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.
Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could. Barbara de Angelis
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. Albert Einstein
force in Afrikaans is krag, verplig, mag, dwing
force in Danish is tvinge, kraft
force in Dutch is doordrukken
force in German is Kraft, Gewalt
force in Latin is compello, vis vires (pl.), coactum
force in Norwegian is styrke, tvinge, makt, forsere, kraft, sprenge
force in Spanish is poderio, fuerza, opresion, compeler, efecto
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