Definition of “intensity” - English Dictionary

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“intensity” in British English

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intensitynoun

uk /ɪnˈten.sə.ti/ us /ɪnˈten.sə.t̬i/

C2 [ U ] the quality of being felt strongly or having a very strong effect:

The explosion was of such intensity that it was heard five miles away.

[ C or U ] the strength of something that can be measured such as light, sound, etc.:

measures of light intensity

[ U ] the quality of being very serious and having strong emotions or opinions:

The intensity of their relationship was causing problems.

More examples

  • She sang with febrile intensity.
  • Scientists use the instrument to measure the intensity of the light.
  • The firemen were forced to retreat by the intensity of the heat.
  • The intensity of the earthquake is measured on the Richter scale.
  • His sculptures are said to have a great emotional intensity.

(Definition of “intensity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“intensity” in American English

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intensitynoun [ U ]

us /ɪnˈten·sɪ·ɪ̬i/

the quality of being extreme in strength or force:

Simone sings with emotional intensity.
The light hit us with such intensity that we ducked.

art Intensity in a work of art describes the strength of the color, sound, light, or feeling.

(Definition of “intensity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)