Definition and Meanings for force

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Force is ranked 850 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of force

transitive verb, noun, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of force

see farce to stuff of scand. origin; cf. icel. fors, foss, dan. fos f. force, ll. forcia, fortia, fr. l. fortis strong. see fort, n.pos gr. vi et armisets of. forcier, f. forcer, fr. ll. forciare, fortiare. see force, n.pos

Meaning of force


as transitive verb

  • to stuff; to lard; to farce.

as noun

  • a waterfall; a cascade.

as noun, noun

  • capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or energy; 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; as, by force of arms; to take by force.
  • 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; the armed forces.
  • strength or power exercised without law, or contrary to law, upon persons or things; violence.;validity; efficacy.
  • 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.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, 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.
  • 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, overcome, or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress; as, to force the castle; to force a lock.
  • 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 conceit 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 re
  • to allow the force of; to value; to care for.

as intransitive verb

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