• IPA: /ɪnˈtɛnʃən/

intension (plural intensions)

  1. intensity or the act of becoming intense .
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      Sounds […] likewise do rise and fall with the intension or remission of the wind.
  2. (logic, semantics) Any property or quality connoted by a word, phrase or other symbol, contrasted with actual instances in the real world to which the term applies.
    • This law is, that the intension of our knowledge is in the inverse ratio of its extension.
  3. (dated) A straining, stretching, or bending; the state of being strained.
    the intension of a musical string
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