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- Having relatively high density.
- Compact; crowded together.
- Thick; difficult to penetrate.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 13, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- 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.
- Opaque; allowing little light to pass through.
- Obscure, or difficult to understand.
- (mathematics, topology) Being a subset of a topological space that approximates the space well. See Wikipedia article on dense sets for mathematical definition.
- Of a person, slow to comprehend; of low intelligence.
- (having relatively high density): solid
- (crowded together): compact, crowded, packed
- (difficult to penetrate): thick, solid
- (allowing little light to pass through): cloudy, opaque
- (difficult to understand): abstruse, difficult, hard, incomprehensible, obscure, tough
- (slow to comprehend): dumb, slow, stupid, thick
- (crowded together): diffuse, few and far between (of things as opposed to one thing), scattered, sparse, rarefied (scientific, to describe gases)
- (difficult to penetrate): thin
- (allowing little light to pass through): clear, diaphanous, see-through, translucent, transparent
- (difficult to understand): clear, comprehensible, easy, simple, straightforward, understandable
- (in mathematics): meager
- (slow to comprehend): bright, canny, intelligent, quick, quick-witted, smart
having relatively high density
compact; crowded together
thick; difficult to penetrate
opaque; allowing little light to pass through
obscure, or difficult to understand
math: being a well-approximating subset
slow to comprehend; of low intelligence
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dense m, f (plural denses)
- “dense” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
From dēnsus (“close, crowded, dēnse”).
- dense in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- dense in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette, s.v. “dense”.