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Meaning of INTENSION

Pronunciation:  in'tenshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression

INTENSION is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: connotation
 See Also: import, meaning, significance, signification



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*ten"sion\, n. [L. intensio: cf. F. intension. See
{Intend}, and cf. {Intention}.]
1. A straining, stretching, or bending; the state of being
   strained; as, the intension of a musical string.

2. Increase of power or energy of any quality or thing;
   intenseness; fervency. --Jer. Taylor.

         Sounds . . . likewise do rise and fall with the
         intension or remission of the wind.   --Bacon.

3. (Logic & Metaph.) The collective attributes, qualities, or
   marks that make up a complex general notion; the
   comprehension, content, or connotation; -- opposed to
   {extension}, {extent}, or {sphere}.

         This law is, that the intension of our knowledge is
         in the inverse ratio of its extension. --Sir W.