- 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 intensity
He was just seamlessly being this person—the ferocity and intensity was incredible.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
Amina Alzouma (“Young Girl”) surprised us all with her disturbingly beautiful displays of vulnerability and intensity.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark
November 28, 2014
“You are bringing someone into an atmosphere of intensity, and adding a lot of pressure to a first-time meeting,” says Berman.How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
The intensity of the airstrikes needs to reflect that urgency.Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War
November 18, 2014
The story is simple and one that belies the intensity of the conflict.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
He wanted Avice Milbrey,—wanted her with an intensity as unreasoning as it was resistless.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She spoke softly, but with an intensity of supreme feeling in her voice.
Yet, in the intensity of her utterance, the feeble whisper struck like a shriek of horror.
It is all Hamlet over again, Hamlet wrought up to a higher pitch of intensity.
No one ever felt this intensity of jealous rage about a mother or a sister.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for intensity
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