Intensity



[in-ten-si-tee] /ɪnˈtɛn sɪ ti/

noun, plural intensities.
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.
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.

/ɪnˈtɛnsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being intense
2.
extreme force, degree, or amount
3.
(physics)

4.
(geology) Also called earthquake intensity. 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
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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