When woods are dense, the trees grow close together. When fog is dense, you can't see through it. And if someone calls you dense, they think nothing can get into your thick skull.

Dense comes from the Latin densus which means thick and cloudy. In general, the word means packed tight and gives the sense that something is difficult to get through. Text can be dense in two different ways: when the words are packed closely together on the page, and when the text is filled with big words and complicated thoughts. Either way, reading dense text is just no fun.

Definitions of dense
  1. adjective
    having high relative density or specific gravity
    dense as lead”
    of comparatively great physical weight or density
  2. adjective
    permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter
    dense smoke”
    synonyms: heavy, impenetrable
    relatively dense in consistency
  3. adjective
    hard to pass through because of dense growth
    dense vegetation”
    synonyms: thick
    not admitting of penetration or passage into or through
  4. adjective
    slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
    “so dense he never understands anything I say to him”
    synonyms: dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow
    lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity
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