Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Intempestively adverb Unseasonably. [ Obsolete]

Intempestivity noun [ Latin intempestivitas : confer French intempestivité .] Unseasonableness; untimeliness. [ Obsolete] Hales.

Intenable adjective [ Prefix in- not + tenable : confer French intenable .] Incapable of being held; untenable; not defensible; as, an intenable opinion; an intenable fortress. [ Obsolete] Bp. Warburton.

Intend (ĭn*tĕnd") transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intended ; present participle & verbal noun Intending .] [ Middle English entenden to be attentive, French entendre , from Latin intendre , intentum , and intensum , to intend, attend, stretch out, extend; prefix in- in + tendere to stretch, stretch out. See Tend .]


1. To stretch; to extend; to distend. [ Obsolete]

By this the lungs are intended or remitted.
Sir M. Hale.

2. To strain; to make tense. [ Obsolete]

When a bow is successively intended and remedied.
Cudworth.

3. To intensify; to strengthen. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

Magnetism may be intended and remitted.
Sir I. Newton.

4. To apply with energy.

Let him intend his mind, without respite, without rest, in one direction.
Emerson.

5. To bend or turn; to direct, as one's course or journey. [ Archaic] Shak.

6. To fix the mind on; to attend to; to take care of; to superintend; to regard. [ Obsolete]

Having no children, she did, with singular care and tenderness, intend the education of Philip.
Bacon.

My soul, not being able to intend two things at once, abated of its fervency in praying.
Fuller.

7. To fix the mind upon (something to be accomplished); to be intent upon; to mean; to design; to plan; to purpose; -- often followed by an infinitely with to , or a dependent clause with that ; as, he intends to go; he intends that she shall remain.

They intended evil against thee.
Ps. xxi. 11.

To-morrow he intends
To hunt the boar with certain of his friends.
Shak.

8. To design mechanically or artistically; to fashion; to mold. [ Obsolete]

Modesty was made
When she was first intended .
Beau. & Fl.

9. To pretend; to counterfeit; to simulate. [ Obsolete]

Intend a kind of zeal both to the prince and Claudio.
Shak.

Syn. -- To purpose; mean; design; plan; conceive; contemplate.

Intendancy noun ; plural Intendancies . [ Confer French intendance . See Intendant .]


1. The office or employment of an intendant.

2. A territorial district committed to the charge of an intendant.

Intendant noun [ French intendant , from Latin intendere to direct (one's thoughts) to a thing. See Intend .] One who has the charge, direction, or management of some public business; a superintendent; as, an intendant of marine; an intendant of finance.

Intendant adjective [ See Intend .] Attentive. [ Obsolete]

Intended adjective
1. Made tense; stretched out; extended; forcible; violent. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

2. Purposed; designed; as, intended harm or help.

They drew a curse from an intended good.
Cowper.

3. Betrothed; affianced; as, an intended husband.

Intended noun One with whom marriage is designed; one who is betrothed; an affianced lover.

If it were not that I might appear to disparage his intended , . . . I would add that to me she seems to be throwing herself away.
Dickens.

Intendedly adverb Intentionally. [ R.] Milton.

Intendent noun See Intendant , noun [ Obsolete]

Intender noun One who intends. Feltham.

Intendiment noun [ Late Latin intendimentum . See Intendment .] Attention; consideration; knowledge; understanding. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Intendment noun [ Middle English entendement understanding, insight, French entendement , from Late Latin intendimentum . See Intend .]


1. Charge; oversight. [ Obsolete] Ford.

2. Intention; design; purpose.

The intendment of God and nature.
Jer. Taylor.

3. (Law) The true meaning, understanding, or intention of a law, or of any legal instrument.

Intenerate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intenerated ; present participle & verbal noun Intenerating .] [ Prefix in- in + Latin tener soft, tender. See Tender , adjective ] To make tender or sensitive; to soften.

Fear intenerates the heart.
Bp. Hall.

So have I seen the little purls of a stream . . . intenerate the stubborn pavement.
Jer. Taylor.

Intenerate (ĭn*tĕn"ẽr*at) adjective Made tender or soft; softened. [ Obsolete]

Inteneration (-ā"shŭn) noun The act or process of intenerating, or the state of being intenerated; softening. [ R.] Bacon.

Intenible adjective [ Prefix in- not + Latin tenere to hold: confer Latin intenibilis not to be grasped. Confer Intenable .] Incapable of holding or containing. [ Obsolete]

This captious and intenible sieve.
Shak.

Intensate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intensated ; present participle & verbal noun Intensating .] [ See Intense .] To intensify. [ R.] Emerson.

Intensation noun The act or process of intensifying; intensification; climax. [ R.] Carlyle.

Intensative adjective Adding intensity; intensifying.

Intense adjective [ Latin intensus stretched, tight, past participle of intendere to stretch: confer French intense . See Intend , and confer Intent , and confer Intent , adjective ]


1. Strained; tightly drawn; kept on the stretch; strict; very close or earnest; as, intense study or application; intense thought.

2. Extreme in degree; excessive; immoderate; as: (a) Ardent; fervent; as, intense heat. (b) Keen; biting; as, intense cold. (c) Vehement; earnest; exceedingly strong; as, intense passion or hate. (d) Very severe; violent; as, intense pain or anguish. (e) Deep; strong; brilliant; as, intense color or light.

In this intense seclusion of the forest.
Hawthorne.

Intensely adverb
1. Intently. [ Obsolete] J. Spencer.

2. To an extreme degree; as, weather intensely cold.

Intenseness noun The state or quality of being intense; intensity; as, the intenseness of heat or cold; the intenseness of study or thought.

Intensification noun The act or process of intensifying, or of making more intense.

Intensifier noun One who or that which intensifies or strengthens; in photography, an agent used to intensify the lights or shadows of a picture.

Intensify transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intensified ; present participle & verbal noun Intensifying .] [ Intense + - fly .] To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity. Bacon.

How piercing is the sting of pride
By want embittered and intensified .
Longfellow.

Intensify intransitive verb To become intense, or more intense; to act with increasing power or energy.

Intension noun [ Latin intensio : confer French intension . See Intend , and confer 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.

Intensitive adjective Increasing the force or intensity of; intensive; as, the intensitive words of a sentence. H. Sweet.

Intensity noun [ Late Latin intensitas : confer French intensité . See Intense .]


1. The state or quality of being intense; intenseness; extreme degree; as, intensity of heat, cold, mental application, passion, etc.

If you would deepen the intensity of light, you must be content to bring into deeper blackness and more distinct and definite outline the shade that accompanies it.
F. W. Robertson.

2. (Physics) The amount or degree of energy with which a force operates or a cause acts; effectiveness, as estimated by results produced.

3. (Mech.) The magnitude of a distributed force, as pressure, stress, weight, etc., per unit of surface, or of volume, as the case may be; as, the measure of the intensity of a total stress of forty pounds which is distributed uniformly over a surface of four square inches area is ten pounds per square inch.

4. (Photog.) The degree or depth of shade in a picture.

Intensive adjective [ Confer French intensif . See Intense .]


1. Stretched; admitting of intension, or increase of degree; that can be intensified. Sir M. Hale.

2. Characterized by persistence; intent; unremitted; assiduous; intense. [ Obsolete] Sir H. Wotton.

3. (Gram.) Serving to give force or emphasis; as, an intensive verb or preposition.

Intensive noun That which intensifies or emphasizes; an intensive verb or word.

Intensive adjective (Agriculture) Designating, or pertaining to, any system of farming or horticulture, usually practiced on small pieces of land, in which the soil is thoroughly worked and fertilized so as to get as much return as possible; -- opposed to extensive .

Intensively adverb In an intensive manner; by increase of degree. Abp. Bramhall.

Intensiveness noun The quality or state of being intensive; intensity. Sir M. Hale.

Intent adjective [ Latin intentus , past participle of intendere . See Intend , and confer Intense .]


1. Closely directed; strictly attentive; bent; -- said of the mind, thoughts, etc.; as, a mind intent on self-improvement.

2. Having the mind closely directed to or bent on an object; sedulous; eager in pursuit of an object; -- formerly with to , but now with on ; as, intent on business or pleasure. " Intent on mischief." Milton.

Be intent and solicitous to take up the meaning of the speaker.
I. Watts.

Intent noun [ Middle English entent , entente , attention, purpose, Old French entente , French entente understanding, meaning; a participial noun, from F. & Old French entendre . See Intend .] The act of turning the mind toward an object; hence, a design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim.

Be thy intents wicked or charitable.
Shak.

The principal intent of Scripture is to deliver the laws of duties supernatural.
Hooker.

To all intents and purposes , in all applications or senses; practically; really; virtually; essentially. "He was miserable to all intents and purpose ." L'Estrange.

Syn. -- Design; purpose; intention; meaning; purport; view; drift; object; end; aim; plan.

Intentation noun Intention. [ Obsolete]

Intention noun [ French intention , Latin intentio . See Intend , and confer Intension .]


1. A stretching or bending of the mind toward an object; closeness of application; fixedness of attention; earnestness.

Intention is when the mind, with great earnestness, and of choice, fixes its view on any idea.
Locke.

2. A determination to act in a certain way or to do a certain thing; purpose; design; as, an intention to go to New York.

Hell is paved with good intentions .
Johnson.

3. The object toward which the thoughts are directed; end; aim.

In [ chronical distempers], the principal intention is to restore the tone of the solid parts.
Arbuthnot.

4. The state of being strained. See Intension . [ Obsolete]

5. (Logic) Any mental apprehension of an object.

First intention (Logic) , a conception of a thing formed by the first or direct application of the mind to the individual object; an idea or image; as, man , stone . -- Second intention (Logic) , a conception generalized from first intuition or apprehension already formed by the mind; an abstract notion; especially, a classified notion, as species , genus , whiteness . -- To heal by the first intention (Surg.) , to cicatrize, as a wound, without suppuration. -- To heal by the second intention (Surg.) , to unite after suppuration.

Syn. -- Design; purpose; object; aim; intent; drift; purport; meaning. See Design .

Intentional adjective [ Confer French intentionnel .] Done by intention or design; intended; designed; as, the act was intentional , not accidental.

Intentionality noun The quality or state of being intentional; purpose; design. Coleridge.

Intentionally adverb In an intentional manner; with intention; by design; of purpose.

Intentioned adjective Having designs; -- chiefly used in composition; as, well- intentioned , having good designs; ill- intentioned , having ill designs.

Intentive adjective [ Middle English ententif , Old French ententif , from Latin intentivus intensive. See Intent , noun , and confer Intensive .] Attentive; intent. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Intentively adverb Attentively; closely. [ Obsolete] " Intentively to observe." Holland.

Intentiveness noun Closeness of attention or application of mind; attentiveness. [ Obsolete] W. Montagu.

Intently adverb In an intent manner; as, the eyes intently fixed.

Syn. -- Fixedly; steadfastly; earnestly; attentively; sedulously; diligently; eagerly.

Intentness noun The state or quality of being intent; close application; attention.

Extreme solicitude or intentness upon business.
South.

Inter transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Interred ; present participle & verbal noun Interring .] [ Middle English enteren , Old French enterer , enterrer , Late Latin interrare ; Latin prefix in- in + terra the earth. See Terrace .] To deposit and cover in the earth; to bury; to inhume; as, to inter a dead body. Shak.