; stupid; dull.
- Synonyms Condensed, compressed.
- noun A thicket.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Having the constituent parts massed or crowded together; close; compact; thick; containing much matter in a small space; heavy; opaque
- adjective Stupid; gross; crass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Having
relatively high density.
Compact; crowded together.
Thick; difficultto penetrate.
Opaque; allowing little lightto pass through.
Obscure, or difficult to understand.
- adjective mathematics, topology Being a
subsetof a topologicalspace that approximates the space well. See Wikipedia article on dense sets for mathematical definition.
- adjective Of a person,
slowto comprehend; of low intelligence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective having high relative density or specific gravity
- adjective permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
- adjective hard to pass through because of dense growth
- adjective slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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].
Agent Orange was the code name of a herbicide developed for the military to prohibit enemy concealment in dense terrain by defoliating trees and shrubbery where the enemy could hide.
Masked warrior had pated dust on body, disappear in dense smother and fog.
Karl Hansen "Sergeant Pepper"; it's easy to imagine Cameron writing a plot for "Avatar" after having red Hansens novel; soldiers "protecting" exploatation of Titan inhabited by genetically engeneered humans - creatures taller than average Homo sapiens and able to "glide" in dense atmosphere.
[O] fficials on Tuesday said that a pheasant hunter from Alaska shot and killed a sow grizzly in dense brush east of U.S. Highway 89 and about 8 miles north of Choteau on Monday ....
Or to elaborate on another, what if innovation and investment occurs at a more rapid pace because of activities conducted by elites in dense cities?
“Interactive individuals sacrifice something by locating in dense tracts.”
We've enveloped world in dense chain of supermarkets with global trade, we can eat food from around the world.
“That residents living in dense census tracts have fewer confidants.”
The blocks are covered in dense comic art that reminds me of the Sergio Argones marginalia in MAD Magazine -- a million zillion sight gags on the theme of "Oh God the baby is coming to destroy us all!"