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)

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 Singing lines and lush harmonies briefly give way to short, fitful solos by violin and viola, played with febrile intensity by concertmaster Robert Chen and guest principal violist Ben Ullery. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 Quite possibly the food with the strongest pun game, which restaurateurs across the nation have been embracing with increasing intensity. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 5 May 2022 The film’s star, Anamaria Vartolomei, executes the role with laser-beam intensity. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Newcastle started the second half with greater intensity, but with Bruno Guimaraes and Allan Saint-Maximin largely curtailed, was unable to cause enough problems. Mark Heim |, al, 30 Apr. 2022 While Cook was all itchy intensity, Rasnick was calm and supportive. oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2022 There was more intensity -- and focus -- than the regular season. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 12 Apr. 2022 There is more lyricism, there’s more intensity to it, there’s more soul. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 18 Mar. 2022 The result was an intensity and atmosphere not indicative of any old one-of-82 regular season game. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intensity

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Intensity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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.


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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