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Meaning of force by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP ) IPA: /fɔː( ɹ )s/, X-SAMPA: /fO:( r\ )s/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /fɔɹs/, /foʊɹs/, X-SAMPA: /fOr\s/, /fOUr\s/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )s

    Etymology 1

    Middle English force, fors, forse, from Old French force, from Late Latin fortia, from neuter plural of Latin fortis ( “strong” ) .


    force ( countable and uncountable; plural: forces )

    1. ( countable ) Anything that is able to make a big change in a person or thing .
    2. ( 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 )
    3. ( countable ) A group that aims to attack, control, or constrain .
      police force
    4. ( uncountable ) The ability to attack, control, or constrain .
      show of force
    5. ( countable ) 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 .
    6. ( law ) Legal validity .
      The law will come into force in January .
    7. ( law ) Either unlawful violence, as in a "forced entry", or lawful compulsion .
    Usage notes
    • Adjectives often applied to "force": military, cultural, economic, gravitational, electric, magnetic, strong, weak, positive, negative, attractive, repulsive, good, evil, dark, physical, muscular, spiritual, intellectual, mental, emotional, rotational, tremendous, huge .
    Derived terms


    force ( third-person singular simple present forces present participle forcing, simple past and past participle forced )

    1. ( transitive ) To violate ( a woman ); to rape. [from 14th c.]
    2. ( obsolete, reflexive, intransitive ) To exert oneself, to do one's utmost. [from 14th c.]
    3. ( transitive ) To compel ( someone or something ) to do something. [from 15th c.]
    4. ( transitive ) To constrain by force; to overcome the limitations or resistance of. [from 16th c.]
    5. ( transitive ) To drive ( something ) by force, to propel ( generally + prepositional phrase or adverb ). [from 16th c.]
    6. ( transitive ) To cause to occur ( despite inertia, resistance etc. ); to produce through force. [from 16th c.]
    7. ( transitive ) To forcibly open ( a door, lock etc. ). [from 17th c.]
      To force a lock .
    8. ( 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.
    Derived terms

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    Etymology 2

    From Old Norse fors ( “waterfall” ). Cognate with Swedish fors ( “waterfall” )


    force ( plural: forces )

    1. ( countable, Northern England ) A waterfall or cascade


    External links

    • force in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • force in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of force by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

    2. She forced her diet fads on him
    3. do forcibly

    4. Don't force it!
    5. cause to move by pulling

    6. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically

    7. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space

    8. take by force

    9. urge or force ( a person ) to an action

    10. move with force,

    11. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :

    12. She forced him to take a job in the city
    1. a putout of a base runner who is required to run

    2. the shortstop got the runner at second on a force
    3. an act of aggression ( as one against a person who resists )

    4. he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one
    5. ( of a law ) having legal validity

    6. physical energy or intensity

    7. he hit with all the force he could muster
      a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man
    8. a powerful effect or influence

    9. the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them
    10. a unit that is part of some military service

    11. he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men
    12. a group of people having the power of effective action

    13. he joined forces with a band of adventurers
    14. group of people willing to obey orders

    15. a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens
    16. one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

    17. may the force be with you
      the forces of evil
    18. the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

    19. force equals mass times acceleration