[strawng-ger, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋ gər, ˈstrɒŋ-/ (Show IPA), strongest
[strawng-gist, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋ gɪst, ˈstrɒŋ-/ (Show IPA)
having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power; physically vigorous or robust:
a strong boy.
accompanied or delivered by great physical, mechanical, etc., power or force:
a strong handshake; With one strong blow the machine stamped out a fender.
mentally powerful or vigorous:
He may be old, but his mind is still strong.
especially able, competent, or powerful in a specific field or respect:
She’s very strong in mathematics. He’s weak at bat, but he’s a strong fielder.
of great moral power, firmness, or courage:
strong under temptation.
powerful in influence, authority, resources, or means of prevailing or succeeding:
a strong nation.
a strong personality.
of great force, effectiveness, potency, or cogency; compelling:
strong reasons; strong arguments.
clear and firm; loud:
He has a strong voice.
solid or stable; healthy; thriving:
The banker predicted a strong economy.
well-supplied or rich in something specific:
a strong hand in trumps.
having powerful means to resist attack, assault, or aggression:
a strong fortress; a strong defense.
able to resist strain, force, wear, etc.:
strong walls; strong cloth.
decisively unyielding; firm or uncompromising:
She has strong views about the United Nations. He has a strong sense of duty.
fervent; zealous; thoroughgoing:
He’s a strong Democrat.
strenuous or energetic; vigorous:
moving or acting with force or vigor:
distinct or marked; vivid, as impressions, resemblance or contrast:
He bears a strong resemblance to his grandfather.
intense, as light or color.
having a large proportion of the effective or essential properties or ingredients; concentrated:
(of a beverage or food) containing much alcohol:
strong drink; The fruitcake was too strong.
having a high degree of flavor or odor:
strong cheese; strong perfume.
having an unpleasant or offensive flavor or odor, especially in the process of decay:
of a designated number:
Marines 20,000 strong.
Commerce. characterized by steady or advancing prices:
The market resumed its strong pace after yesterday’s setback.
(of Germanic verbs) having vowel change in the root in inflected forms, as the English verbs sing, sang, sung; ride, rode, ridden.
(of Germanic nouns and adjectives) inflected with endings that are generally distinctive of case, number, and gender, as German alter Mann “old man.”.
belonging to the morphophonemically less regular of two inflectional subtypes.
(of a word or syllable) stressed.
Optics. having great magnifying or refractive power:
a strong microscope.
come on strong, Slang. to behave in an aggressive, ardent, or flamboyant manner:
When you’re interviewed for the job, don’t come on too strong.
adjective stronger (ˈstrɒŋɡə), strongest (ˈstrɒŋɡɪst)
involving or possessing physical or mental strength
solid or robust in construction; not easily broken or injured
having a resolute will or morally firm and incorruptible character
intense in quality; not faint or feeble: a strong voice, a strong smell
easily defensible; incontestable or formidable
concentrated; not weak or diluted
(postpositive) containing or having a specified number: a navy 40 000 strong
(in combination): a 40 000-strong navy
having an unpleasantly powerful taste or smell
having an extreme or drastic effect: strong discipline
emphatic or immoderate: strong language
convincing, effective, or cogent
(of a colour) having a high degree of saturation or purity; being less saturated than a vivid colour but more so than a moderate colour; produced by a concentrated quantity of colouring agent
denoting or belonging to a class of verbs, in certain languages including the Germanic languages, whose conjugation shows vowel gradation, as sing, sang, sung
belonging to any part-of-speech class, in any of various languages, whose inflections follow the less regular of two possible patterns Compare weak (sense 10)
(of a wind, current, etc) moving fast
(of a syllable) accented or stressed
(of an industry, market, currency, securities, etc) firm in price or characterized by firm or increasing prices
(of certain acids and bases) producing high concentrations of hydrogen or hydroxide ions in aqueous solution
(Irish) prosperous; well-to-do (esp in the phrase a strong farmer)
have a strong stomach, not to be prone to nausea
(informal) in a strong way; effectively: going strong
come on strong, to make a forceful or exaggerated impression
- Strong nuclear force
strong nuclear force See strong force.
noun 1. a fortified defensive position; stronghold. noun (military) 1. a location that is by its site and nature easily defended 2. a spot in a defensive position that is heavily defended
noun 1. a fireproof, burglarproof room in which valuables are kept. noun 1. a specially designed room in which valuables are locked for safety
noun, Football. 1. the defensive back assigned to cover the area across from the strong side of the opponent’s offensive line and primarily responsible for defending against pass plays.