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adj. dens·er, dens·est
a. Having relatively high density.
b. Crowded closely together; compact: a dense population.
2. Hard to penetrate; thick: a dense jungle.
a. Permitting little light to pass through, because of compactness of matter: dense glass; a dense fog.
b. Opaque, with good contrast between light and dark areas. Used of a photographic negative.
4. Difficult to understand because of complexity or obscurity: a dense novel.
5. Slow to apprehend; thickheaded.

[Middle English, from Latin dēnsus.]

dense′ly adv.
dense′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.denseness - the quality of being mentally slow and limited
stupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience
2.denseness - the spatial property of being crowded together
spatial arrangement, spacing - the property possessed by an array of things that have space between them
3.denseness - the amount per unit sizedenseness - the amount per unit size    
compactness - the consistency of a compact solid
bits per inch, bpi - a measure of how densely information is packed on a storage medium
flux density, flux - (physics) the number of changes in energy flow across a given surface per unit area
absorbance, optical density, photographic density, transmission density - (physics) a measure of the extent to which a substance transmits light or other electromagnetic radiation
low density, rarity, tenuity - a rarified quality; "the tenuity of the upper atmosphere"
relative density - the ratio of the density of something to the density of a standard


[ˈdensnɪs] N
1. (= stupidity) → estupidez f
2. = density


(= thickness)Dichte f
(= concentrated nature)Gedrängtheit f; (= excessive complexity)Überladenheit f
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Others, still a numerous class, were restless in their movements, had flushed faces, and talked and gesticulated to themselves, as if feeling in solitude on account of the very denseness of the company around.
Taking advantage of the denseness of the trees, he came close to the house and skirted round it.
Crushed was the artist, sorry for the denseness of connoisseurs was his wife, till the work was bought by a dealer for an anonymous client, and then elated were they both, and relieved also to discover that I was not the buyer.
Calming to both the palate and the eye, the earthy denseness of the mushrooms and coral pink salmon blend beautifully with the Chinese green vegetables and tastes sublime.
Its diversity is its strength, from the stately River Rhine to the undulating hills and valleys of the Black Forest, so called because the denseness makes it difficult for light to penetrate the foliage.
But in this semi-surreal early morning drive, my eyes ``see'' something akin to golden Maya temples rising from the denseness of the dark jungles.
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The fiercest criticisms were for the denseness of the rough so close to the fairways, but both Bonallack and Campbell have denied this was aided by the use of fertilisers.
Create a jungle-like feel by including climbers and creepers of any sort - they add to the denseness and help to complete the tropical effect.
Findlay's adaptation of and enlargement upon the idea splits the denseness of the thatch with light and at the same time eliminates possible waterlogging in a damp climate.
Aronofsky fills his work with visual images of spirals and grids, accentuating the paranoia, disorientation techniques and denseness of the conceit with camera trickery, and references to chaos theory and Archimedes, not to mention brains in sinks and a spot of headache curing Black and Decker DIY surgery.
And Melanie Griffith, despite adding an amusing extra level of denseness to Lolita's luckless mom Charlotte, can't erase the memory of Shelly Winters' grotesque/pathetic '60s incarnation.