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  • A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making lime. The iron hoops which supported the arched top of the kiln buckled from the intense heat
    A 17th-century lime kiln excavated at Jamestown. In it oyster shells from the James River were burned for making lime. The iron hoops which supported the arched top of the kiln buckled from the intense heat
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Intenseness The state or quality of being intense; intensity; as, the intenseness of heat or cold; the intenseness of study or thought.
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Intensity magnet Intensity magnet

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cotton crops can be sprayed up to 40 times a year making it the most chemical-intensive crop in the world
    • n intenseness The state or character of being intense, in any sense of that word; intensity.
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  • Ezra Pound
    “Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”
  • William Butler Yeats
    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”
  • Earl Nightingale
    “The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment.”
  • John Mcdonald
    John Mcdonald
    “The intensity of your desire governs the power with which the force is directed.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    “An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.”


In literature:

She seemed to vibrate with intensity.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
In the face of intense resolve all obstacles became as nothing and his hand steadied on the rudder.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The weather was intensely cold, and in going to Brudenell the sisters had to face a fierce northwest wind.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Jackson was a man of ordinary height, slender, very erect in his carriage, with red hair and intensely blue eyes.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Her figure, drawn up with the intensity of her wishfulness, relaxed.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
In Groups 1 and 2 the intensity of stroke used was just sufficient to give a sharp and distinct stimulation.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
It was intensely dark and we were conscious of the silent fall of snow.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
As midday approached the heat became intense.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Nothing is there to break the inexorable contrast between intense white and intense black.
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
Clear and beautiful and intensely cold was the silent white wilderness and Bob's heart was as clear and light as the frosty air.
"Ungava Bob" by Dillon Wallace
As the trail led higher and darkness settled, the cold grew intense and Rhoda cowered and shivered.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
And, finally, as used by Shakespeare, it makes the first half of the play intensely interesting and dramatic.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
HATE, suppressed but intense HATE!
"The Threatening Eye" by Edward Frederick Knight
When his signal was made there was a penetrating intensity that affected every Annapolis player.
"An Annapolis First Classman" by Lt.Com Edward L. Beach
His deep blue eyes had leapt up from their usual intense calm into flame.
"The Soul Stealer" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
She was a pure blonde, one year my senior, very stately, very cold, and intensely proud.
"A Summer's Outing" by Carter H. Harrison
Her intense little being, however, was all afire with determination to win the purple star.
"Atlantic Narratives" by Mary Antin
Those subjected to intense heat must be of material able to resist it.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
The occasion was one of intense interest.
"Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains" by A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham
You're always so intensely ingenious, Claude.
"The Zeppelin Destroyer" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

Ah! who but she the glory knows
Of life, pure, high, intense,
In whose eternal silence blows
The wind beyond the sense!
"Mary" by George MacDonald
I lived you so intensely,
Believe me…
Who knows where I gaze
or what I’m doing now
from the eternity I’ve gained.
"Sisyphus" by Ozdemir Asaf
Then "Going! going!" Cupid cried;
The silence was intense
Until old Goldbags said, "I bid
My stocks and four per cents!"
"Outbid" by Ellis Parker Butler
"And when the Summer Heat is great,
And every hour intense,
The Moghra, with its subtle flowers,
Intoxicates the sense."
"Story Of Udaipore: Told" by Laurence Hope
'Alas! I was destin'd to know,
However intense my despair,
I still was reserv'd for a blow,
More painful and cruel to bear.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
I had a rather funny dream,
Intense, that is, and mystic;
I dreamed that, with one leap and yell,
The world became artistic.
"On the Disastrous Spread of Aestheticism in all Classes" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In news:

The recipient was reported to be recovering well last night in the intensive care unit.
Rated PG-13 (sexuality, intense accident scene).
So, that was pretty intense, huh.
Peter Mullan's Audacious Performance Packs a Terrifying Intensity in 'Tyrannosaur'.
You have a connection to the other guys that is intense and a respect that is long-lasting.
He died after six days in the hospital's intensive-care unit, the official said.
The dark, ominous clouds gave way to just a small sliver of the sun's intense glow and left us mystified with this wonder of nature.
The cancer-causing effects of oral exposure through water, however, remain the subject of intense debate between environmentalists and industry.
in 1988 the same intensity as a Category 3 today.
And investigate, too, because Bubblicious is sure whatever you're doing is intensely interesting and requires her oversight.
Garza's intensity nothing like Zambrano's.
After two NYC screenings of her intense directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey on Monday and Tuesday, Angelina Jolie was ready for some fun.
The cause was cardiac arrest, the Reuters news agency reported, citing Dr Maurizio Bufi, the chief of the hospital's intensive care unit.
Peter Braunstein had a full pantheon of female style icons (Edie Sedgwick, Jane Fonda, Kate Moss) and a passion for Manolos as intense as Carrie Bradshaw's.
Having lost the popular vote in five of six presidential elections, Republicans are plunging into intense self-examination.

In science:

When the T2 finite duration of the optical coherence is taken into account, the echo intensity can be expressed as (αL)2 e−4t23 /T2 times the transmitted intensity of the incoming signal, the latter being itself attenuated by factor e−αL .
Revival of Silenced Echo and Quantum Memory for Light
In the calibration mode of the ASICs a very low light intensity is needed to measure the gain as the distance between the peaks in a single-pixel spectrum, while at high light intensities (corresponding to ∼100 minimum-ionizing particles (MIPs)) the SiPM shows saturation behavior.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
The spectral weight on the other hand shows quite strong Q dependence and the intensity falls to the background level around Q=15 ˚A−1, which is clearly seen in the integrated intensity plot shown in Fig. 1(c).
Probing high-energy electronic excitations using inelastic neutron scattering
The coefficient 2α in the intensity is added to have the same intensity as in the pruning procedures of [6, 5, 4] but, as we shall see, it does not appear in the law of the number of records.
Record process on the Continuum Random Tree
Figure 3(b) reveals the intensity of lasing modes as a function of the pump level above threshold. A sharp increase of mode intensity is seen near the lasing threshold, which is larger than the corresponding TM threshold indicated by a vertical line.
Inherent Stochastic Linearization of Random Laser Modes
Slopes of linear fits on a log-log scale indicate the power m of intensity increase, i.e., intensity ∝ ρm 3 .
Inherent Stochastic Linearization of Random Laser Modes
Fig. 3 shows the distribution for strength of the electric field along the magnetic field line (Ek ) on the meridional plane for the static solution. A strong intensity region is appeared in the middle latitudes, while the less intensity is appeared in the charge clouds.
A Particle Simulation for the Axisymmetric Pulsar Magnetosphere: II. the case of dipole field
The Ek intensity map for the pair starved static structure with ¯q = 10−6 model on the meridional plane, where the color intensity is nomalized by Bl .
A Particle Simulation for the Axisymmetric Pulsar Magnetosphere: II. the case of dipole field
Left panel: typical tra jectories of the particle and Ek intensity map, the curves are color-coded with blue (for the negative charged particle), red (for the positive charged particle) and the color map indicates electric field intensity normalized by Bl .
A Particle Simulation for the Axisymmetric Pulsar Magnetosphere: II. the case of dipole field
Here, it is seen that the two peaks lose their intensities gradual with increasing temperature, and at and above 240 K, both peaks disappear and the intensities decrease to the background level.
Random Fan-Out State Induced by Site-Random Interlayer Couplings
The dotted curves represent higher beam intensities but the solid curves are with the planned 700 kW beam intensity.
Data Quality and Performance of the NOvA Prototype Detector
Line.intensity: PhysicalQuantity This is a source dependent relative intensity, useful as a guideline for low density sources.
IVOA Recommendation: Simple Spectral Lines Data Model Version 1.0
The relative intensities have meaning only within a given spectrum. 2. The relative intensities are most useful in comparing strengths of spectral lines that are not separated widely.
IVOA Recommendation: Simple Spectral Lines Data Model Version 1.0
The product measure on the edge-configurations is permitted to have different intensities on different edges, while requiring that any two parallel edges have the same intensity.
Three theorems in discrete random geometry
It has to be stressed that the propagation of light intensity in diffusive or strong scattering regimes obeys the second law of thermodynamics and thus the time scales of wave propagation and intensity propagation in fact can be separated.
Coherent feedback from dissipation: the lasing mode volume of random lasers