intensity

[in-ten-si-tee]

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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  • 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.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Yet, in the intensity of her utterance, the feeble whisper struck like a shriek of horror.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for intensity

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 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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