from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to an extreme degree: the intense sun of the tropics.
  • adj. Extreme in degree, strength, or size: intense heat.
  • adj. Involving or showing strain or extreme effort: intense concentration.
  • adj. Deeply felt; profound: intense emotion.
  • adj. Tending to feel deeply: an intense writer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Strained; tightly drawn; kept on the stretch; strict; very close or earnest; as, intense study or application; intense thought.
  • adj. Extreme in degree; excessive; immoderate; as: (a) Ardent; fervent; as, intense heat. (b) Keen; biting; as, intense cold. (c) Vehement; earnest; exceedingly strong; as, intense passion or hate. (d) Very severe; violent; as, intense pain or anguish. (e) Deep; strong; brilliant; as, intense color or light.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Strained; tightly drawn; kept on the stretch; strict; very close or earnest
  • adj. Extreme in degree; excessive; immoderate
  • adj. Ardent; fervent.
  • adj. Keen; biting.
  • adj. Vehement; earnest; exceedingly strong.
  • adj. Very severe; violent.
  • adj. Deep; strong; brilliant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Existing in or having a high degree; strong; powerful: as, intense pain; intense activity; hence, extreme or absolute of its kind; having its characteristic qualities in a high degree.
  • Exhibiting a high degree of some quality or action.
  • Susceptible to strong emotion; emotional.
  • In photography, same as dense, 3.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
  • adj. extremely sharp or intense
  • adj. (of color) having the highest saturation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin intēnsus, stretched, intent, from past participle of intendere, to stretch, intend; see intend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French intense, from Latin intensus ("stretched tight"), past participle of intendere ("to stretch out"), from in ("in, upon, to") + tendere ("to stretch").


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