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From Proto-Indo-European *dens- (thick, dense); related to Ancient Greek δασύς (dasús, hairy, shaggy, dense).



dēnsus (feminine dēnsa, neuter dēnsum, comparative dēnsior, superlative dēnsissimus, adverb dēnsē); first/second-declension adjective

  1. dense, compact
    Synonyms: stīpātus, crēber
  2. crowded, close
  3. frequent


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative dēnsus dēnsa dēnsum dēnsī dēnsae dēnsa
Genitive dēnsī dēnsae dēnsī dēnsōrum dēnsārum dēnsōrum
Dative dēnsō dēnsō dēnsīs
Accusative dēnsum dēnsam dēnsum dēnsōs dēnsās dēnsa
Ablative dēnsō dēnsā dēnsō dēnsīs
Vocative dēnse dēnsa dēnsum dēnsī dēnsae dēnsa

Derived terms[edit]


  • Catalan: dens
  • Dalmatian: dais
  • Galician: denso
  • Italian: denso
  • Middle French: dense
  • Portuguese: denso
  • Romanian: des
  • Spanish: denso
  • Welsh: dwys


  • densus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • densus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • densus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette