[fawrs, fohrs] /fɔrs, foʊrs/
physical power or strength possessed by a living being:
He used all his force in opening the window.
strength or power exerted upon an object; physical coercion; violence:
to use force to open the window; to use force on a person.
strength; energy; power; intensity:
a personality of great force.
power to influence, affect, or control; efficacious power:
the force of circumstances; a force for law and order.
Law. unlawful violence threatened or committed against persons or property.
persuasive power; power to convince:
They felt the force of his arguments.
mental or moral strength:
force of character.
might, as of a ruler or realm; strength for war.
Often, forces. the military or fighting strength, especially of a nation.
any body of persons combined for joint action:
a sales force.
intensity or strength of effect:
the force of her acting.
any influence or agency analogous to physical force:
binding power, as of a contract.
value; significance; meaning.
Billiards. a stroke in which the cue ball is forcibly struck directly below the center in such a manner as to cause it to stop abruptly, bound back, or roll off to one side after hitting the object ball.
verb (used with object), forced, forcing.
to compel, constrain, or oblige (oneself or someone) to do something:
to force a suspect to confess.
to drive or propel against resistance:
He forced his way through the crowd. They forced air into his lungs.
to bring about or effect by force.
to bring about of necessity or as a necessary result:
to force a smile.
to put or impose (something or someone) forcibly on or upon a person:
to force one’s opinions on others.
to compel by force; overcome the resistance of:
to force acceptance of something.
to obtain or draw forth by or as if by force; extort:
to force a confession.
to enter or take by force; overpower:
They forced the town after a long siege.
to break open (a door, lock, etc.).
to cause (plants, fruits, etc.) to grow or mature at an increased rate by artificial means.
to press, urge, or exert (an animal, person, etc.) to violent effort or to the utmost.
to use force upon.
Archaic. to give force to; strengthen; reinforce.
verb (used without object), forced, forcing.
to make one’s way by force.
the Forces, the armed services of a nation
strength or energy; might; power: the force of the blow, a gale of great force
exertion or the use of exertion against a person or thing that resists; coercion
(physics) any operating influence that produces or tends to produce a change in a physical quantity: electromotive force, coercive force
vehemence or intensity: he spoke with great force
a group of persons organized for military or police functions: armed forces
(sometimes capital) (informal) the force, the police force
a group of persons organized for particular duties or tasks: a workforce
(criminal law) violence unlawfully committed or threatened
(philosophy, logic) that which an expression is normally used to achieve See speech act, illocution, perlocution
join forces, to combine strengths, efforts, etc
to compel or cause (a person, group, etc) to do something through effort, superior strength, etc; coerce
to acquire, secure, or produce through effort, superior strength, etc: to force a confession
to propel or drive despite resistance: to force a nail into wood
to break down or open (a lock, safe, door, etc)
to impose or inflict: he forced his views on them
to cause (plants or farm animals) to grow or fatten artificially at an increased rate
to strain or exert to the utmost: to force the voice
to rape; ravish
force a smile, to make oneself smile
force down, to compel an aircraft to land
force the pace, to adopt a high speed or rate of procedure
(in northern England) a waterfall
c.1300, “physical strength,” from Old French force (12c.) “force, strength, courage, fortitude; violence, power, compulsion,” from Vulgar Latin *fortia (cf. Spanish fuerza, Italian forza), noun use of neuter plural of Latin fortis “strong” (see fort). Meaning “body of armed men, army” first recorded late 14c. (also in Old French). Physics sense is from 1660s; force field attested by 1920.
c.1300, from Old French forcier “conquer by violence,” from force (see force (n.)). Its earliest sense in English was “to ravish” (a woman); sense of “to compel, oblige” to do something is from c.1400. Related: Forced; forcing.
In physics, something that causes a change in the motion of an object. The modern definition of force (an object’s mass multiplied by its acceleration) was given by Isaac Newton in Newton’s laws of motion. The most familiar unit of force is the pound. (See mechanics.)
Note: Gravity, and therefore weight, is a kind of force.
of the Gentiles (Isa. 60:5, 11; R.V., “the wealth of the nations”) denotes the wealth of the heathen. The whole passage means that the wealth of the Gentile world should be consecrated to the service of the church.
- Force to be reckoned with
see under reckon with
An unofficial successor to ForceOne by Andrew K. Wright.
- For chicken feed
modifier For very little money; cheap: a new dress for peanuts see: chicken feed
[fawr-suh-buh l, fohr-] /ˈfɔr sə bəl, ˈfoʊr-/ adjective 1. done or effected by : forcible entry into a house. 2. producing a powerful effect; having ; effective. 3. convincing, as reasoning: a forcible theory. 4. characterized by the use of or violence. /ˈfɔːsəbəl/ adjective 1. done by, involving, or having force 2. convincing or effective: […]