American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force.
- n. Physics The amount or degree of strength of electricity, light, heat, or sound per unit area or volume.
- n. The strength of a color, especially the degree to which it lacks its complementary color.
- n. See saturation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or state of being intense; the quantity or degree of a quality, action, or effect; degree; specifically, a high degree. Intensity (as opposed to extension) is a quantity which is not apprehended by a successive synthesis, but all at once; a quantity the parts of which are not separately identifiable, and which has an absolute minimum.
- n. In physics and mech., the amount or degree of energy with which a force operates or a cause acts; effectiveness, as estimated by the result; the magnitude of a force, measured in appropriate units: as, the intensity of gravitation. In electricity, the intensity of a current is properly its strength (expressed in amperes); in popular language, however, it is often used of the electromotive force or potential-difference of the current, as when a voltaic battery, coupled in series, is said to be arranged for intensity.
- n. Used absolutely: Intense feeling or emotion; also, the exhibition or embodiment of intense feeling or emotion.
- n. In photography, opacity or density, as of a negative. See intensification, 2.
- n. the quality of being intense
- n. the degree of strength
- n. physics time-averaged energy flux (the ratio of average power to the area through which the power "flows"); irradiance
- n. optics can mean any of radiant intensity, luminous intensity or irradiance
- n. astronomy syn. radiance
- n. geology The severity of an earthquake in terms of its effects on the earth's surface, and buildings. The value depends on the distance from the epicentre, and is not to be confused with the magnitude.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state or quality of being intense; intenseness; extreme degree
- n. (Physics) The amount or degree of energy with which a force operates or a cause acts; effectiveness, as estimated by results produced.
- n. (Mech.) The magnitude of a distributed force, as pressure, stress, weight, etc., per unit of surface, or of volume, as the case may be.
- n. (Photog.) The degree or depth of color or shade in a picture.
- n. chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue
- n. the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
- n. the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)
- n. high level or degree; the property of being intense
“In the most complicated, as in the most simple instances, the sophism consists in this: _Judging of the utility of labor by its duration and intensity, and not by its results_, which leads to this economic policy, _a reduction of the results of labor, in order to increase its duration and intensity_.”
“I think the difference in intensity is at least in part due to the difference in scale between the two policies: on the one hand a ban on a tiny category of abortions that affects a very small number of people (partial birth abortions are a only an infinitesmal fraction of all abortions, and many of those who get them could get earlier abortions instead).”
“Where the story starts to drop in intensity is well into the second half of the novel, which follows Rol as he traverses the seas as a sailor/officer.”
“Perhaps that part of me forgets that the reason the planting experience grows in intensity is that misery is intense and additive, and treeplanting is fundamentally miserable.”
“The butler at Fordwych Castle had certainly missed the knife with which Roonah had been killed from its accustomed place on the morning after the murder had been committed, but not before, and the mystery further gained in intensity from the fact that the only purchase of chloroform in the district had been traced to the murdered woman herself.”
“ROBERTS: And the discontent often drives in what we call intensity or enthusiasm for voters to come out to the polls.”
“I think the intensity is a little bit higher with this setup," he says.”
“If, on the contrary, it is a question of a complex state, such as those impressions of profound joy or sorrow which lay hold of us entirely, invading and overwhelming us, what we call their intensity expresses only the confused feeling of a qualitative progress, and increasing wealth.”
“It deepened in intensity, ringing the changes of reddish-yellow, purple, and saffron.”
“Freshman Kenny Boynton evolved as Florida's best perimeter defender and junior Chandler Parsons greatly improved his defensive intensity from the season before.”
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