a powerful effect or influence
"the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"
(physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
"force equals mass times acceleration"
force, forcefulness, strength(noun)
physical energy or intensity
"he hit with all the force he could muster"; "it was destroyed by the strength of the gale"; "a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"
group of people willing to obey orders
"a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
military unit, military force, military group, force(noun)
a unit that is part of some military service
"he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)
"he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
"the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil"
a group of people having the power of effective action
"he joined forces with a band of adventurers"
(of a law) having legal validity
"the law is still in effect"
force out, force-out, force play, force(verb)
a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base
"the shortstop got the runner at second on a force"
coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, force(verb)
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
"He squeezed her for information"
urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
"She forced her diet fads on him"
wedge, squeeze, force(verb)
squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
"I squeezed myself into the corner"
force, drive, ram(verb)
force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
"She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"
pull, draw, force(verb)
cause to move by pulling
"draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
do forcibly; exert force
"Don't force it!"
take by force
"Storm the fort"
Origin: From fors. Cognate with Swedish fors
to stuff; to lard; to farce
a waterfall; a cascade
strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or energy; capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; especially, power to persuade, or convince, or impose obligation; pertinency; validity; special signification; as, the force of an appeal, an argument, a contract, or a term
power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion
strength or power for war; hence, a body of land or naval combatants, with their appurtenances, ready for action; -- an armament; troops; warlike array; -- often in the plural; hence, a body of men prepared for action in other ways; as, the laboring force of a plantation
strength or power exercised without law, or contrary to law, upon persons or things; violence
any action between two bodies which changes, or tends to change, their relative condition as to rest or motion; or, more generally, which changes, or tends to change, any physical relation between them, whether mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, or of any other kind; as, the force of gravity; cohesive force; centrifugal force
to constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible; to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means; to coerce; as, masters force slaves to labor
to compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind
to do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one;s will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon
to obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress
to impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; -- with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc
to put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce
to exert to the utmost; to urge; hence, to strain; to urge to excessive, unnatural, or untimely action; to produce by unnatural effort; as, to force a consient or metaphor; to force a laugh; to force fruits
to compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none
to provide with forces; to reenforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison
to allow the force of; to value; to care for
to use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to endeavor
to make a difficult matter of anything; to labor; to hesitate; hence, to force of, to make much account of; to regard
to be of force, importance, or weight; to matter
Origin: [See Farce to stuff.]
In physics, a force is any influence that causes an object to undergo a certain change, either concerning its movement, direction, or geometrical construction. In other words, a force can cause an object with mass to change its velocity, i.e., to accelerate, or a flexible object to deform, or both. Force can also be described by intuitive concepts such as a push or a pull. A force has both magnitude and direction, making it a vector quantity. It is measured in the SI unit of newtons and represented by the symbol F. The original form of Newton's second law states that the net force acting upon an object is equal to the rate at which its momentum changes with time. If the mass of the object is constant, this law implies that the acceleration of an object is directly proportional to the net force acting on the object, is in the direction of the net force, and is inversely proportional to the mass of the object. As a formula, this is expressed as: where the arrows imply a vector quantity possessing both magnitude and direction. Related concepts to force include: thrust, which increases the velocity of an object; drag, which decreases the velocity of an object; and torque which produces changes in rotational speed of an object. In an extended body, each part usually applies forces on the adjacent parts; the distribution of such forces through the body is the so-called mechanical stress. Pressure is a simple type of stress. Stress usually causes deformation of solid materials, or flow in fluids.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fōrs, Foss, fos, n. a waterfall. [Ice. foss, fors.]
fōrs, v.t. (cook.) to stuff, as a fowl.—n. Force′meat, meat chopped fine and highly seasoned, used as a stuffing or alone. [A corr. of farce.]
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
Force may be variously defined. (a) Any cause of change of the condition of matter with respect to motion or rest. (b) A measurable action upon a body under which the state of rest of that body, or its state of uniform motion in a straight line, suffers change. (c) It may be defined by its measurement as the rate of change of momentum, or (d) as the rate at which work is done per unit of space traversed. Force is measured by the acceleration or change of motion it can impart to a body of unit mass in a unit of time, or, calling force, F, mass, m acceleration per second a we have F = m a. The dimensions of force are mass (M) * acceleration (L/(T^2)) = (M*L)/(T^2).
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
1. An aggregation of military personnel, weapon systems, equipment, and necessary support, or combination thereof. 2. A major subdivision of a fleet.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A term which implies the sudden rush of water through a narrow rocky channel, and accompanied by a fall of the surface after the obstacle is passed. It is synonymous with fall. Also, the force of each ship stated agreeably to the old usage in the navy, according to the number of guns actually carried. In these days of iron-clads, turret-ships, and heavy guns, this does not give a true estimate of a ship's force. Also, the general force, ships, men, soldiers, &c., engaged in any expedition; as expeditionary force.--Also, force of wind, now described by numbers, 0 being calm, 12 the heaviest gale.--To force, is to take by storm; to force a passage by driving back the enemy.--Colloquially, no force--gently.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In its military application, signifies an army of all branches,—artillery, cavalry, and infantry. It is sometimes used in the plural number, but with the same signification; as, “commander of the forces;” and occasionally we find the word used in another sense, thus, “He is in great force.” To force, in broadsword exercise, is to break an adversary’s sword-guard, and either wound him or expose him to a wound.
To obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress. Also to impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc.
To provide with forces; to reinforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to garrison.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Force' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #701
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Rank popularity for the word 'Force' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1430
Rank popularity for the word 'Force' in Nouns Frequency: #120
Rank popularity for the word 'Force' in Verbs Frequency: #201
The numerical value of Force in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Force in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- قوة, أجبر, اضطرArabic
- көс, ғәмәл, ҡеүәтBashkir
- сила, действие, насилие, войска, принуждавам, заставям, насилвамBulgarian
- forçaCatalan, Valencian
- síla, přinutit, nutitCzech
- kraft, styrke, magt, fremtvinge, tvingeDanish
- Gewalt, Kraft, Kräfte, erzwingen, zwingenGerman
- κύρος, βία, δύναμη, ισχύς, σθένος, σώμαGreek
- forto, perforto, devigiEsperanto
- fuerza, forzar, obligarSpanish
- voima, väkivalta, valta, pakottaaFinnish
- force, forces, pouvoir, truc, forcer, contraindreFrench
- cumhachdScottish Gaelic
- ज़ोर, बलHindi
- ուժ, ուժեր, զորություն, զինված ուժեր, ստիպել, հարկադրել, բռնանալArmenian
- forco, vigoro, mov-energio, violento, koakto, trupiIdo
- forza, forzareItalian
- 力, 強いるJapanese
- 힘, 포스Korean
- fortitudo, vis, potentia, obligo, cōgōLatin
- jėga, galia, priversti, verstiLithuanian
- spēks, vara, piespiestLatvian
- mahatonga, maneryMalagasy
- сила, моќ, насилство, полноважност, присилува, принудува, тера, силиMacedonian
- ശക്തി, ബലംMalayalam
- macht, troep, truc, kracht, geweld, dwingen, forceren, overweldigen, afdwingen, brandenDutch
- kraft, styrke, tvang, tvinge, påtvingeNorwegian
- siła, moc, siły, zmusićPolish
- força, validade, obrigar, compelir, forçarPortuguese
- forță, violenta, supuneRomanian
- мощь, отряд, сила, насилие, дурь, власть, заставить, принуждать, заставлять, принудитьRussian
- බලයSinhala, Sinhalese
- kraft, styrka, tvingaSwedish
- zorlamak, kuvvetTurkish
- міць, загін, змусити, муситиUkrainian
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