Dense

  • 1dense — [ dɑ̃s ] adj. • fin XIVe; lat. densus « épais » 1 ♦ Qui est compact, épais. Brouillard dense. ⇒ impénétrable. Le feuillage dense des arbres. ⇒ abondant, serré, touffu. ♢ Une foule dense, nombreuse et rassemblée. Circulation très dense. 2 ♦… …

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  • 2Dense — Dense, a. [L. densus; akin to Gr. ? thick with hair or leaves: cf. F. dense.] 1. Having the constituent parts massed or crowded together; close; compact; thick; containing much matter in a small space; heavy; opaque; as, a dense crowd; a dense… …

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  • 3dense — [dens] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: densus] 1.) made of or containing a lot of things or people that are very close together = ↑thick dense undergrowth/forest/woodland/jungle etc ▪ A narrow track wound steeply up through dense forest. ▪ …

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  • 4dense — [ dens ] adjective * ▸ 1 with close things/people ▸ 2 smoke/gas: thick ▸ 3 person: stupid ▸ 4 not easy to understand ▸ 5 substance: heavy 1. ) with a lot of trees, plants, or leaves growing close together: dense undergrowth a ) containing a lot… …

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  • 5dense´ly — dense «dehns», adjective, dens|er dens|est. 1. closely packed together; thick: »a dense forest, a dense fog. Dense patches of briers are difficult to walk through. SYNONYM(S): compact, close …

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  • 6dense — dense; dense·ly; dense·ness; su·per·dense; con·dense; …

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  • 7dense — DENSE. adj. des 2 g. Terme didactique. Épais, compacte, dont les parties sont serrées. Corps dense. L eau est plus dense que l air. Il est opposé à Rare …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • 8dense — early 15c., from M.Fr. dense and directly from L. densus thick, crowded; cloudy, perhaps from PIE root *dens dense, thick (Cf. Gk. dasus hairy, shaggy ). Sense of stupid is first recorded 1822 …

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  • 9dense — DENSE. adj. de tout genre. Epais, compacte, dont les parties sont serrées. Corps dense. l eau est plus dense que l air …

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  • 10dense — [dens] adj. denser, densest [ME < L densus, compact < IE base * dens , thick > Gr dasys, thick (used of hair), Hittite dassuš, strong] 1. having the parts crowded together; packed tightly together; compact 2. difficult to get through,… …

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  • 11dense — [adj1] compressed, thick close, closeknit, compact, condensed, crammed, crowded, heaped, heavy, impenetrable, jammed, jampacked*, massed, opaque, packed, packed like sardines*, piled, solid, substantial, thickset; concept 483 Ant. open, scattered …

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  • 12dense — index cohesive (compact), impervious, obtuse, opaque, ossified, ponderous, populous, rife …

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  • 13dense — 1 compact, *close, thick Analogous words: consolidated, concentrated, compacted (see COMPACT vb): compressed, condensed (see CONTRACT vb): massed, heaped, piled, stacked (see HEAP vb) Antonyms: sparse (of population, forests): tenuous (of clouds …

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  • 14dense — ► ADJECTIVE 1) closely compacted in substance. 2) crowded closely together. 3) informal stupid. DERIVATIVES densely adverb denseness noun. ORIGIN Latin densus …

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  • 15dense — 01. It took us hours to hike through the [dense] undergrowth of the forest to the beach. 02. Earth s atmosphere is 1000 times less [dense] than water. 03. The fog was so [dense] that we had to stop the car and wait for it to clear. 04. The dry… …

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  • 16dense — [[t]de̱ns[/t]] denser, densest 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is dense contains a lot of things or people in a small area. Where Bucharest now stands, there once was a large, dense forest... Its fur is short, dense and silky... They went out on to… …

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  • 17dense — (dan s ) adj. 1°   Dans son sens primitif, épais, compacte, dont les parties nous paraissent plus épaisses ou plus serrées. Un air dense. Une vapeur dense. 2°   Par extension, et c est le sens le plus habituel, il se dit d un corps dont le poids… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 18dense — adjective (denser; densest) Etymology: Latin densus; akin to Greek dasys thick with hair or leaves Date: 15th century 1. a. marked by compactness or crowding together of parts < dense vegetation > < dense traffic > …

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  • 19dense */ — UK [dens] / US adjective Word forms dense : adjective dense comparative denser superlative densest 1) a) with a lot of trees, plants, or leaves growing close together dense woodland b) containing a lot of things or people close together a dense&#8230; …

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  • 20dense — adjective 1 CLOSE TOGETHER made of several things that are closely packed together: He forced his way through the dense crowd. | Dense jungle covered the whole area. 2 SMOKE/MIST difficult to see through or breathe in: dense fog | a dense black&#8230; …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English