ETYM Late Lat. intensitas: cf. French intensité. Related to Intense.
In physics, the power (or energy per second) per unit area carried by a form of radiation or wave motion. It is an indication of the concentration of energy present and, if measured at varying distances from the source, of the effect of distance on this. For example, the intensity of light is a measure of its brightness, and may be shown to diminish with distance from its source in accordance with the inverse square law (its intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance).
1. A measure of the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation); SYN. strength.
2. High level or degree; the property of being intense; SYN. intensiveness.