What does force mean?

Definitions for force
fɔrs, foʊrsforce

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word force.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. force(noun)

    a powerful effect or influence

    "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"

  2. force(noun)

    (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

    "force equals mass times acceleration"

  3. 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"

  4. force, personnel(noun)

    group of people willing to obey orders

    "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"

  5. 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"

  6. violence, force(noun)

    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"

  7. power, force(noun)

    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"

  8. force(noun)

    a group of people having the power of effective action

    "he joined forces with a band of adventurers"

  9. effect, force(noun)

    (of a law) having legal validity

    "the law is still in effect"

  10. 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"

  11. 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"

  12. impel, force(verb)

    urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

  13. push, force(verb)

    move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

  14. force, thrust(verb)

    impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

    "She forced her diet fads on him"

  15. wedge, squeeze, force(verb)

    squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

    "I squeezed myself into the corner"

  16. 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"

  17. pull, draw, force(verb)

    cause to move by pulling

    "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"

  18. force(verb)

    do forcibly; exert force

    "Don't force it!"

  19. storm, force(verb)

    take by force

    "Storm the fort"

Wiktionary

  1. Force(ProperNoun)

    Falls.

    Etymology: From fors. Cognate with Swedish fors

Webster Dictionary

  1. Force(verb)

    to stuff; to lard; to farce

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  2. Force(noun)

    a waterfall; a cascade

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  3. Force(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  4. Force(noun)

    power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  5. Force(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  6. Force(noun)

    strength or power exercised without law, or contrary to law, upon persons or things; violence

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  7. Force(noun)

    validity; efficacy

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  8. Force(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  9. Force(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  10. Force(noun)

    to compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  11. Force(noun)

    to do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one;s will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  12. Force(noun)

    to obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  13. Force(noun)

    to impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; -- with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  14. Force(noun)

    to put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  15. Force(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  16. Force(noun)

    to compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  17. Force(noun)

    to provide with forces; to reenforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  18. Force(noun)

    to allow the force of; to value; to care for

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  19. Force(verb)

    to use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to endeavor

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  20. Force(verb)

    to make a difficult matter of anything; to labor; to hesitate; hence, to force of, to make much account of; to regard

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

  21. Force(verb)

    to be of force, importance, or weight; to matter

    Etymology: [See Farce to stuff.]

Freebase

  1. Force

    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

  1. Force

    fōrs, Foss, fos, n. a waterfall. [Ice. foss, fors.]

  2. Force

    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

  1. Force

    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. force

    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

  1. force

    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

  1. force

    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.

  2. force

    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.

  3. force

    To provide with forces; to reinforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to garrison.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'force' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #701

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'force' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1430

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'force' in Nouns Frequency: #120

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'force' in Verbs Frequency: #201

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How to say force in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of force in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of force in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of force in a Sentence

  1. Bruce Rauner:

    The package of legislation fails to address Illinois’ fiscal and economic crisis – and in fact, makes it worse in the long run. It does not balance the budget. It does not make nearly sufficient spending reductions, does not pay down our debt, and holds schools hostage to force a Chicago bailout.

  2. Ashton Kutcher:

    I think you try... but at the same time I am not their father. I was never trying to be their father. I always had respect and honored Bruce [ Willis ], and I think he's a brilliant human being and a wonderful man, if they don't want an engagement with me, I'm not going to force it upon them. But they all do and it's great.

  3. Ted Cruz:

    We need a commander-in-chief who will speak the truth, and who will unleash the full force and fury of the American military to utterly destroy ISIS and its affiliates, we need to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act, so that known ISIS terrorists cannot use U.S. passports to return to America and wage jihad. We need a President who is serious – who will identify the enemy by name and do everything necessary to defeat it.

  4. Leon Trotsky:

    Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravitation.

  5. Stephen Xenakis:

    Military clinicians, particularly senior medical officers, justify participation in interrogations and force-feeding by asserting that the patient they’re responsible for is the nation and government and not the individual they are supposed to be helping, this assertion, or rationalization, absolutely violates all principles of clinical medicine and healthcare.

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