What does strong mean?

Definitions for strong
strɔŋ, strɒŋ; ˈstrɔŋ gər, ˈstrɒŋ-; ˈstrɔŋ gɪst, ˈstrɒŋ-strong

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strongadjective

    having strength or power greater than average or expected

    "a strong radio signal"; "strong medicine"; "a strong man"

  2. strongadjective

    not faint or feeble

    "a strong odor of burning rubber"

  3. potent, strongadjective

    having or wielding force or authority

    "providing the ground soldier with increasingly potent weapons"

  4. potent, strong, stiffadjective

    having a strong physiological or chemical effect

    "a potent toxin"; "potent liquor"; "a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"

  5. impregnable, inviolable, secure, strong, unassailable, unattackableadjective

    immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with

    "an impregnable fortress"; "fortifications that made the frontier inviolable"; "a secure telephone connection"

  6. solid, strong, substantialadjective

    of good quality and condition; solidly built

    "a solid foundation"; "several substantial timber buildings"

  7. strongadjective

    of verbs not having standard (or regular) inflection

    "`sing' is a strong verb"

  8. hard, strongadjective

    being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content

    "hard liquor"

  9. strong, warmadjective

    freshly made or left

    "a warm trail"; "the scent is warm"

  10. firm, strongadjective

    strong and sure

    "a firm grasp"; "gave a strong pull on the rope"


  1. strongadverb

    in a strong manner

  2. strongadjective

    capable of producing great physical force.

  3. strongadjective

    capable of withstanding great physical force

  4. strongadjective

    fast moving water, wind, etc, which has a lot of power.

    The man was nearly drowned after a strong undercurrent swept him out to sea.

  5. strongadjective

    determined, unyielding

    He is strong in the face of adversity.

  6. strongadjective

    highly stimulating to the senses

  7. strongadjective

    having an offensive or intense odor or flavor

    a strong smell

  8. strongadjective

    having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient

  9. strongadjective

    having a high alcoholic content

    a strong drink

  10. strongadjective

    inflecting in a different manner than the one called weak, such as Germanic verbs which change vowels

    a strong verb

  11. strongadjective

    not easily subdued or taken

    a strong position

  12. strongadjective

    impressive, good

    You're working with troubled youth in your off time? That's strong!

  13. strongadjective

    Having a specified number of people or units

    The enemy's army force was five thousand strong.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STRONGadjective

    Etymology: strang , Saxon.

    Though ’gan the villain wax so fierce and strong,
    That nothing may sustain his furious force,
    He cast him down to ground, and all along
    Drew him through dirt and mire. Fairy Queen.

    The strong-wing’d Mercury should fetch thee up,
    And set thee by Jove’s side. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    That our oxen may be strong to labour. Psal. cxliv. 14.

    The Marsian and Sabellian race,
    Strong limb’d and stout. Dryden.

    Orses the strong to greater strength must yield;
    He, with Parthenius, were by Rapo kill’d. Dryden.

    Within Troy’s strong immures
    The ravish’d Helen with wanton Paris sleeps. William Shakespeare.

    An army of English engaged in the midst, between an army of a greater number, fresh and in vigour on the one side, and a town strong in fortification, and strong in men on the other. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    It is no matter how things are, so a man observe but the agreement of his own imaginations, and talk conformably, it is all truth: such castles in the air will be as strong holds of truth as the demonstrations of Euclid. John Locke.

    While there was war between the houses of Saul and David, Abner made himself strong for Saul. 2 Sam. iii. 6.

    The merchant-adventurers being a strong company, and well underset with rich men and good order, held out bravely. Francis Bacon.

    Those that are strong at sea may easily bring them to what terms they please. Addison.

    The weak, by thinking themselves strong, are induced to proclaim war against that which ruins them; and the strong, by conceiting themselves weak, are thereby rendered as useless as if they really were so. Robert South, Sermons.

    When he was not six and twenty strong,
    Sick in the world’s regard, wretched and low,
    My father gave him welcome to the shore. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    He was, at his rising from Exeter, between six and seven thousand strong. Francis Bacon.

    In Britain’s lovely isle a shining throng
    War in his cause, a thousand beauties strong. Thomas Tickell.

    Better is the poor being sound and strong in constitution, than a rich man afflicted in his body. Ecclus xxx. 14.

    This is one of the strongest examples of a personation that ever was. Francis Bacon.

    Her mother, ever strong against that match,
    And firm for doctor Caius, hath appointed,
    That he shall shuffle her away. William Shakespeare, Mer. Wives of Wind.

    In choice of committees for ripening business for the council, it is better to chuse indifferent persons, than to make an indifferency, by putting in those that are strong on both sides. Francis Bacon.

    The knight is a much stronger tory in the country than in town, which is necessary for the keeping up his interest. Add.

    Add with Cecropian thyme strong-scented centaury. Dryd.

    By mixing such powders we are not to expect a strong and full white, such as is that of paper; but some dusky obscure one, such as might arise from a mixture of light and darkness, or from white and black, that is, a grey or dun, or russet brown. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Thus shall there be made two bows of colours, an interior and stronger, by one reflexion in the drops, and an exterior and fainter by two; for the light becomes fainter by every reflexion. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Get strong beer to rub your horses heels. Jonathan Swift.

    Many of their propositions favour very strong of the old leaven of innovations. Charles I .

    The prince of Cambay’s daily food
    Is asps, and basilisk and toad,
    Which makes him have so strong a breath,
    Each night he stinks a queen to death. Hudibras.

    The heat of a human body, as it grows more intense, makes the urine smell more strong. Arbuthnot.

    Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age. Hebr.

    I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism. Dryden.

    In process of time, an ungodly custom grown strong, was kept as a law. Wisdom xiv. 16.

    In the days of his flesh he offered up prayers, with strong crying and tears. Heb. v. 7.

    The scriptures make deep and strong impressions on the minds of men: and whosoever denies this, as he is in point of religion atheistical, so in understanding brutish. John Corbet.

    Of strong prevailment in unharden’d youth. William Shakespeare.

    What strong cries must they be that shall drown so loud a clamour of impieties. Decay of Piety.

    Produce your cause; bring forth your strong reasons. Isa.

    There is no English soul
    More stronger to direct you than yourself,
    If with the sap of reason you would quench,
    Or but allay the fire of passion. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Full on his ankle fell the pond’rous stone,
    Burst the strong nerves, and crash’d the solid bone. Alexander Pope.



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  1. strong

    Strong can be defined as possessing great physical power and/or having a strong mental or emotional capacity. It can also refer to something that is powerful, influential, or effective. Overall, strength is typically associated with being able to withstand or handle challenging or difficult situations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strong

    having active physical power, or great physical power to act; having a power of exerting great bodily force; vigorous

  2. Strong

    having passive physical power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; hale; sound; robust; as, a strong constitution; strong health

  3. Strong

    solid; tough; not easily broken or injured; able to withstand violence; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as, a strong beam; a strong rock; a strong fortress or town

  4. Strong

    having great military or naval force; powerful; as, a strong army or fleet; a nation strong at sea

  5. Strong

    having great wealth, means, or resources; as, a strong house, or company of merchants

  6. Strong

    reaching a certain degree or limit in respect to strength or numbers; as, an army ten thousand strong

  7. Strong

    moving with rapidity or force; violent; forcible; impetuous; as, a strong current of water or wind; the wind was strong from the northeast; a strong tide

  8. Strong

    adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; striking or superior of the kind; powerful; forcible; cogent; as, a strong argument; strong reasons; strong evidence; a strong example; strong language

  9. Strong

    ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as, a strong partisan; a strong Whig or Tory

  10. Strong

    having virtues of great efficacy; or, having a particular quality in a great degree; as, a strong powder or tincture; a strong decoction; strong tea or coffee

  11. Strong

    full of spirit; containing a large proportion of alcohol; intoxicating; as, strong liquors

  12. Strong

    affecting any sense powerfully; as, strong light, colors, etc.; a strong flavor of onions; a strong scent

  13. Strong

    solid; nourishing; as, strong meat

  14. Strong

    well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered; as, a strong custom; a strong belief

  15. Strong

    violent; vehement; earnest; ardent

  16. Strong

    having great force, vigor, power, or the like, as the mind, intellect, or any faculty; as, a man of a strong mind, memory, judgment, or imagination

  17. Strong

    vigorous; effective; forcible; powerful

  18. Strong

    tending to higher prices; rising; as, a strong market

  19. Strong

    pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit (imperfect) by a variation in the root vowel, and the past participle (usually) by the addition of -en (with or without a change of the root vowel); as in the verbs strive, strove, striven; break, broke, broken; drink, drank, drunk. Opposed to weak, or regular. See Weak

  20. Strong

    applied to forms in Anglo-Saxon, etc., which retain the old declensional endings. In the Teutonic languages the vowel stems have held the original endings most firmly, and are called strong; the stems in -n are called weak other constant stems conform, or are irregular


  1. Strong

    Strong is a town in Franklin County, Maine, United States. The population was 1,213 at the 2010 census. Strong is home to the annual Sandy River Festival.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strong

    strong, adj. firm: having physical power: hale, healthy: able to endure: solid: well fortified: having wealth or resources: moving with rapidity: impetuous: earnest: having great vigour, as the mind: forcible: energetic, determined, positive: affecting the senses, as smell and taste, forcibly offensive or intense in quality, pungent: loud, stentorian: hard, indigestible: having a quality in a great degree: intoxicating, rich in alcohol: bright: intense: well established, firm, steadily going upward without fluctuation: (gram.) inflecting by a change of radical vowel instead of by syllabic addition.—n. Strong′hold, a place strong to hold out against attack: a fastness or fortified place: a fortress.—adj. Strong′-knit, firmly jointed or compacted.—adv. Strong′ly.—adj. Strong′-mind′ed, having a vigorous mind: unfeminine, applied to women who unsex themselves to obtain the freedom of men.—ns. Strong′-mind′edness; Strong′-room, a firmly secured place where valuables are stored; Strong′-wa′ter, ardent spirits.—Strong escape (Shak.), an escape accomplished by strength. [A.S. strang, strong; Ice. strangr, Ger. streng, tight.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. strong

    Well fortified; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as, a strong fortress or town. Having great military or naval force; powerful; as, a strong army or fleet; a nation strong at sea.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Strong is ranked #760 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Strong surname appeared 45,432 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 15 would have the surname Strong.

    66.8% or 30,367 total occurrences were White.
    25.8% or 11,735 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 1,181 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 1,122 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 659 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 363 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strong' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #587

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strong' in Written Corpus Frequency: #994

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strong' in Adjectives Frequency: #52

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strong in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strong in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of strong in a Sentence

  1. Rashida Tlaib:

    Over half of our caucus now supports impeachment, many of our folks here actually elected me because I was very strong even during the campaign.

  2. Rich Ricci:

    I am hugely excited to be working alongside freemarketFX's strong management team, led by Alex Hunn, and to be joining the fintech revolution.

  3. The Security Council diplomat:

    Russia’s decision to join the effort or spoil forward motion will reveal much about Moscow’s longer term view, haley’s strong statement over the weekend brought needed urgency to her repeated calls for action. She knows that there is value in UN collaboration instead of each country gambling on its own hunches against North Korea’s bids and flinches.

  4. Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam:

    What I can say is that we have a strong balance sheet.

  5. India Governor Raghuram Rajan:

    If you stop doing it, your exchange rate appreciates significantly and you get burnt on the way up if it gets really strong, we may need more global, not so much coordination, but collective action.

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