Definition of intensity in English:



  • 1The quality of being intense.

    ‘gazing into her face with disconcerting intensity’
    ‘the pain grew in intensity’
    • ‘It was a warm tickling sensation at first, which grew in intensity about a hundred fold.’
    • ‘The fireballs grow in intensity until the sky is a curtain of drizzling flame bursts.’
    • ‘It's pretty cool how they make this rising intensity of emotion with just guitars.’
    • ‘They were a joy to watch, though they seem to have hated each other with passionate intensity.’
    • ‘They played with huge intensity and the quality of their tackling and blocking reflected the increase in work rate.’
    • ‘The chorus of complaints about the FSA is growing in volume and intensity.’
    • ‘This has been going on for a week or so now, growing in intensity, and I reckon it'll reach a peak tomorrow or the day after.’
    • ‘She did not give him a chance to speak as she continued to talk, growing in intensity as she did.’
    • ‘The images were accompanied by a rising noise that grew in volume and intensity as the piece continued.’
    • ‘It's the sort of energy that imbues art with urgency, passion and intensity.’
    • ‘Each of the songs on Layla is charged with emotional intensity and passion.’
    • ‘This work of intensity and passion becomes a transfixing meditation on trust and intimacy.’
    • ‘Warren can do stillness, tension, passion, intensity and sentimentality.’
    • ‘Her intensity and passion for her work is matched in the diversity of roles she has played over her four decades in theatre.’
    • ‘Anyone who has lived there understands that New Yorkers feel their city with unique emotional intensity.’
    • ‘The dispute continued to grow in intensity with each taking every opportunity to attack the other's views.’
    • ‘They described the period as one of high emotional and political intensity.’
    • ‘The key to ideological commitment is emotional intensity, not rational thought.’
    • ‘There's an unpredictability to his defensive play which goes well with his passion and intensity.’
    • ‘The eyes convey a dark emotion of chilling intensity: resentment, perhaps?’
    passion, ardour, fervour, fervency, zeal, vehemence, fire, heat, fever, emotion, eagerness, keenness, enthusiasm, excitement, animation, spirit, vigour, earnestness, strength, energy
    strength, power, powerfulness, potency, vigour, force, forcefulness
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    1. 1.1An instance or degree of this.
      ‘an intensity that frightened her’
      • ‘They have an intensity of sentiment and of color, truly a physical depth and presence.’
      • ‘His anger while skating was eclipsed only by the intensity of the beatings he took.’
      • ‘They glowed red and had an intensity the like of which she had never seen before.’
      • ‘Her body was filled with an intensity that could never be matched in a lifetime.’
      • ‘The green of his eyes glittered with an intensity that made my blood thrum hotter and deeper.’
      • ‘Cheng bent to his food, picking at it with a great intensity.’
      • ‘The crowd went wild and the judges fed off the intensity, bestowing a perfect ten for the wave.’
      • ‘A roar of evil hatred entered into his brown cat ears, and they twitched at the intensity.’
      • ‘She saw that his eyes had an intensity in them, just the same as last night, but stronger.’
      • ‘I withstood the intensity of her heated eyes, the back of my neck prickling with sweat.’
      • ‘Arens viewed it with an intensity that ensured they were two faces he would never forget.’
      • ‘The signal at the borders rises up to an intensity even double with respect to the initial value.’
      • ‘She finds an intensity in her role that pushes outward against the rest of the cast and the audience.’
      • ‘There was an intensity there that hadn't been quite so evident earlier in the night.’
      • ‘His hands roamed over her body with desperate hunger that matched the intensity of the kiss.’
      • ‘Those eyes will certainly have a certain intensity to them, and not the good kind.’
      • ‘She slowly brought up her eyes to his, welcoming the intensity of that brilliant stare.’
      • ‘He was looking at me with an odd intensity in his gaze, something I had not seen before from him.’
      • ‘There was such an easeful attack in those songs, while the intensity never let up.’
      • ‘He scared me with the intensity of his sudden show of emotion, but I took it in stride.’
  • 2Physics
    The measurable amount of a property, such as force, brightness, or a magnetic field.

    ‘hydrothermal processes of low intensity’
    [count noun] ‘different light intensities’
    • ‘They grow well under relatively low light intensities and are good plants to grow under fluorescent lights.’
    • ‘For that purpose laser light at very high intensities irradiates the skin to destroy the tattoo pigments.’
    • ‘Also, intensities increase across all wavelengths as temperature increases.’
    • ‘Note that the spectral intensities have been normalized relative to sample weight.’
    • ‘Absolute values of crosspeak intensities were used to simplify effects of antiphase components.’
    strength, power, powerfulness, potency, vigour, force, forcefulness
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