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ɪnˈtɛn sɪ tiin·ten·si·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intensity, strength, intensity level(noun)

    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, intensiveness(noun)

    high level or degree; the property of being intense

  3. volume, loudness, intensity(noun)

    the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

    "the kids played their music at full volume"

  4. saturation, chroma, intensity, vividness(noun)

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


  1. intensity(Noun)

    the quality of being intense

  2. intensity(Noun)

    the degree of strength

  3. intensity(Noun)

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

  4. intensity(Noun)

    can mean any of radiant intensity, luminous intensity or irradiance

  5. intensity(Noun)

    syn. radiance

  6. intensity(Noun)

    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. Intensity(noun)

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

  2. Intensity(noun)

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

  3. Intensity(noun)

    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

  4. Intensity(noun)

    the degree or depth of shade in a picture

  5. Origin: [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.

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  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. Klaus Wertenbroch:

    It loses the tempting intensity.

  2. David Greuner:

    Now everyone ups the intensity on everything.

  3. Stefano Branca:

    These are events of great intensity and quite rare.

  4. Pascal Siakam:

    Give them credit, they came with a lot of intensity.

  5. Guillaume Chapron:

    There is a need to keep the conflict at a low intensity.

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