intensity

noun

in·​ten·​si·​ty in-ˈten(t)-sə-tē How to pronounce intensity (audio)
plural intensities
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)
3

Examples of intensity in a Sentence

the intensity of the sun's rays the intensity of the argument The sun shone with great intensity.
Recent Examples on the Web As vexed as Barbe-Nicole may be by frog-eyed bubbles or spoiled bottles, such dry business concerns simply can’t muster the emotional intensity of her ups and downs with François. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Sep. 2023 Says the group’s intensity and focus has been good, but performance has to be better. Matt Stahl | Mstahl@al.com, al, 14 Sep. 2023 Working with Everett, who has produced and engineered for indie bands but also SZA and Kacey Musgraves, was just the trick for dialing up the intensity. Eric Torres, Pitchfork, 14 Sep. 2023 Depending on the intensity of your graphics work, the Zenbook 14X might suffice. PCMAG, 13 Sep. 2023 The promotion intensity signals not just the urgency of the sales push going into the holiday season, but will likely be a test of just how much cost the carriers are willing to take on in the hunt for subscriber growth. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 All the Emersons’ best qualities were in evidence at this concert: mesmerizing virtuosity, unanimity of vision, intelligent interpretation, and intensity of sound. Jeremy Yudkin, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023 Moore’s toughness and intensity aren’t exclusive to Friday nights. Dave Melton, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 Tropical Storm Gert, meanwhile, was gaining in intensity Sunday. Arkansas Online, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intensity was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Intensity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intensity. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

intensity

noun
in·​ten·​si·​ty in-ˈten(t)-sət-ē How to pronounce intensity (audio)
plural intensities
1
: the quality or state of being intense
especially : extreme strength, force, or feeling
2
: the degree or amount of a quality or condition
the intensity of an electric field

Medical Definition

intensity

noun
in·​ten·​si·​ty in-ˈten(t)-sət-ē How to pronounce intensity (audio)
plural intensities
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)
3

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