intension

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin intēnsiō (straining, effort; intensifying), from intēnsus (stretched), perfect passive participle of intendō (strain or stretch toward) [1].

Noun[edit]

intension (plural intensions)

  1. intensity or the act of becoming intense [1].
    • Francis Bacon
      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 to actual instances in the real world to which the term applies.
    • Sir W. Hamilton
      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

Usage notes[edit]

Not to be confused with intention.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "intension" (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2000)

Venetian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Compare Italian intenzione

Noun[edit]

intension f (invariable)

  1. intention, aim, purpose