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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The intensity is certain to carry through to the midterm elections, both sides using it as a rally cry. Andrew Duehren And Alex Leary, WSJ, "Hundreds March on Capitol Hill Against Kavanaugh’s Confirmation," 6 Oct. 2018 Such intensity of feeling is partly a matter of scale. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Bad Girl Makes Good in a Glorious ‘Carmen Jones’," 27 June 2018 The intensity of the second half was such a contrast to the first 45 minutes that Vermes complimented the referee for calling the match differently after having to adjust to a different speed. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC scores twice in last five minutes for dramatic comeback win over Houston," 23 June 2018 That intensity was present Wednesday night, as the crowd joined the president in jeering the news media, Hillary Clinton and Democrats. Katie Rogers And Jonathan Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We’re sending them the hell back,’ Trump says of securing the country’s borders," 21 June 2018 Near the beginning of the month of June, NASA’s Opportunity rover, along with multiple satellites in orbit of the planet, detected a dust storm growing in intensity. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mars Dust Storm Goes Global, Covers Curiosity Rover," 21 June 2018 The intensity of the workouts and the speed of the game will be different from what he's experienced in the past. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Lance Armstrong looking forward to son joining Rice football team," 14 June 2018 The crowd was raucous and the intensity was palpable. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "TJ Malone nets OT winner as Haverford School seals Inter-Ac title," 11 May 2018 What Trump and Macron don’t realize is the intensity of these gestures. Kim Willsher, latimes.com, "French media viewed the Macron-Trump 'bromance' with puzzlement, skepticism. And what's with the touching?," 29 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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