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 for intension
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Intension \In*ten"sion\, n. [L. intensio: cf. F. intension. See
     Intend, and cf. Intention.]
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     1. A straining, stretching, or bending; the state of being
        strained; as, the intension of a musical string.
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     2. Increase of power or energy of any quality or thing;
        intenseness; fervency. --Jer. Taylor.
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              Sounds . . . likewise do rise and fall with the
              intension or remission of the wind.   --Bacon.
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     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.
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              This law is, that the intension of our knowledge is
              in the inverse ratio of its extension. --Sir W.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: what you must know in order to determine the reference of
           an expression [syn: intension, connotation]

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