- the quality or condition of being intense.
- great energy, strength, concentration, vehemence, etc., as of activity, thought, or feeling: He went at the job with great intensity.
- a high or extreme degree, as of cold or heat.
- the degree or extent to which something is intense.
- a high degree of emotional excitement; depth of feeling: The poem lacked intensity and left me unmoved.
- the strength or sharpness of a color due especially to its degree of freedom from admixture with its complementary color.
- Physics. magnitude, as of energy or a force per unit of area, volume, time, etc.
- the correlate of physical energy and the degree of loudness of a speech sound.
- the relative carrying power of vocal utterance.
Origin of intensity
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5. passion, emotion, energy, vigor.
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Examples from the Web for intensities
A delicate instrument, invented by Coulomb, for measuring the intensities of the electrical and magnetic forces.
And had he ever had his desire or his hope, or felt the intensities of life?The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman
H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
She dared not think of the growing list of Third Intensities.The Amazing Mrs. Mimms
David C. Knight
This shows the method which is adopted, of deducing luminosities from intensities.Colour Measurement and Mixture
W. de W. Abney
We do not as yet know how the intensities of e, e and h will relatively appear.
- the state or quality of being intense
- extreme force, degree, or amount
- 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
Word Origin and History for intensities
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