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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.
  1. the correlate of physical energy and the degree of loudness of a speech sound.
  2. the relative carrying power of vocal utterance.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; intense + -ity
Related forms
overintensity, noun
superintensity, noun
Synonyms
5. passion, emotion, energy, vigor.
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intensity

/ɪnˈtɛnsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being intense
2.
extreme force, degree, or amount
3.
(physics)
  1. a measure of field strength or of the energy transmitted by radiation See 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 direction I
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
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Word Origin and History for super intensity

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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