Intensity

In*ten"si*ty

(?), n. [LL. intensitas: cf. F. intensit. See Intense.]
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1. The state or quality of being intense; intenseness; extreme degree; as, intensity of heat, cold, mental application, passion, etc.
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If you would deepen the intensity of light, you must be content to bring into deeper blackness and more distinct and definite outline the shade that accompanies it.
F. W. Robertson.
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2. (Physics) The amount or degree of energy with which a force operates or a cause acts; effectiveness, as estimated by results produced.
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3. (Mech.) The magnitude of a distributed force, as pressure, stress, weight, etc., per unit of surface, or of volume, as the case may be; as, the measure of the intensity of a total stress of forty pounds which is distributed uniformly over a surface of four square inches area is ten pounds per square inch.
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4. (Photog.) The degree or depth of color or shade in a picture.
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