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Dictionary Definition

intense adj
1 in an extreme degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense" [ant: mild]
2 extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning" [syn: acute]
3 (of color) having the highest saturation; "vivid green"; "intense blue" [syn: vivid]

User Contributed Dictionary




From intense.


  1. Strained; tightly drawn; kept on the stretch; strict; very close or earnest; as, intense study or application; intense thought.
  2. Extreme in degree; excessive; immoderate; as: (a) Ardent; fervent; as, intense heat. (b) Keen; biting; as, intense cold. (c) Vehement; earnest; exceedingly strong; as, intense passion or hate. (d) Very severe; violent; as, intense pain or anguish. (e) Deep; strong; brilliant; as, intense color or light.


  • Chinese: 剧烈
  • Finnish: intensiivinen, äärimmäinen
  • French: intense
  • Ido: intensa
  • Italian: intenso (1,2)
  • Romanian: intens



From intensus.






intense p
  1. feminine of intenso

Extensive Definition

Intensity is a widely-used term, which can refer to:
In colloquial use:
In physics:
In optics:
In astronomy:
  • Radiance, power per unit solid angle per unit projected source area (W·sr-1·m-2)
In seismology:
Other uses:
intense in Catalan: Intensitat
intense in French: Intensité
intense in Indonesian: Intensitas
intense in Portuguese: Intensidade

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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