Intelligence

Definition of Intelligence

In`tel´li`gence
n.1.
1.The act or state of knowing; the exercise of the understanding.
2.The capacity to know or understand; readiness of comprehension; the intellect, as a gift or an endowment.
And dimmed with darkness their intelligence.
- Spenser.
3.Information communicated; news; notice; advice.
Intelligence is given where you are hid.
- Shak.
4.Acquaintance; intercourse; familiarity.
He lived rather in a fair intelligence than any friendship with the favorites.
- Clarendon.
5.(Mil.) Knowledge imparted or acquired, whether by study, research, or experience; general information.
I write as he that none intelligence
Of meters hath, ne flowers of sentence.
- Court of Love.
6.An intelligent being or spirit; - generally applied to pure spirits; as, a created intelligence.
The great Intelligences fair
That range above our mortal state,
In circle round the blessed gate,
Received and gave him welcome there.
- Tennyson.
7.(Mil.) The division within a military organization that gathers and evaluates information about an enemy.
Intelligence office
an office where information may be obtained, particularly respecting servants to be hired.

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