intent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj intent giving or marked by complete attention to "that engrossed look or rapt delight","then wrapped in dreams","so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare","rapt with wonder","wrapped in thought"
    • n intent an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions "his intent was to provide a new translation","good intentions are not enough","it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs","he made no secret of his designs"
    • n intent the intended meaning of a communication
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Idiana it is illegal to sell laughing gas with the intent to induce laughter.
    • Intent Closely directed; strictly attentive; bent; -- said of the mind, thoughts, etc.; as, a mind intent on self-improvement.
    • Intent 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.""Be intent and solicitous to take up the meaning of the speaker."
    • n Intent The act of turning the mind toward an object; hence, a design; a purpose; intention; meaning; drift; aim. "Be thy intents wicked or charitable.""The principal intent of Scripture is to deliver the laws of duties supernatural."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In New Hampshire it is illegal to inhale bus fumes with the intent of inducing euphoria.
    • intent Firmly or steadfastly fixed or directed (upon something); fixed with strained or earnest attention: as, an intent look or gaze; his thoughts are intent upon his duty.
    • intent Having the mind bent or earnestly fixed upon something; sedulously engaged or settled: usually with on or upon: as, a person intent upon business or pleasure.
    • intent Earnestly attentive; strongly devoted: with to.
    • n intent That which is intended; purpose; aim; design; intention; meaning.
    • n intent In law: Personal intention; the state of mind in respect of intelligent volition; the voluntary purposing of an act: often distinguishable from the motive which led to the formation of the intent. See criminal intent, below.
    • n intent The tendency imputable by law to an act; the constructive purpose of an action, for which the doer may be responsible, although the actual intent was not wrongful: as when a conveyance is said to be intended to defraud creditors, because, although it may have been without actual dishonest intention, it necessarily has that tendency.
    • n intent Notion; idea; thought; opinion.
    • n intent Attention; heed.
    • intent To accuse; charge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Wyoming it is illegal to tattoo a horse with the intent of making it unrecognizable to its owner.
    • adj Intent in-tent′ having the mind bent on: fixed with close attention: diligently applied
    • n Intent the thing aimed at or intended: a design: meaning
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Quotations

  • Pir Vilayat Khan
    Pir Vilayat Khan
    “It is not good enough for things to be planned -- they still have to be done; for the intention to become a reality, energy has to be launched into operation.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention”
  • Helen Rowland
    Helen%20Rowland
    “The hardest task of a girl's life, nowadays, is to prove to a man that his intentions are serious.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions.”
  • Thurgood Marshall
    Thurgood Marshall
    “What is the quality of your intent?”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.”

Idioms

Avowed intent - If someone makes a solemn or serious promise publicly to attempt to reach a certain goal, this is their avowed intent.
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I hereby give notice of my intention - Hereby is used sometimes in formal, official declarations and statements to give greater force to the speaker' or the writer's affirmation. People will say it sometimes to emphasise their sincerity and correctness.
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Road to hell is paved with good intentions - When people say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, they mean that positive intentions may have negative outcomes.
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To all intents and purposes - This means in all the most important ways.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. entent, entente, attention, purpose, OF. entente, F. entente, understanding, meaning; a participial noun, fr. F. & OF. entendre,. See Intend

Usage

In literature:

He had no intention of communicating his own doubts.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
But it is not our intention at present to cross the Rocky Mountains.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
But Renwick had no desire or intention to leave Vienna.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
He was therefore obliged to relinquish his intention of reaching Juan Fernandez.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Their original intention had been to go on to Damascus.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
He regarded her intently.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
She did not flinch; he said nothing; she looked intently into the two ratty eyes fastened on her over the edge of his bandanna.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
She listened intently, with sudden, little glances from a momentarily lifted gaze.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
He was undoubtedly preoccupied and not intentionally unkind to the woman.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
It was not long before I learnt that such was her intention.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Phil had no intention of being sorry for him.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Before he can recover himself, or divine her intent, the Indian is once more by his side.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Beth saw there was something wrong, and stopped, looking from one to the other intently.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
I don't know why I watched the new-comers so intently.
"Hushed Up" by William Le Queux
That delirious mind, in its frenzy, was too intent upon its one purpose to admit of this.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
But I have now given up that intention.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
And she loved the intent, far look of his eyes when they rested on her: intent, yet far, not near, not with her.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Anne sat, her head bent a little, responsive to the intention of his speech.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
But Peter Jackson's question implied no intention to communicate with the little victim's family.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Of course I admitted all this; but maintained that such was the intention of the Washington Cabinet.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
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In poetry:

He pray'd not with intent to change
His Father's high decree;
Nor had he need to ask in prayer
The thing he meant should be.
"On Being Asked the Necessity of Prayer" by Caroline Fry
And oft with grave and quiet mien,
And Samson-like intent,
Have brought about such ends, as by
Their lords were never meant.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
She scarce had done, when his shut eyes
An inward joy did represent,
To hear Celinda thus intent
To a love he so much did prize.
"An Ode Upon a Question Moved, Whether Love Should Continue Forever" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
A life not void of pure intent,
With small desert of praise or blame,
The love I felt, the good I meant,
I leave thee with my name.
"A Name" by John Greenleaf Whittier
XXXII.
Intent the straining senses drank
Looks, words, of soft repose,
And then poor eyelids gently sank,
As when Love's fingers close.
"Ballad Of The Dead Monk; Or, Brother Benedict" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
WHEN Jacob 's sons to Egypt went,
To purchase food their sole intent,
Which of the ten did Joseph bind,
And from the rest retain behind ?
"Enigma XXXVII." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

Logan Jameson signs his letter of intent to join the Clarendon College Men's Golf team this fall.
Not according to a New York man who is suing the iPhone-maker for what he alleges are intentionally misleading Apple ads promoting Siri's capabilities.
Hoarder Dies in Intentionally Set Fire Before Authorities Arrive to Clear Out Home.
While Attorney General Martha Coakley is trying to clarify what it means to intentionally violate the Open Meeting Law, Taunton recently rescheduled a City Council meeting to avoid any potential violations.
Lee set out to launch an e-book startup, she had noble intentions.
Sequim Middle School students' good intentions almost led principal Brian Jones and some teachers to shave their heads.
I changed my voice mail message this morning, announcing my return from " cloud nine " and my intent to attend once again to all things sporting.
Now a Washara County man has been charged with something close -- raising and selling roosters with the intent that they fight.
On both occasions, he seemed intent on staging a deathbed scene.
Can animals form intent in their feral little brains.
In politics, competence sometimes serves as a rhetorical proxy for intent.
The approach combines linguistic reasoning with reasoning about intentions and plans during incremental interpretation of dialogue moves.
Animal may have been intentionally starved.
Punters who back Franco Emirate will be watching the start intently.
Not every collection starts intentionally.
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In science:

The intent was to investigate whether the perturbation scheme, using larger clusters, would decrease the factor appearing in the expression for the new coupling J ′ .
Breakdown of the perturbative renormalization group for S >= 1 random antiferromagnetic spin chains
Our intention is to distinguish conditionals among pre-conditionals.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
Our intention is to admit much more general perturbations than those of ∇ = ∇h only.
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds
Many attempts are made to use World Wide Web techniques to at least partially substitute traditional lectures. The intention of this is to liberate students from the restrictions of temporal and spatial presence and thereby offer knowledge to a wider public.
Media Objects in Time - A Multimedia Streaming System
It is our intent in this paper to analyse the structure of the invariant GK (s, t) by rewriting it as a quantum invariant and then analysing its state summation.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
However, we note that, in the usual formalisations of Peano Arithmetics, such as PP, the axioms do not completely reflect Dedekind’s intentions as formulated in his Peano Postulates.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
To give an example, an intentionally type-preserving strategy can map a term of sort X to a term of sort Y while this type change would go unnoticed as long as terms are represented inside the union type any.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
S , namely the combinators (cid:13)·(·) and ♯ (·) for intentionally type-unifying traversal.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
It turned out that existing combinators for intentionally type-preserving traversal could be easily typed.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The highest random cavity quality factor was comparable to that of an intentionally introduced single defect.
A study of random laser modes in disordered photonic crystals
Note, however, that the main intention is to use these equations in a recursive coloring algorithm.
Constraint Satisfaction by Survey Propagation
It is also necessary to reanalyze existing applications of Tsallis’ thermostatistics with the intention to test the different generalizations discussed in this paper.
Non-unique way to generalize the Boltzmann-Gibbs distribution
It is our intention to derive a formula for the decay widths which can be compared with future calculations in light-cone string field theory.
Instability and Degeneracy in the BMN Correspondence
The intention of this paper is to show how the symmetry of a POVM can be used to construct a simple circuit for implementing the POVM.
Quantum circuits for single-qubit measurements corresponding to platonic solids
Although experiments over short time horizons directly lead to very low-order reduced models , our intent for introducing a finite cutoff time is to regulate divergences.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
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