intensity

noun
in·​ten·​si·​ty | \ in-ˈten(t)-sə-tē How to pronounce intensity (audio) \
plural intensities

Definition of intensity

1 : the quality or state of being intense especially : extreme degree of strength, force, energy, or feeling
2 : the magnitude of a quantity (such as force or energy) per unit (as of area, charge, mass, or time)

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Examples of intensity in a Sentence

the intensity of the sun's rays the intensity of the argument The sun shone with great intensity.
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This is a profoundly moving piece of Chicago acting, offering a level of emotional intensity that, on a potent Sunday afternoon, carried through the exhausted bows. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Griffin Theatre's 'For Services Rendered' is like 'Downton Abbey,' about the wrenching change of the Great War," 3 June 2019 In one scene, Molly overhears her classmates insulting her and her single-minded intensity. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""Booksmart" Star Beanie Feldstein on Her Post-"Lady Bird" Success and Why She Loved Working With Olivia Wilde," 23 May 2019 With hundreds of octagonal and square coffers, each one elaborately painted like a miniature oil in shades of coral, blue-gray, and pale green, its intensity can make choosing furnishings difficult. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Legendary 1920s Palm Beach House is a Showcase for a Striking Art Collection," 17 Apr. 2019 Generally, forecasters are better at predicting a hurricane’s path than its intensity, so Michael could be stronger or weaker than what the NHC is currently warning against. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Hurricane Michael fast approaches," 9 Oct. 2018 The Warriors didn’t have the firepower or emotional intensity to match the Clippers in that game. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Road Warriors face challenge of winning in enemy territory," 13 May 2018 The menacing synths and booming bass match the intensity of the lyrics. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks," 23 Apr. 2018 My new climate also taught me to never underestimate the intensity of the sun. Sara King-abadi, SELF, "What I Wish I Knew About Skin Care Before Moving to the Mountains," 12 Apr. 2019 Forecasters also measure hurricane intensity by central pressure, with lower pressures denoting a tighter circulation, better organization, and more powerful storm. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Hurricane Michael is a rare, but not unprecedented, October storm," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of intensity

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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intensity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of intensity

: the quality or state of being intense : extreme strength or force
: the degree or amount of strength or force that something has

intensity

noun
in·​ten·​si·​ty | \ in-ˈten-sə-tē How to pronounce intensity (audio) \
plural intensities

Kids Definition of intensity

1 : strength or force the sun's intensity
2 : the degree or amount of a quality or condition This storm is of a lower intensity.

intensity

noun
in·​ten·​si·​ty | \ in-ˈten(t)-sət-ē How to pronounce intensity (audio) \
plural intensities

Medical Definition of intensity

1 : the quality or state of being intense especially : extreme degree of strength, force, energy, or feeling
2 : the magnitude of a quantity (as force or energy) per unit (as of surface, charge, mass, or time)

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