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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Intrinsic  \In*trin"sic\  ([i^]n*tr[i^]n"s[i^]k),  a.  [L. 
  intrinsecus  inward,  on  the  inside;  intra  within  +  secus 
  otherwise,  beside;  akin  to  E.  second:  cf  F.  intrins[`e]que. 
  See  {Inter-},  {Second},  and  cf  {Extrinsic}.] 
  1.  Inward;  internal;  hence  true;  genuine;  real;  essential; 
  inherent;  not  merely  apparent  or  accidental;  --  opposed  to 
  {extrinsic};  as  the  intrinsic  value  of  gold  or  silver; 
  the  intrinsic  merit  of  an  action  the  intrinsic  worth  or 
  goodness  of  a  person. 
 
  He  was  better  qualified  than  they  to  estimate  justly 
  the  intrinsic  value  of  Grecian  philosophy  and 
  refinement.  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  2.  (Anat.)  Included  wholly  within  an  organ  or  limb,  as 
  certain  groups  of  muscles;  --  opposed  to  {extrinsic}. 
 
  {Intrinsic  energy  of  a  body}  (Physics),  the  work  it  can  do  in 
  virtue  of  its  actual  condition,  without  any  supply  of 
  energy  from  without 
 
  {Intrinsic  equation  of  a  curve}  (Geom.),  the  equation  which 
  expresses  the  relation  which  the  length  of  a  curve, 
  measured  from  a  given  point  of  it  to  a  movable  point,  has 
  to  the  angle  which  the  tangent  to  the  curve  at  the  movable 
  point  makes  with  a  fixed  line 
 
  {Intrinsic  value}.  See  the  Note  under  {Value},  n. 
 
  Syn:  Inherent;  innate;  natural;  real;  genuine. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Intrinsic  \In*trin"sic\,  n. 
  A  genuine  quality.  [Obs.]  --Warburton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  intrinsic 
  adj  1:  belonging  to  a  thing  by  its  very  nature;  "form  was  treated 
  as  something  intrinsic,  as  the  very  essence  of  the 
  thing"-  John  Dewey  [syn:  {intrinsical}]  [ant:  {extrinsic}] 
  2:  (anatomy)  situated  within  or  belonging  solely  to  the  organ 
  or  body  part  on  which  it  acts  "intrinsic  muscles" 




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