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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Intension  \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. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  intension 
  n  :  what  you  must  know  in  order  to  determine  the  reference  of  an 
  expression  [syn:  {sense},  {connotation}] 




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