Meaning of densely in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɛnsli/

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  • 1In a closely compacted or crowded manner; thickly.

    ‘a densely populated country’
    • ‘densely packed layers’
    • ‘the best way to keep weeds at bay is to plant densely’
    • ‘The paintings feature window-like vistas of the ocean that relieve the densely decorated foregrounds.’
    • ‘Studies in Costa Rica showed that screwworm flies prefer thick, densely forested areas to open pastures.’
    • ‘Today the concept of a pedestrian-friendly, densely built community of wood-frame cottages hardly seems avant-garde.’
    • ‘Tybee has been densely developed in single-family residences and condominium units.’
    • ‘The site of the house is spread across the crest and western slope of a high ridge densely covered in beech woods.’
    • ‘Schuster's study of Albrecht Durer's Melencolia weighed in at 838 densely printed pages.’
    • ‘Nutrients enrich the water and some groups of microscopic algae begin to grow densely, or "bloom."’
    • ‘Fertilizer in irrigation runoff has caused the normally small cattail patches to spread densely over thousands of acres.’
    • ‘An antique television polished to a high gleam was covered densely with dust.’
    • ‘Moss and ivy grew densely between each block, so that one might be standing very close to a foundation, and yet not recognise it in the least.’
  • 2In a manner that is hard to understand because of its complexity.

    ‘densely plotted historical fiction’
    • ‘Few shortcuts are taken with the material, leaving densely convoluted plots.’
    • ‘The language's highly flexible syntax and concise regular expression operators, make densely written PERL code indecipherable to the uninitiated.’
    • ‘My rationale was, if you can enunciate densely rhymed verse, and understand the syntax, you can speak the language.’
    • ‘All three will require densely complicated policy solutions and deep shifts in economic thinking.’
    • ‘They tried to discuss this directly with the church, sending densely argued letters to bishops and priests.’
    • ‘He's known for writing densely complex, virtually un-filmable screenplays.’
    • ‘The motives of characters, which are part of James's expressive form, whether they become known or remain densely mysterious, are luminously present on the surface of the art.’
    • ‘The French consume densely intellectual tomes with the fervour that we read Jackie Collins.’
    • ‘Its 237 pages of text are as densely packed with insight and information as they are, sometimes, densely written.’
    • ‘Densely argued and beautifully written, this play reminds us that remaining human in the face of totalitarian oppression is a triumph that cannot be snatched away.’
  • 3 informal In a stupid manner.

    • ‘staff can be surly should they decide a customer is behaving densely’
    • ‘he is densely ignorant and primitive’
    • ‘The horse is a densely stupid animal.’
    • ‘Kurtz is being densely literal-minded.’
    • ‘The plot is paper-thin, the script is awful, and the acting densely wooden.’
    • ‘Your ability to group people and label them as column a or column b astounds me, you must be an amazing racist or densely daft.’
    • ‘She looked densely at you, she didn't even see me, and didn't ask us one question.’
    • ‘They give you an injection, it puts you into a densely dopey state for 5 minutes, then you wake up.’