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in•ten•si•ty



Pronunciation: (in-ten'si-tē), [key]
n.,
pl. -ties.

1. the quality or condition of being intense.
2. great energy, strength, concentration, vehemence, etc., as of activity, thought, or feeling: He went at the job with great intensity.
3. a high or extreme degree, as of cold or heat.
4. the degree or extent to which something is intense.
5. a high degree of emotional excitement; depth of feeling: The poem lacked intensity and left me unmoved.
6. the strength or sharpness of a color due esp. to its degree of freedom from admixture with its complementary color.
7. Physics.magnitude, as of energy or a force per unit of area, volume, time, etc.
8. Speech.
a. the correlate of physical energy and the degree of loudness of a speech sound.
b. the relative carrying power of vocal utterance.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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