Definition of Force

1. Noun. A powerful effect or influence. "The force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"

Generic synonyms: Influence
Specialized synonyms: Pressure, Duress, Heartbeat, Lifeblood, Wheel

2. Verb. To cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :. "They force him to write the letter"; "He squeezed her for information"

3. Noun. (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity. "Force equals mass times acceleration"

4. Verb. Urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate. "They force him to write the letter"
Exact synonyms: Impel
Generic synonyms: Cause, Do, Make
Derivative terms: Impulsion, Impulsive

5. Noun. Physical energy or intensity. ; "A government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"
Exact synonyms: Forcefulness, Strength
Specialized synonyms: Brunt, Impulse, Momentum, Energy, Vigor, Vigour, Zip
Generic synonyms: Intensity, Intensiveness
Derivative terms: Forceful, Forceful

6. Verb. Move with force,. "They force the books into the box"; "He pushed the table into a corner"

7. Noun. Group of people willing to obey orders. "A public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"

8. Verb. Impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably. "She forced her diet fads on him"
Exact synonyms: Thrust
Specialized synonyms: Stick, Sting
Generic synonyms: Compel, Obligate, Oblige

9. Noun. A unit that is part of some military service. "He sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"

10. Verb. Squeeze like a wedge into a tight space. "I squeezed myself into the corner"
Exact synonyms: Squeeze, Wedge
Specialized synonyms: Impact, Compact, Compress, Pack Together
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Derivative terms: Wedge, Wedge

11. Noun. An act of aggression (as one against a person who resists). "He may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
Exact synonyms: Violence
Generic synonyms: Aggression, Hostility
Specialized synonyms: Domestic Violence, Road Rage, Public Violence, Riot
Derivative terms: Violent

12. Verb. Force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically. "He drives me mad"
Exact synonyms: Drive, Ram
Specialized synonyms: Toe, Toenail
Related verbs: Drive, Drive
Generic synonyms: Thrust
Derivative terms: Drive, Ram
Also: Drive In, Ram Down

13. Noun. One possessing or exercising power or influence or authority. "The forces of evil"
Exact synonyms: Power
Generic synonyms: Causal Agency, Causal Agent, Cause
Specialized synonyms: Juggernaut, Steamroller, Influence, Moloch

14. Verb. Cause to move by pulling. "Pull a sled"
Exact synonyms: Draw, Pull
Specialized synonyms: Twitch, Pull Back, Adduct, Abduct, Stretch, Pick, Pluck, Plunk, Tug, Drag, Cart, Drag, Hale, Haul, Attract, Draw, Draw In, Pull, Pull In, Jerk, Yank, Winch, Pick Off, Pluck, Pull Off, Tweak
Related verbs: Pull, Draw, Pull
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Derivative terms: Draw, Drawing, Pull, Puller, Pulling
Also: Pull Along, Pull Back, Pull Down, Pull In, Pull Off, Pull Out, Pull Up
Antonyms: Push

15. Noun. A group of people having the power of effective action. "He joined forces with a band of adventurers"
Generic synonyms: Social Group

16. Verb. Do forcibly; exert force. "Don't force it!"
Specialized synonyms: Pull
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Also: Force Back, Force Out, Force Out, Force Out

17. Noun. (of a law) having legal validity. "The law is still in effect"
Exact synonyms: Effect
Generic synonyms: Validity, Validness
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

18. Verb. Take by force. "They force the hill"; "Storm the fort"
Exact synonyms: Storm
Generic synonyms: Penetrate, Perforate
Derivative terms: Storm

19. Noun. A putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base. "The shortstop got the runner at second on a force"
Exact synonyms: Force Out, Force Play, Force-out
Generic synonyms: Putout
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game

Definition of Force

1. v. t. To stuff; to lard; to farce.

2. n. A waterfall; a cascade.

3. 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.

4. v. t. 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.

5. v. i. To use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to endeavor.

Definition of Force

1. Proper noun. (Northern England) Falls. (non-gloss definition used in place names.) ¹

2. Noun. Anything that is able to make a big change in a person or thing. ¹

3. Noun. (countable physics) A physical quantity that denotes ability to push, pull, twist or accelerate a body which is measured in a unit dimensioned in mass × distance/time² (ML/T²): SI: newton (N); CGS: dyne (dyn) ¹

4. Noun. A group that aims to attack, control, or constrain. ¹

5. Noun. The ability to attack, control, or constrain. ¹

6. Noun. A magic trick in which the outcome is known to the magician beforehand, especially one involving the apparent free choice of a card by another person. ¹

7. Noun. (legal) Legal validity. ¹

8. Noun. (legal) Either unlawful violence, as in a "'''forced entry'''", or lawful compulsion. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To violate (a woman); to rape. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

10. Verb. (obsolete reflexive intransitive) To exert oneself, to do one's utmost. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To compel (someone or something) (term to) do something. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To constrain by force; to overcome the limitations or resistance of. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To drive (something) by force, to propel (generally + prepositional phrase or adverb). (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

14. Verb. (transitive) To cause to occur (despite inertia, resistance etc.); to produce through force. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

15. Verb. (transitive) To forcibly open (a door, lock etc.). (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

16. Verb. (transitive baseball) To create an out by touching a base in advance of a runner who has no base to return to while in possession of a ball which has already touched the ground. ¹

17. Noun. (countable Northern England) A waterfall or cascade ¹

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Definition of Force

1. to overcome resistance by the exertion of strength [v FORCED, FORCING, FORCES] : FORCEDLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Force

1. Rate of change of momentum with time. Forces are said to cause accelerations via f = ma (Newton's law). There are four primary forces known presently: the gravitational, electromagnetic, weak nuclear, and strong nuclear forces. The gravitational and electromagnetic forces are long-range (dropping as 1/distance^2), while the nuclear forces are short range (effective only within nuclei, distances on the order of 10^-15 metres). The electromagnetic force is much stronger than the gravitational force, but is generally cancelled over large distances because of the balance of positive and negative charges. See: momentum. (04 Apr 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Force

force (current term)
force-feed lubricating system
force-velocity curve
force back
force de frappe
force feed
force field

Literary usage of Force

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. "The Kingdom of God is Within You": Christianity Not as a Mystic Religion by Leo Tolstoy, Constance Black Garnett (1894)
"... and therefore of necessity of the acceptance of the Christian doctrines—Non-resistance to evil by force is one aspect of the Christian doctrine, ..."

2. An Elementary Treatise on Analytic Mechanics by Edward Albert Bowser (1884)
"force.—force is any cause which changes, cr tends to change, a body's state of rest or motion. A force always tends to produce motion, but may be prevented ..."

3. Employers and Child Care: Benefiting Work and Family (1994)
"By, 54 percent of mothers with husbands present were in the work force ... In recent years, the fastest growth of women in the labor force has been women ..."

4. The Origin and Development of Religious Belief by Sabine Baring-Gould (1892)
"force is that which produces or resists motion. It is indestructible. ... A force cannot originate otherwise than by devolution from some pre-existing force ..."

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