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Webster 1913 Edition


Intense

In-tense′

,
Adj.
[L.
intensus
stretched, tight, p. p. of
intendere
to stretch: cf. F.
intense
. See
Intend
, and cf.
Intent
, and cf.
Intent
,
Adj.
]
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
.
In this
intense
seclusion of the forest.
Hawthorne.

Webster 1828 Edition


Intense

INTENSE

,
Adj.
intens'. [L. intensus, from intendo, to stretch.]
1.
Literally, strained, stretched; hence, very close, strict,as when the mind is fixed or bent on a particular subject; as, intense study or application; intense thought.
2.
Raised to a high degree; violent; vehement; as intense heat.
3.
Very severe or keen; as intense cold.
4.
Vehement; ardent; as intense phrases in language.
5.
Extreme in degree.
The doctrine of the atonement supposes that the sins of men were so laid on Christ, that his sufferings were inconceivably intense and overwhelming.
6.
Kept on the stretch; anxiously attentive; opposed to remiss.

Definition 2022


intense

intense

English

Adjective

intense (comparative intenser or more intense, superlative intensest or most intense)

  1. Strained; tightly drawn.
  2. Strict, very close or earnest.
    intense study;  intense thought
  3. Extreme in degree; excessive.
  4. Extreme in size or strength.
    • 2013 June 29, High and wet”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28:
      Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. The early, intense onset of the monsoon on June 14th swelled rivers, washing away roads, bridges, hotels and even whole villages.
  5. Stressful and tiring.
  6. Very severe.

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Dutch

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Adjective

intense

  1. Inflected form of intens

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French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin intensus.

Pronunciation

Adjective

intense m, f (plural intenses)

  1. intense

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Italian

Adjective

intense

  1. feminine plural of intenso

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Latin

Adjective

intense

  1. vocative masculine singular of intensus

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

intense

  1. definite singular of intens
  2. plural form of intens

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

intense

  1. definite singular of intens
  2. plural form of intens