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[ in-ten-si-tee ]


, plural in·ten·si·ties.
  1. the quality or condition of being intense.
  2. great energy, strength, concentration, vehemence, etc., as of activity, thought, or feeling:

    He went at the job with great intensity.

  3. a high or extreme degree, as of cold or heat.
  4. the degree or extent to which something is intense.
  5. a high degree of emotional excitement; depth of feeling:

    The poem lacked intensity and left me unmoved.

    Synonyms: vigor, energy, emotion, passion

  6. the strength or sharpness of a color due especially to its degree of freedom from admixture with its complementary color.
  7. Physics. magnitude, as of energy or a force per unit of area, volume, time, etc.
  8. Speech.
    1. the correlate of physical energy and the degree of loudness of a speech sound.
    2. the relative carrying power of vocal utterance.


/ ɪnˈtɛnsɪtɪ /


  1. the state or quality of being intense
  2. extreme force, degree, or amount
  3. physics
    1. a measure of field strength or of the energy transmitted by radiation See 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 direction I
  4. Also calledearthquake 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 scale See Mercalli scale Richter scale

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Other Words From

  • over·in·tensi·ty noun
  • super·in·tensi·ty noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of intensity1

First recorded in 1655–65; intense + -ity

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Example Sentences

It’s controlled with a simple power switch, and it offers two brew time options for custom coffee intensity.

Either way, if you multiply duration by intensity for each day’s session, you get a measure of “training impulse” that carries a lot more information than mileage alone.

What made this one significant and unusual was its intensity and scale — and, Czarnetzki notes, the fact that it took even researchers by surprise.

The hind leg ST36, on the other hand, is a total champion at culling inflammation, but only if you zap it with a lighter intensity.

These voters developed a new intensity of engagement with politics in the first national presidential election when the major party candidates took clear and differing positions on the issue of LGBTQ rights.

White and Crandall agree that low-intensity workouts are ideal.

He was just seamlessly being this person—the ferocity and intensity was incredible.

Amina Alzouma (“Young Girl”) surprised us all with her disturbingly beautiful displays of vulnerability and intensity.

“You are bringing someone into an atmosphere of intensity, and adding a lot of pressure to a first-time meeting,” says Berman.

How Ragsdale can live with all this day-in-day-out intensity from strangers is baffling.

The intensity of his sensations seemed inexplicable, unless some reality, some truth, lay behind them.

The intensity of this drama, however, being interior, caused little outward disturbance that casual onlookers need have noticed.

They glittered and shone with an intensity of colour which surpassed even those of the rainbow.

The complaints increased in number and intensity and Members of Parliament and newspaper writers joined in the jeremiad.

A fiery intensity of light lay over it, as though any moment it must burst into sheets of flame.