— densely , adv. — denseness , n.
/dens/ , adj., denser, densest .
1. having the component parts closely compacted together; crowded or compact: a dense forest; dense population.
2. stupid; slow-witted; dull.
3. intense; extreme: dense ignorance.
4. relatively opaque; transmitting little light, as a photographic negative, optical glass, or color.
5. difficult to understand or follow because of being closely packed with ideas or complexities of style: a dense philosophical essay.
6. Math. of or pertaining to a subset of a topological space in which every neighborhood of every point in the space contains at least one point of the subset.
[ 1590-1600; densus thick; c. Gk dasýs ]
Syn. 1. congested, crammed, teeming; impenetrable.