Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Intelligence"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Intelligence \In*tel"li*gence\, n. [F. intelligence, L.
intelligentia, intellegentia. See {Intelligent}.]
1. The act or state of knowing; the exercise of the

2. The capacity to know or understand; readiness of
comprehension; the intellect, as a gift or an endowment.

And dimmed with darkness their intelligence.

3. Information communicated; news; notice; advice.

Intelligence is given where you are hid. --Shak.

4. Acquaintance; intercourse; familiarity. [Obs.]

He lived rather in a fair intelligence than any
friendship with the favorites. --Clarendon.

5. 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

6. An intelligent being or spirit; -- generally applied to
pure spirits; as, a created intelligence. --Milton.

The great Intelligences fair That range above our
mortal state, In circle round the blessed gate,
Received and gave him welcome there. --Tennyson.

{Intelligence office}, an office where information may be
obtained, particularly respecting servants to be hired.

Syn: Understanding; intellect; instruction; advice; notice;
notification; news; information; report.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from
experience [ant: {stupidity}]
2: a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting
information about an enemy
3: secret information about an enemy (or potential enemy); "we
sent out planes to gather intelligence on their radar
4: new information about specific and timely events; "they
awaited news of the outcome" [syn: {news}, {tidings}, {word}]
5: the operation of gathering information about an enemy [syn:
{intelligence activity}, {intelligence operation}]

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