Definitions of force

  1. ( of a law) having legal validity; " the law is still in effect"
  2. 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"
  3. physical energy or intensity; " he hit with all the force he could muster"; " it was destroyed by the strength of the gale"; " a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"
  4. a powerful effect or influence; " the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"
  5. a unit that is part of some military service; " he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
  6. a group of people having the power of effective action; " he joined forces with a band of adventurers"
  7. group of people willing to obey orders; " a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
  8. one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; " the mysterious presence of an evil power"; " may the force be with you"; " the forces of evil"
  9. ( physics) the physical influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; " force equals mass times acceleration"
  10. cause to move along the ground by pulling; " draw a wagon"; " pull a sled"
  11. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; " She rammed her mind into focus"; " He drives me mad"
  12. urge or force ( a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
  13. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; " I squeezed myself into the corner"
  14. take by force; " Storm the fort"
  15. impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably; " She forced her diet fads on him"
  16. ( physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; " force equals mass times acceleration"
  17. do forcibly; exert force; " Don't force it!"
  18. move with force, " He pushed the table into a corner"
  19. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :" She forced him to take a job in the city"; " He squeezed her for information"
  20. To stuff; to lard; to farce.
  21. A waterfall; a cascade.
  22. 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.
  23. Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion.
  24. 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.
  25. Strength or power exercised without law, or contrary to law, upon persons or things; violence.
  26. Validity; efficacy.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. To compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind.
  30. To do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one; s will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon.
  31. To obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress.
  32. To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce.
  33. 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.
  34. To compel ( an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none.
  35. To provide with forces; to reenforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison.
  36. To allow the force of; to value; to care for.
  37. To use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to endeavor.
  38. To make a difficult matter of anything; to labor; to hesitate; hence, to force of, to make much account of; to regard.
  39. To be of force, importance, or weight; to matter.
  40. To impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; - with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc.
  41. Active power; strength; energy; violence; power to persuade or convince; meaning; troops; armament; a trained or organized body; any cause that produces motion, or a change of motion, in a body.
  42. To compel; overpower by strength; impel; push; press; strain; cause to grow or ripen by artificial means.
  43. Forcefully.
  44. Power, strength; that which tends to produce motion in a body.
  45. Strength, power, energy; efficacy; validity; influence; vehemence; violence; coercion or compulsion; military or naval strength ( often in plural); an armament; ( mech.) that which produces or tends to produce a change in a body's state of rest or motion.
  46. To draw or push by main strength; to compel; to constrain; to compel by strength of evidence; to take by violence; to ravish; ( hort.) to cause to grow or ripen rapidly.
  47. ( cookery) To stuff, as a fowl.
  48. Strength; power; energy; influence; violence; military strength; body of soldiers.
  49. To use force upon; compel; take or effect by force.
  50. To compel.
  51. To stimulate artificially.
  52. Any operating energy; constraint; compulsion; coercion; cogency; efficacy; import.
  53. An organized body, as of troops; an army.
  54. Forceful.
  55. Power, or a power that produces or tends to produce change; energy; active power; momentum; compulsory power; moral power to convince the mind; validity; power to bind or hold; troops: an army or navy; a body organized for action; necessity; any unlawful violence to person or property. Physical force, the force of physical constraint. External forces, those forces which act upon bodies of matter at sensible distances, as gravitation. Moral force, the power of acting on the reason in judging and determining. Mechanical force, any cause which tends to alter a body's state of rest or of uniform motion in a straight line. Correlation of forces, the convertibility of one mode of force into another, as of heat into motion, and vice versa. Conservation of force. See Energy.
  56. To constrain to door to forbear by the exertion of a power not resistible; to overpower by strength; to draw or push by main strength: to compel by strength of evidence: to take by force; to violate: to overstrain; to distort; to cause to ripen prematurely.
  57. To stuff. See Farce.
  58. To use violence; to lay stress on; to strive. To force from, to wrest from. To force out, to drive out; to compel to issue out or to leave. To force wine, to fine it by a short process. To force plants, to urge the growth of plants by artificial heat.
  59. Active power; vigour; quantity of power produced by motion; violence; troops; a body of land or naval combatants; capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; power to persuade or convince.
  60. To compel; to obtain by force; to coerce; to draw or push by main strength; to ravish.

Quotes of force

  1. The rule of law in place of force always basic to my thinking, now takes on a new relevance in a world where, if war is to go, only law can replace it. – Roger Nash Baldwin
  2. I can remember when I was National Security Adviser, the intelligence community told us... they put out an intelligence report saying that Iran would never back off from attacks on shipping in the Gulf if we use force – Frank Carlucci
  3. Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination. – Karl Von Clausewitz
  4. We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals. – Stephen Covey
  5. Yes, and there were changes of light on landscapes and changes of direction of the wind and the force of the wind and weather. That whole scene is too important in Homer to neglect. – Robert Fitzgerald
  6. Indiscriminate firing by police on people is absolute barbarism. Instead of solving their problems, the government is trying to suppress the people by force – Sheikh Hasina
  7. Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. A strong, successful man is not the victim of his environment. He creates favorable conditions. His own inherent force and energy compel things to turn out as he desires. – Orison Swett Marden
  9. Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. – Ron Paul
  10. In my career quite a few people have tried to force me out, but so far no one has succeeded. – Ferdinand Piech
  11. Publicity, publicity, publicity is the greatest moral factor and force in our public life. – Joseph Pulitzer
  12. Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one. – Bertrand Russell
  13. Even while we busily attend meetings, contribute money and perform our assigned tasks, we suspect that we may be helping to create a force that is inimical to many values we hold dear. – Robert Shea
  14. Our little force will march on tomorrow or the day after. – Peter Stuyvesant
  15. Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses. – Simone Weil

Usage examples for force

  1. I could hardly force myself to go on. – 32 Caliber by Donald McGibeny
  2. Force of habit, I guess. – The Desire of the Moth; and The Come On by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  3. By to- morrow Ditmar'll have a full force there. – The Dwelling Place of Light, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  4. Of course, Dick must not seem to force Miss Patty in any way. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  5. My father was trying to force me to marry him and is still trying to do so. – The Eight Strokes of the Clock by Maurice Le Blanc
  6. We come, we come, with the force of fate; We are not weak, but strong. – Selected Poems by William Francis Barnard
  7. It would force me to leave you at the Troon station, and I had better see you now to the end of the journey. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  8. They force us to remember. – The Jericho Road by W. Bion Adkins
  9. She hasn't got any great force I know. – Hetty's Strange History by Anonymous
  10. The tree broke the force – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  11. Experience told me their position must be a strong one, and their force heavy. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  12. Take me anywhere, make me do something, beat me if you like, only force me to be different from what I am. – The Child of the Dawn by Arthur Christopher Benson
  13. The distance a key of a certain length, breadth, and thickness, and of a given taper, will drive after being pushed home by hand or lightly tapped in with a hand hammer depends upon how closely it fits to its seat, and upon the elasticity of the metal, as well as upon the force with which it is driven. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  14. You will know best whether it would be worth your while to force me to do this. – The Hunt Ball Mystery by Magnay, William
  15. And you must know I could never force my love upon you. – Tarrano the Conqueror by Raymond King Cummings
  16. He tried to force it away, discovered it would not go. – Sinister Paradise by Robert Moore Williams
  17. I hate to say this, but the facts force me to think so. – Carnacki, The Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson
  18. On these lines they can force us to take action, sooner or later, if that is what they want. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  19. I don't want to hit you, sir, but you may force me to do so. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Mississippi-or-Afloat-with-the-Big-Show-on-the-Big-River by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  20. Phil was being raised straight up into the air by some strange force the secret of which he did not understand. – The-Circus-Boys-on-the-Flying-Rings-or-Making-the-Start-in-the-Sawdust-Life by Darlington, Edgar B. P.