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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Recent Examples on the Web But his language is itself firsthand experience of the most startling intensity, variety, and durability. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "Tommy Pico Filibusters Mortality with Poetry," 6 Jan. 2020 In Anne’s neuroses and intensity, her oddities and intelligence, Richard finds a kindred spirit. David Canfield, EW.com, "Going Dutch is a hilarious, feverish deconstruction of gay millennial life," 19 Aug. 2019 The biggest difference was the intensity, outside linebacker Quen Head said. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville football will rely on its offensive line to boost run game," 8 Aug. 2019 In the meantime, buckle up and enjoy the ride — the intensity and pace are likely to get stronger and faster. Bobby Jindal, National Review, "Embracing Chaos in the Trump Era," 11 Dec. 2019 Achieving that kind of on-screen intensity was no easy feat. Brent Lang, chicagotribune.com, "How Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins pulled off the one-shot war epic ‘1917′," 10 Dec. 2019 But the intensity of the game was just a little different. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Notre Dame brought something to Gampel Pavilion that UConn never has — a rebuilding project," 9 Dec. 2019 So is the intensity and frequency of storms that dump inches of water within minutes. Jim Morrison, Smithsonian, "Cities Around the Globe Are Eagerly Importing a Dutch Speciality—Flood Prevention," 6 Dec. 2019 This persuasive and blackly funny book of poems takes its tone and subject matter from old Hollywood movies, but the intensity of the attack is all Minnis’s. New York Times, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of intensity

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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14 Jan 2020

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“Intensity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intensity. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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intensity

noun
How to pronounce intensity (audio)

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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