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 In both cases, the critiques of these women are often valid, but the intensity of the backlash can feel disproportionately, gleefully nasty to an extent that suggests underlying misogyny. Judy Berman, Time, "Grimes Tried to Make a Soundtrack for the End of the World. The Result Is Surprisingly Timid," 21 Feb. 2020 Second, since the intensity and frequency of these ice eruptions are dictated by wave action, the surf has to be high. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "What Are These Strange Ice Volcanoes Along Lake Michigan?," 20 Feb. 2020 This is more than double the intensity of the average event. Jennifer Fitchett, Quartz Africa, "The unexpected link between Kenya’s unusual torrential flooding and Australia’s bushfires," 16 Feb. 2020 During rehearsal, Austin watches to ensure dancers match the intensity of Senegalese drummer, Lucky Diop, who flew in the costumes members will be wearing. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We Are The Drum' production, a celebration of black history, will showcase Milwaukee talent," 14 Feb. 2020 Given the intensity of the streaming wars (Disney Plus already reports more than 28 million subscribers), merging your customer support team with your design team sounds like a smart strategy. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Trump’s architectural vision for Washington, D.C. looks like Ancient Rome," 11 Feb. 2020 Concerns about global warming have brought fresh intensity to a field that languished for years. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "Fusion Startups Step In to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream," 6 Feb. 2020 Hartnett does his best work in years as the emotionally conflicted Kip; Levieva is chilling in her portrayal of the hard-boiled Josie and Teague brings a hot-wire intensity to the criminally ambitious Boots, who gets in far over his head. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Inherit the Viper': Film Review," 9 Jan. 2020 The first is an exhibition of recent work by Geerk, a German painter known for bringing a disquieting intensity to portraiture, landscape and still-lifes. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Architect R.M. Schindler’s historic WeHo home as seen through the female gaze," 10 Oct. 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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25 Feb 2020

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“Intensity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intensity. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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