Definitions for: Intension

[n] what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: connotation

See Also: import, meaning, significance, signification

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