intensity[in ten′sə tē]
- The definition of intensity is the quality of being very strong, concentrated or difficult or the degree to which something is difficult or strong.
- An example of intensity is having the ability to run miles on end at a top speed.
- An example of intensity is how quickly a treadmill is moving.
- the quality of being intense; specif.,
- extreme degree of anything
- great energy or vehemence of emotion, thought, or activity
- degree or extent; relative strength, magnitude, vigor, etc.
- saturation (sense )
- Physics the amount of force or energy of heat, light, sound, electric current, etc. per unit area, volume, charge, etc.
Origin of intensityMedieval Latin intensitas
- Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force.
- Physics The amount or degree of strength of electricity, light, heat, or sound per unit area or volume.
- a. The strength of a color, especially the degree to which it lacks its complementary color.b. See saturation.
- the quality of being intense
- the degree of strength
- (physics) time-averaged energy flux (the ratio of average power to the area through which the power "flows"); irradiance
- (optics) can mean any of radiant intensity, luminous intensity or irradiance
- (astronomy) syn. radiance
- (geology) The severity of an earthquake in terms of its effects on the earth's surface, and buildings. The value depends on the distance from the epicentre, and is not to be confused with the magnitude.