WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•ten•sion  (in tenshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. intensification;
    increase in degree.
  2. intensity;
    high degree.
  3. relative intensity;
    degree.
  4. exertion of the mind;
    determination.
  5. Philosophy[Logic.](of a term) the set of attributes belonging to all and only those things to which the given term is correctly applied;
    connotation;
    comprehension. Cf. extension (def. 12).
in•tension•al, adj. 
in•tension•al•ly, adv. 
  • Latin intēnsiōn- (stem of intēnsiō). See intense, -ion
  • 1595–1605

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