dense

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.

Primary Meanings of dense

1.
adj
having high relative density or specific gravity
2.
adj
hard to pass through because of dense growth
3.
adj
slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
Full Definitions of dense
1

adj having high relative density or specific gravity

dense as lead”
Synonyms:
heavy
of comparatively great physical weight or density

adj permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter

dense smoke”
Synonyms:
heavy, impenetrable
thick
relatively dense in consistency
2

adj hard to pass through because of dense growth

dense vegetation”
Synonyms:
thick
impenetrable
not admitting of penetration or passage into or through
3

adj slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

“so dense he never understands anything I say to him”
Synonyms:
dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow
stupid
lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity

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