What does "Force" mean?


(n.) A waterfall; a cascade (n.) 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 (n.) Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion (n.) 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 (n.) Strength or power exercised without law, or contrary to law, upon persons or things; violence (n.) 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 (n.) To allow the force of; to value; to care for (n.) To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none (n.) To compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind (n.) 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 (n.) To do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one;s will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon (n.) 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 (n.) To impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; -- with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc (n.) To obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress (n.) To provide with forces; to reenforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison (n.) To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce (n.) Validity; efficacy (v. i.) To be of force, importance, or weight; to matter (v. i.) To make a difficult matter of anything; to labor; to hesitate; hence, to force of, to make much account of; to regard (v. i.) To use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to endeavor (v. t.) To stuff; to lard; to farce

Synonyms run, effect, draw, drive, power, thrust, personnel, storm, strength, wedge, pull, ram, push, squeeze, pressure, coerce, impel, violence, forcefulness, military force, military unit

Example: "He hit with all the force he could muster" Example: "The force of his eloquence easily persuaded them" Example: "He joined forces with a band of adventurers" Example: "A public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens" Example: "Force equals mass times acceleration" Example: "He may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one" Example: "May the force be with you" Example: "He sent Caesar a force of six thousand men" Example: "She forced her diet fads on him" Example: "Don't force it!"

Word Family forced, forceful, forcefully, forces, forcible, forcibly, forcing, unforced