in-tensity

intensity

[in-ten-si-tee]
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.
a.
the correlate of physical energy and the degree of loudness of a speech sound.
b.
the relative carrying power of vocal utterance.

Origin:
1655–65; intense + -ity

overintensity, noun
superintensity, noun


5. passion, emotion, energy, vigor.
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intensity (ɪnˈtɛnsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or quality of being intense
2.  extreme force, degree, or amount
3.  physics
 a.  radiant intensity See luminous intensity a measure of field strength or of the energy transmitted by radiation
 b.  I (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 direction
4.  geology Mercalli scale See Richter scale 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

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