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INTENSITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intensity mean? 

INTENSITY (noun)
  The noun INTENSITY has 4 senses:

1. the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)
2. high level or degree; the property of being intense
3. the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
4. chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue

  Familiarity information: INTENSITY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTENSITY (noun)


Sense 1intensity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

intensity; intensity level; strength

Context examples:

he adjusted the intensity of the sound / they measured the station's signal strength

Hypernyms ("intensity" is a kind of...):

magnitude (the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intensity"):

radio brightness (the strength of a radio wave picked up by a radio telescope)

threshold level (the intensity level that is just barely perceptible)

field intensity; field strength (the vector sum of all the forces exerted by an electrical or magnetic field (on a unit mass or unit charge or unit magnetic pole) at a given point in the field)

candlepower; light intensity (luminous intensity measured in candelas)

acoustic power; sound pressure level (the physical intensity of sound)

half-intensity (half the maximum intensity)


Sense 2intensity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

High level or degree; the property of being intense

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

intensiveness; intensity

Hypernyms ("intensity" is a kind of...):

degree; grade; level (a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intensity"):

ferocity; fierceness; furiousness; fury; vehemence; violence; wildness (the property of being wild or turbulent)

top (the greatest possible intensity)

emphasis; vehemence (intensity or forcefulness of expression)

badness; severeness; severity (used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather)

force; forcefulness; strength (physical energy or intensity)


Sense 3intensity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

loudness; intensity; volume

Context example:

the kids played their music at full volume

Hypernyms ("intensity" is a kind of...):

sound property (an attribute of sound)

Attribute:

loud (characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity)

soft ((of sound) relatively low in volume)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intensity"):

crescendo ((music) a gradual increase in loudness)

forte; fortissimo ((music) with great loudness)


Sense 4intensity [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

chroma; vividness; intensity; saturation

Hypernyms ("intensity" is a kind of...):

color property (an attribute of color)

Holonyms ("intensity" is a substance of...):

chromatic color; chromatic colour; spectral color; spectral colour (a color that has hue)


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