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Pronunciation: in-ten'si-te


  1. Marked tension; great activity; often used simply to denote a measure of the degree or amount of some quality.
  2. The magnitude of acoustic energy, energy flux, field strength, or force.

[L. in- tendo, pp. -tensus, to stretch out]

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