a person or thing that intensifies.
Grammar. a word, especially an adverb, or other linguistic element that indicates, and usually increases, the degree of emphasis or force to be given to the element it modifies, as very or somewhat; intensive adverb.
a ram-operated device for increasing hydraulic pressure.
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How to use intensifier in a sentence
As Felix put it, he was "very dead," though the word hardly admits of an intensifier.Four Young Explorers | Oliver Optic
The foregoing uranium bath acts as an intensifier while conferring a ruddy tone on the deposit.The Barnet Book of Photography | Various
The bulb hangs downward from the terminal t, the zinc sheet Z, performing the double office of intensifier and reflector.
The apparatus known as an intensifier was then used, by which any pressure required could be obtained.
Multiple intensifier is round and black; looks powerful; attendant says 360 horse power.The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair | Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
British Dictionary definitions for intensifier
a person or thing that intensifies
a word, esp an adjective or adverb, that has little semantic content of its own but that serves to intensify the meaning of the word or phrase that it modifies: awfully and up are intensifiers in the phrases awfully sorry and cluttered up
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