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ɪnˈtɛn sɪ tiin·ten·si·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intensity, strength, intensity levelnoun

    the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)

    "he adjusted the intensity of the sound"; "they measured the station's signal strength"

  2. intensity, intensivenessnoun

    high level or degree; the property of being intense

  3. volume, loudness, intensitynoun

    the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

    "the kids played their music at full volume"

  4. saturation, chroma, intensity, vividnessnoun

    chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue


  1. intensitynoun

    the quality of being intense

  2. intensitynoun

    the degree of strength

  3. intensitynoun

    time-averaged energy flux (the ratio of average power to the area through which the power "flows"); irradiance

  4. intensitynoun

    can mean any of radiant intensity, luminous intensity or irradiance

  5. intensitynoun

    syn. radiance

  6. intensitynoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intensitynoun

    the state or quality of being intense; intenseness; extreme degree; as, intensity of heat, cold, mental application, passion, etc

    Etymology: [LL. intensitas: cf. F. intensit. See Intense.]

  2. Intensitynoun

    the amount or degree of energy with which a force operates or a cause acts; effectiveness, as estimated by results produced

    Etymology: [LL. intensitas: cf. F. intensit. See Intense.]

  3. Intensitynoun

    the magnitude of a distributed force, as pressure, stress, weight, etc., per unit of surface, or of volume, as the case may be; as, the measure of the intensity of a total stress of forty pounds which is distributed uniformly over a surface of four square inches area is ten pounds per square inch

    Etymology: [LL. intensitas: cf. F. intensit. See Intense.]

  4. Intensitynoun

    the degree or depth of shade in a picture

    Etymology: [LL. intensitas: cf. F. intensit. See Intense.]


  1. Intensity

    In physics, intensity is the power transferred per unit area. In the SI system, it has units watts per metre squared. It is used most frequently with waves, in which case the average power transfer over one period of the wave is used. Intensity can be applied to other circumstances where energy is transferred. For example, one could calculate the intensity of the kinetic energy carried by drops of water from a garden sprinkler. The word "intensity" as used here is not synonymous with "strength", "amplitude", or "level", as it sometimes is in colloquial speech. Intensity can be found by taking the energy density at a point in space and multiplying it by the velocity at which the energy is moving. The resulting vector has the units of power divided by area.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'intensity' in Nouns Frequency: #2059

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intensity in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intensity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of intensity in a Sentence

  1. Olivia Wilde:

    It is constant, I find that quite energizing, the relentless asking and answering of questions, leaves you buzzing. And then of course, you face plan when you get home. But it’s a different kind of exhaustion...That’s one of the reasons that I really prefer directing, because I think that the constant hum of intensity and energy lights me up.

  2. Joe Musgrove:

    This meant everything to me, it’s been so long since we’ve had a full crowd in there, I swear to God it felt like a playoff game at the start of the game, the nerves I had, the intensity. I had to kind of slow myself down after that first hitter. It was just so much fun, and to pull out the win the way we did makes it even more special.

  3. Stephanie Mansour:

    If this is part of your protocol, then try it out and see how you feel, keep in mind that while you're fasting, lower-intensity workouts will probably help you feel steadier and less fatigued compared to a high-intensity workout.

  4. Michael Krieger:

    I can't think of anyone who's interacted with me the way she did, there was such an intensity.

  5. Nina Berberova, O Magazine, September 2003:

    I had learnt to seek intensity…more of life, a concentrated sense of life.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. descant
    • B. aberrate
    • C. lucubrate
    • D. flub

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