Meaning of DENSE in English


dense /dens/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: densus ]

1 . made of or containing a lot of things or people that are very close together SYN thick

dense undergrowth/forest/woodland/jungle etc

A narrow track wound steeply up through dense forest.

a dense rurally-based population

2 . difficult to see through or breathe in

dense fog/smoke/cloud

dense black smoke

3 . informal not able to understand things easily SYN stupid :

Am I being dense? I don’t quite understand.

4 . a dense piece of writing is difficult to understand because it contains a lot of information or uses complicated language

5 . technical a substance that is dense has a lot of ↑ mass in relation to its size:

Water is eight hundred times denser than air.

—densely adverb :

a densely populated area

—denseness noun [uncountable]

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■ nouns

▪ dense forest/wood/woodland/jungle

Their helicopter could not land because of the dense jungle.

▪ dense undergrowth (=plants, bushes etc growing around and under trees)

The bird is found mainly in woodland where there is dense undergrowth.

▪ dense vegetation (=plants in general)

The land around here is covered with dense vegetation.

▪ dense foliage (=leaves of a plant or tree)

a thick bushy plant with dense foliage

▪ a dense covering of something

steep-sided mountains with a dense covering of trees

▪ a dense mass

a dense mass of equatorial rainforest

▪ a dense network of something

The country is served by a dense network of roads.

▪ a dense population (=a lot of people living close together)

Britain has a particular problem because of dense population.

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