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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
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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