intensity

[in-ten-si-tee]
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noun, plural in·ten·si·ties.


Origin of intensity

First recorded in 1655–65; intense + -ity
Related formso·ver·in·ten·si·ty, nounsu·per·in·ten·si·ty, noun

Synonyms for intensity

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British Dictionary definitions for intensities

intensity

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being intense
extreme force, degree, or amount
physics
  1. a measure of field strength or of the energy transmitted by radiationSee radiant intensity, luminous intensity
  2. (of sound in a specified direction) the average rate of flow of sound energy, usually in watts, for one period through unit area at right angles to the specified directionSymbol: I
Also called: earthquake intensity geology a measure of the size of an earthquake based on observation of the effects of the shock at the earth's surface. Specified on the Mercalli scaleSee Mercalli scale, Richter scale
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Word Origin and History for intensities

intensity

n.

formed in English 1660s from intense + -ity. Earlier was intenseness (1610s). Sense of "extreme depth of feeling" first recorded 1830.

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