See also: intensión

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

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intension (plural intensions)

  1. intensity or the act of becoming intense.[1]
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], →OCLC:
      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.
  3. (dated) A straining, stretching, or bending; the state of being strained.
    the intension of a musical string

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

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intension f (invariable)

  1. intention, aim, purpose