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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Aquarius With the intensity of lusty Mars in your sign for an unusually long time, new desires are bound to awaken and actualize in your life. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Find Summer Romance According to the Stars," 21 June 2018 The tremors in my left hand and left leg are coming with greater intensity and frequency. Todd Stewart, OrlandoSentinel.com, "I have Parkinson's: Ending my 6-year secret," 14 June 2018 Along with its thrilling plot surrounding the heist of a multimillion-dollar necklace at the Met Gala and the cheeky characters, the music serves as an anchor that drives the film's intensity and humor. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "How 'Ocean's 8' Composer Daniel Pemberton Captured the Series' 'Swagger' While Crafting His Own Sound," 11 June 2018 There are four types of bipolar disorder, each defined by the intensity and length of episodes. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Kate Spade's death prompts questions about bipolar disorder," 6 June 2018 October came, and the light continued to have this quality of intensity and dimness at the same time. Kelly Sundberg, Good Housekeeping, "I Had No Idea My Husband Was Abusing Me," 1 June 2018 Plays forceful soccer at a high tempo and with no shortage of intensity and desire. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup: Ranking all 32 teams, from hopeless to hopefuls," 22 May 2018 Each event is a 155-mile multistage run; the researchers collected data on pain intensity and pain coping strategies for five consecutive days at each event. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Why It Matters How You Think About Pain," 10 Apr. 2018 Levy, who died in 1976, instilled in the company an intensity and risk appetite that would live long after him. Hugh Son, Bloomberg.com, "Wall Street’s Big Banks Are Waging an All-Out Technological Arms Race," 5 Apr. 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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