intensity

noun
in·​ten·​si·​ty | \ in-ˈten(t)-sə-tē \
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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Her intensity wasn’t much of a surprise: Harris, a Democrat, got plenty of attention for grilling now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his Judiciary interviews as well. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Here Are the Senate Women at the Center of the Brett Kavanaugh Debate," 5 Oct. 2018 While abstract expressionism resulted in an almost chaotic design style thanks to its emotional intensity, minimalism sought to pare down to an essential nature and remove all excess, creating harmony from simplicity. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is Minimalism, Exactly?," 24 Sep. 2018 Ecuadorian scientists who were monitoring its activity picked up a corresponding infrasonic signal on their instruments that reverberated for 90 seconds, oscillating back and forth in frequency as its intensity gradually faded into the background. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists look to music of volcanos to better monitor eruptions," 24 Aug. 2018 O’Connor said the two coaches help balance his intensity when interacting with players. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City coach James O’Connor: We’re going to work until we get it right," 13 July 2018 Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say due to its small size, there is greater-than-usual uncertainty about its intensity. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Beryl Is 2018's First Hurricane —and Chris Could Be Brewing Off the East Coast," 6 July 2018 But some folks still prefer low intensity workouts — repetitive moderate motion for 30 to 45 minutes. Mike Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Which workout is best for you: High or low intensity?," 5 July 2018 For those unfamiliar with indoor cycling, an instructor with a microphone guides and motivates a room full of cyclists on stationary bikes in a high-intensity workout for 45 minutes. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An indoor cycling studio with high-intensity workouts, separate weightlifting area is coming to Shorewood," 26 June 2018 This era of tumult has left Democrats energized and determined to win back Congress and act as a check on Trump, and their intensity has been reflected by strong turnouts in the primaries. Jeremy W. Peters, Anchorage Daily News, "Numb to outrage, Republican voters feel a deepening bond to Trump," 24 June 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 \
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 \
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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