Intension

Definition of Intension

In`ten´sion
n.1.
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.
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. Hamilton.

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