Intensive In*ten"sive, a. [Cf. F. intensif. See {Intense}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Stretched; admitting of intension, or increase of degree; that can be intensified. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by persistence; intent; unremitted; assiduous; intense. [Obs.] --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Gram.) Serving to give force or emphasis; as, an intensive verb or preposition. [1913 Webster]

4. (Agric.) 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}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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