[ in-ten-si-tee ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn sɪ ti /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intensity


/ (ɪnˈtɛnsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being intense
extreme force, degree, or amount
  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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