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 for dense
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dense \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 forest; a
        dense fog.
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              All sorts of bodies, firm and fluid, dense and rare.
                                                    --Ray.
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              To replace the cloudy barrier dense.  --Cowper.
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     2. Stupid; gross; crass; as, dense ignorance.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  dense
      adj 1: permitting little if any light to pass through because of
             denseness of matter; "dense smoke"; "heavy fog";
             "impenetrable gloom" [syn: dense, heavy,
             impenetrable]
      2: hard to pass through because of dense growth; "dense
         vegetation"; "thick woods" [syn: dense, thick]
      3: having high relative density or specific gravity; "dense as
         lead"
      4: slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; "so
         dense he never understands anything I say to him"; "never met
         anyone quite so dim"; "although dull at classical learning,
         at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray; "dumb
         officials make some really dumb decisions"; "he was either
         normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"; "worked with
         the slow students" [syn: dense, dim, dull, dumb,
         obtuse, slow]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  161 Moby Thesaurus words for "dense":
     Boeotian, adamantine, asinine, beef-brained, beef-witted,
     blockheaded, blockish, bony, bovine, bristling, broad-bodied,
     bulky, bullnecked, cement, cemental, chumpish, cloddish, close,
     close-knit, close-textured, close-woven, coarse, compact,
     compacted, compressed, concentrated, concrete, condensed,
     congested, consolidated, corneous, corpulent, cowish, crammed,
     crammed full, crass, crawling, crowded, diamondlike, dim,
     dim-witted, doltish, dull, dullard, dumb, duncical, duncish,
     durable, dure, enduring, exuberant, fat, fatheaded, firm,
     flintlike, flinty, flourishing, foolish, full, full-bodied, gluey,
     granitelike, granitic, gross, hard, hard as nails, hardhearted,
     heaped, heavy, heavyset, horny, impassable, impassive,
     impenetrable, impermeable, ineducable, iron-hard, ironlike,
     jam-packed, jammed, jungled, jungly, klutzy, lapideous, lasting,
     lethargic, lithoid, lithoidal, lumpish, lush, luxuriant, marble,
     marblelike, massed, massive, nonporous, numskulled, oafish,
     obdurate, obtuse, opaque, osseous, overgrown, overrun, packed,
     phlegmatic, piled, populous, rank, resistant, resistive, riotous,
     rocklike, rocky, rugged, serried, slow, slow-witted, sluggish,
     solid, sottish, sound, stable, steady, steellike, steely, stolid,
     stonelike, stony, stout, strong, stupid, sturdy, substantial,
     swarming, teeming, thick, thick-bodied, thick-growing,
     thick-witted, thickheaded, thickset, three-dimensional, tight,
     torpid, tough, unteachable, unweeded, unyielding, viscid, viscose,
     viscous, weed-choked, weed-ridden, weedy, well-built,
     well-constructed, well-founded, well-grounded, well-made,
     wrongheaded
  
  

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