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intensity

1. Physics
a. a measure of field strength or of the energy transmitted by radiation
b. (of sound in a specified direction) the average rate of flow of sound energy, usually in watts, for one period through unit area at right angles to the specified direction.
2. Geology a measure of the size of an earthquake based on observation of the effects of the shock at the earth's surface. Specified on the Mercalli scale

intensity

1. (radiant intensity) The radiant flux emitted per unit solid angle by a point source in a given direction. It is measured in watts per steradian.
2. Obsolete name for field strength of a magnetic or electric field.

intensity

[in′ten·səd·ē]
(physics)
The strength or amount of a quantity, as of electric field, current, magnetization, radiation, or radioactivity.
The power transmitted by a light or sound wave across a unit area perpendicular to the wave.
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They must have been, and were, in the notes, as well as in the words of his wild fantasias (for he not unfrequently accompanied himself with rhymed verbal improvisations), the result of that intense mental collectedness and concentration to which I have previously alluded as observable only in particular moments of the highest artificial excitement.
Shaking this off with a gasp and a struggle, I uplifted myself upon the pillows, and, peering earnestly within the intense darkness of the chamber, hearkened-- I know not why, except that an instinctive spirit prompted me--to certain low and indefinite sounds which came, through the pauses of the storm, at long intervals, I knew not whence.
For if, in its perihelion, it should approach within a certain degree of the sun (as by their calculations they have reason to dread) it will receive a degree of heat ten thousand times more intense than that of red hot glowing iron, and in its absence from the sun, carry a blazing tail ten hundred thousand and fourteen miles long, through which, if the earth should pass at the distance of one hundred thousand miles from the nucleus, or main body of the comet, it must in its passage be set on fire, and reduced to ashes: that the sun, daily spending its rays without any nutriment to supply them, will at last be wholly consumed and annihilated; which must be attended with the destruction of this earth, and of all the planets that receive their light from it.
At last, with intense relief, I saw dimly coming up, a foot to the right of me, a slender loophole in the wall.
Though for once they had ample pasturage, yet the keen winds were so intense that, in the morning, a mule was found frozen to death.
American researchers have uncovered the mechanism that allows intense light to protect people against heart attacks.
[USA], Aug 11 (ANI): Intense light amplifies a specific gene that bolsters blood vessels and offers protection against heart attacks, suggests a study.
Lahore -- Pakistan junior Davis Cup team non-playing captain Rashid Malik has said that young tennis players have potential and if provided intense training, they are bound to excel at international level.
Research into intense laser-plasma interactions has over the past 15 years, resulted in the development of compact and intense sources of high energy electrons, protons, heavy ions, neutrons and gamma-rays.
Atmospheric rivers (ARs) are short-lived and mobile streams of intense water vapor transport through the lower atmosphere.
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Metro Manila and parts of nearby provinces will get heavy to intense rain showers with lightning and strong winds on Saturday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).