The way he stared deep into her eyes was making her uncomfortable. For a first date, this was too much intensity. Intensity is the degree, volume, or magnitude of a thing, such as fire, emotion, weather, work, or passion.

Intensity is a word sometimes associated with passion, fire, and violence. It's used when discussing the level of such things as a love affair or, perhaps, a flame. For example, the intensity of the relationship between Bergman and Bogart in Casablanca was very high. Likewise, meteorologists measure the intensity of tornados on the Fujita Scale. Some things are meant to show intensity, such as performance by a great musician. Other things, such as, say, a blanket...not so much.

Definitions of intensity
  1. noun
    high level or degree; the property of being intense
    synonyms: intensiveness
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    force, forcefulness, strength
    physical energy or intensity
    badness, severeness, severity
    used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
    emphasis, vehemence
    intensity or forcefulness of expression
    the greatest possible intensity
    ferocity, fierceness, furiousness, fury, vehemence, violence, wildness
    the property of being wild or turbulent
    main force of a blow etc
    impulse, momentum
    an impelling force or strength
    energy, vigor, vigour, zip
    forceful exertion
    foulness, raininess
    (of weather) the badness of the weather
    distressfulness, seriousness
    the quality of arousing fear or distress
    too much emphasis
    savageness, savagery
    the property of being untamed and ferocious
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    degree, grade, level
    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
  2. noun
    chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue
    synonyms: chroma, saturation, vividness
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    color property
    an attribute of color
  3. noun
    the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)
    “he adjusted the intensity of the sound”
    synonyms: intensity level, strength
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    radio brightness
    the strength of a radio wave picked up by a radio telescope
    threshold level
    the intensity level that is just barely perceptible
    field intensity, field strength
    the vector sum of all the forces exerted by an electrical or magnetic field (on a unit mass or unit charge or unit magnetic pole) at a given point in the field
    candlepower, light intensity
    luminous intensity measured in candelas
    acoustic power, sound pressure level
    the physical intensity of sound
    half the maximum intensity
    magnetic field strength, magnetic flux density, magnetic induction, magnetic intensity
    the amount of magnetic flux in a unit area perpendicular to the direction of magnetic flow
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    the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small)
  4. noun
    the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
    synonyms: loudness, volume
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    a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency
    (music) a gradual increase in loudness
    forte, fortissimo
    (music) loud
    a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
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    sound property
    an attribute of sound
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