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in·tel·li·gence

 (ĭn-tĕl′ə-jəns)
n.
1. The ability to acquire, understand, and use knowledge: a person of extraordinary intelligence.
2.
a. Information, especially secret information gathered about an actual or potential enemy or adversary.
b. The gathering of such information: "Corporate intelligence relies on a slew of tools, some sophisticated, many quite basic" (Neil King and Jess Bravin).
c. An agency or organization whose purpose is to gather such information: an officer from military intelligence.
3. An intelligent, incorporeal being, especially an angel.

intelligence

(ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəns)
n
1. (Psychology) the capacity for understanding; ability to perceive and comprehend meaning
2. good mental capacity: a person of intelligence.
3. old-fashioned news; information
4. (Military) military information about enemies, spies, etc
5. (Military) a group or department that gathers or deals with such information
6. (often capital) an intelligent being, esp one that is not embodied
7. (Military) (modifier) of or relating to intelligence: an intelligence network.
[C14: from Latin intellegentia, from intellegere to discern, comprehend, literally: choose between, from inter- + legere to choose]
inˌtelliˈgential adj

in•tel•li•gence

(ɪnˈtɛl ɪ dʒəns)

n.
1. capacity for learning, reasoning, and understanding; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
2. mental alertness or quickness of understanding.
3. manifestation of a high mental capacity.
4. the faculty or act of understanding.
5. information received or imparted; news.
6.
a. secret information, esp. about an enemy or potential enemy.
b. the gathering or distribution of such information.
c. the evaluated conclusions drawn from such information.
d. an organization engaged in gathering such information: military intelligence.
7. (often cap.) an intelligent being or spirit, esp. an incorporeal one.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]

intelligence

1. The product resulting from the collection, processing, integration, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of available information concerning foreign countries or areas.
2. Information and knowledge about an adversary obtained through observation, investigation, analysis, or understanding. See also acoustic intelligence; all-source intelligence; basic intelligence; civil defense intelligence; combat intelligence; communications intelligence; critical intelligence; current intelligence; departmental intelligence; domestic intelligence; electronic intelligence; electro-optical intelligence; foreign intelligence; foreign instrumentation signals intelligence; general military intelligence; human resources intelligence; imagery intelligence; joint intelligence; laser intelligence; measurement and signature intelligence; medical intelligence; merchant intelligence; military intelligence; national intelligence; nuclear intelligence; open-source intelligence; operational intelligence; photographic intelligence; political intelligence; radar intelligence; radiation intelligence; scientific and technical intelligence; security intelligence; strategic intelligence; tactical intelligence; target intelligence; technical intelligence; technical operational intelligence; terrain intelligence; unintentional radiation intelligence.

Intelligence

 

See Also: MIND

  1. Brain like Einstein —H. E. Bates
  2. Compared with the short span of time they live, men of great intellect are like huge buildings standing on a small plot of ground —Arthur Schopenhauer
  3. A country without intellectuals is like a body without a head —Ayn Rand
  4. (I have) a head on my shoulders that’s like a child’s windmill, and I can’t prevent its making foolish words —D. H. Lawrence
  5. Intellect is to emotion as our clothes are to our bodies: we could not very well have civilized life without clothes, but we would be in a poor way if we had only clothes without bodies —Alfred North Whitehead
  6. Intelligence is like money … if you don’t let on how little you’ve got, people will treat you as though you have a lot —Anon
  7. A man of active and resilient mind outwears his friendships just as certainly as he outwears his love affairs, his politics and his epistemology —H. L. Mencken
  8. One good head is as good as a hundred strong hands —Thomas Fuller

    In Fuller’s collection of aphorisms it’s “Better than a hundred strong heads” but common usage has made “As good as” and “Like as” popular.

  9. Smart as a whip —Anon

    A simile very much in the mainstream of every day usage.

  10. Smart as forty crickets —American colloquialism, attributed to the South
  11. Smart … like an idiot savant, smart enough to be dumb when he needed to —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
ability, power - possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, wit, brain - mental ability; "he's got plenty of brains but no common sense"
breadth, largeness, comprehensiveness - the capacity to understand a broad range of topics; "a teacher must have a breadth of knowledge of the subject"; "a man distinguished by the largeness and scope of his views"
intellect, mind - knowledge and intellectual ability; "he reads to improve his mind"; "he has a keen intellect"
nonverbal intelligence - intelligence that is manifested in the performance of tasks requiring little or no use of language
verbal intelligence - intelligence in the use and comprehension of language
mental quickness, quick-wittedness, quickness - intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct responses without delay
mental dexterity, nimbleness - intelligence as revealed by quickness and alertness of mind; "nimbleness of wit and imagination"
genius, brilliance - unusual mental ability
precociousness, precocity - intelligence achieved far ahead of normal developmental schedules
keenness, sharpness, acuity, acuteness - a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind"
brightness, cleverness, smartness - intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty
astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness - intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
wits, marbles - the basic human power of intelligent thought and perception; "he used his wits to get ahead"; "I was scared out of my wits"; "he still had all his marbles and was in full possession of a lively mind"
stupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience
2.intelligence - a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy
administrative body, administrative unit - a unit with administrative responsibilities
military intelligence, military intelligence agency - an agency of the armed forces that obtains and analyzes and uses information of strategic or tactical military value
United States intelligence agency - an intelligence service in the United States
IC, Intelligence Community, National Intelligence Community, United States Intelligence Community - a group of government agencies and organizations that carry out intelligence activities for the United States government; headed by the Director of Central Intelligence
international intelligence agency - an intelligence agency outside the United States
3.intelligence - secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy); "we sent out planes to gather intelligence on their radar coverage"
info, information - a message received and understood
military intelligence - information about the armed forces of another country that is useful in planning and conducting military policy or military operations
4.intelligence - information about recent and important eventsintelligence - information about recent and important events; "they awaited news of the outcome"
info, information - a message received and understood
good word - good news
latest - the most recent news or development; "have you heard the latest?"
update - news that updates your information
5.intelligence - the operation of gathering information about an enemy
undercover work, spying - the act of keeping a secret watch for intelligence purposes
information gathering - the act of collecting information
current intelligence - intelligence of all types and forms of immediate interest; usually disseminated without delays for evaluation or interpretation
combat intelligence, tactical intelligence - intelligence that is required for the planning and conduct of tactical operations
strategic intelligence - intelligence that is required for forming policy and military plans at national and international levels
SIGINT, signals intelligence - intelligence information gathered from communications intelligence or electronics intelligence or telemetry intelligence
clandestine operation - an intelligence operation so planned and executed as to insure concealment
overt operation - the collection of intelligence openly without concealment
reconnaissance, reconnaissance mission - the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy); "an exchange of fire occurred on a reconnaissance mission"
counterintelligence - intelligence activities concerned with identifying and counteracting the threat to security posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by individuals engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism

intelligence

noun
1. intellect, understanding, brains (informal), mind, reason, sense, knowledge, capacity, smarts (slang, chiefly U.S.), judgment, wit, perception, awareness, insight, penetration, comprehension, brightness, aptitude, acumen, nous (Brit. slang), alertness, cleverness, quickness, discernment, grey matter (informal), brain power She's a woman of exceptional intelligence.
intellect understanding, ignorance, stupidity, dullness
2. information, news, facts, report, findings, word, notice, advice, knowledge, data, disclosure, gen (Brit. informal), tip-off, low-down (informal), notification a senior officer involved in gathering intelligence
information misinformation, concealment
3. espionage, spying, surveillance, information gathering, counter-intelligence, undercover work Why was military intelligence so lacking?
Quotations
"Intelligence is characterised by a natural incomprehension of life" [Henri Bergson L'Évolution Créatrice]
"Intelligence in chains loses in lucidity what it gains in intensity" [Albert Camus The Rebel]
"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function" [F. Scott Fitzgerald The Crack-Up]
"Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are" [George Santayana The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense]
"Intelligence ... is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas" [Susan Sontag Notes on Camp]

intelligence

noun
1. The faculty of thinking, reasoning, and acquiring and applying knowledge:
Slang: smart (used in plural).
2. That which is known about a specific subject or situation:
data, fact (used in plural), information, knowledge, lore.
3. New information, especially about recent events and happenings:
advice (often used in plural), news, tiding (often used in plural), word.
Informal: scoop.
Translations
إسْتِخْباراتدائِرَة الإسْتِخْباراتذَكاءذَكَاءٌ
inteligenceinteligencijazpravodajská službainformace
intelligensbegavelseefterretningefterretningerefterretningstjeneste
arukusharitlaneluureluureandmed
هوش
älykkyyssotilastiedusteluäly
inteligencijaobavještajna služba
hírszerzésintelligenciatitkosszolgálatértesülés
greind, gáfurleyniòjónustaupplÿsingar
知能
정보지성
nuntius
spravodajská služba
inteligencaobveščevalna službabistroumnost
intelligens
สติปัญญา
trí thông minh

intelligence

[ɪnˈtelɪdʒəns]
A. N
1. (= cleverness) → inteligencia f
2. (= information) → información f, inteligencia f
according to our latest intelligencesegún las últimas noticias
B. CPD intelligence agent Nagente mf de inteligencia, agente mf secreto
Intelligence Corps N (Brit) (Mil) → Cuerpo m de Informaciones
intelligence officer Noficial mf de informaciones
intelligence quotient (IQ) Ncociente m intelectual or de inteligencia
intelligence service Nservicio m de información or inteligencia
intelligence test Ntest m de inteligencia
intelligence work Ntrabajo m de inteligencia

intelligence

[ɪnˈtɛlɪəns]
n
(= intellect) → intelligence f
a person of average intelligence → une personne d'intelligence moyenne
(MILITARY, POLITICS) (= service, organization) → services mpl de renseignement
She works for U.S. Military Intelligence → Elle travaille pour les services de renseignement militaire américains., Elle travaille pour le renseignement militaire américain.
(MILITARY, POLITICS) (= information gathered) → renseignement m
Why was military intelligence so lacking? → Pourquoi le renseignement militaire a-t-il été si déficient?
modif (MILITARY, POLITICS) [report] → des services de renseignement
Western intelligence sources say that → Des sources émanant des services de renseignement occidentaux disent que ...intelligence agency nagence f de renseignementintelligence agent nagent m de renseignement, agent m de renseignementsintelligence gathering
modif [operation] → de collecte du renseignement; [agency] → de collecte du renseignementIntelligence officer n (British)officier m de renseignementintelligence quotient nquotient m intellectuelIntelligence Service nservices mpl de renseignement, services mpl de renseignementsintelligence test ntest m d'intelligence

intelligence

n
Intelligenz f; a man of little intelligenceein Mensch von geringer Intelligenz; if he hasn’t got the intelligence to wear a coatwenn er nicht gescheit genug ist, einen Mantel anzuziehen
(= news, information)Informationen pl; according to our latest intelligenceunseren letzten Meldungen or Informationen zufolge
(Mil etc) → Geheim- or Nachrichtendienst m

intelligence

:
intelligence corps
n (Mil) → Geheim- or Nachrichtendienst m
intelligence officer
n (Mil) → Nachrichtenoffizier(in) m(f)
intelligence quotient
intelligence service
n (Pol) → Geheim- or Nachrichtendienst m
intelligence test

intelligence

[ɪnˈtɛlɪdʒəns] n (cleverness) → intelligenza; (information) → informazioni fpl

intelligent

(inˈtelidʒənt) adjective
(negative unintelligent).
1. clever and quick at understanding. an intelligent child; That dog is so intelligent.
2. showing these qualities. an intelligent question.
inˈtelligently adverb
inˈtelligence noun
1. the quality of being intelligent. It requires a high degree of intelligence to do this job well.
2. news or information given.
3. a department of state or of the army etc which deals with secret information. He works in Intelligence.

intelligence

ذَكَاءٌ inteligence intelligens Intelligenz ευφυΐα inteligencia älykkyys intelligence inteligencija intelligenza 知能 지성 intelligentie intelligens inteligencja inteligência интеллект intelligens สติปัญญา zeka trí thông minh 智力

in·tel·li·gence

n. inteligencia.

intelligence

n inteligencia; — quotient (IQ) coeficiente m or cociente m intelectual (CI)
References in classic literature ?
said Jo, looking disappointed, as Laurie nodded and twinkled with a face full of mysterious intelligence.
With childlike faith he believed in the intelligence of the animals that lived in the sheds with him, and when he was lonely held long conversations with the cows, the pigs, and even with the chickens that ran about the barnyard.
Her laugh, too, was high, and perhaps a little strident, but there was a lively intelligence in it.
When, therefore, intelligence was received at the fort which covered the southern termination of the portage between the Hudson and the lakes, that Montcalm had been seen moving up the Champlain, with an army "numerous as the leaves on the trees," its truth was admitted with more of the craven reluctance of fear than with the stern joy that a warrior should feel, in finding an enemy within reach of his blow.
It was impossible to foretell in what exquisite verse the awakening spell might lurk; but, on raising her eyes from the page to Clifford's face, Phoebe would be made aware, by the light breaking through it, that a more delicate intelligence than her own had caught a lambent flame from what she read.
There was a remarkable intelligence in his features, as of a person who had so cultivated his mental part that it could not fail to mould the physical to itself and become manifest by unmistakable tokens.
It is true, an old farmer, who had been down to New York on a visit several years after, and from whom this account of the ghostly adventure was received, brought home the intelligence that Ichabod Crane was still alive; that he had left the neighborhood partly through fear of the goblin and Hans Van Ripper, and partly in mortification at having been suddenly dismissed by the heiress; that he had changed his quarters to a distant part of the country; had kept school and studied law at the same time; had been admitted to the bar; turned politician; electioneered; written for the newspapers; and finally had been made a justice of the ten pound court.
It appeared that the narrative he had promised to read us really required for a proper intelligence a few words of prologue.
Uncommonly conscientious for a seaman, and endued with a deep natural reverence, the wild watery loneliness of his life did therefore strongly incline him to superstition; but to that sort of superstition, which in some organizations seems rather to spring, somehow, from intelligence than from ignorance.
Greedily sucking in this intelligence, Gabriel solemnly warned the captain against attacking the white whale, in case the monster should be seen; in his gibbering insanity, pronouncing the White Whale to be no less a being than the Shaker God incarnated; the Shakers receiving the Bible.
Tom received this agreeable intelligence quite meekly; simply wondering, in his own heart, how many of these doomed men had wives and children, and whether they would feel as he did about leaving them.
Harriet bore the intelligence very wellblaming nobody and in every thing testifying such an ingenuousness of disposition and lowly opinion of herself, as must appear with particular advantage at that moment to her friend.

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