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Meaning of strength by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈstɹɛŋθ/
    • ( US ) IPA: /'stɹɛnθ/


    Old English strengþu. Written strenght in the 1534 Tyndale English translation of the Bible .


    strength ( plural: strengths )

    1. The quality of being strong .
      It requires great strength to lift heavy objects .
    2. The intensity of a force or power; potency .
      Have the strength of ten men .
    3. The strongest part of something .
    4. A positive attribute .
      We all have our own strengths and weaknesses .


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    strength ( third-person singular simple present strengths present participle strengthing, simple past and past participle strengthed )

    1. ( obsolete ) To give strength to; to strengthen. [12th-17th c.]
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Explanation of strength by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the property of being physically or mentally strong

    2. fatigue sapped his strength
    3. capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects

    4. the strength of the drinks
    5. physical energy or intensity

    6. it was destroyed by the strength of the gale
    7. permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force

    8. the amount of energy transmitted ( as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation )

    9. they measured the station's signal strength
    10. an asset of special worth or utility

    11. the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty

    12. the strength of his argument settled the matter
    13. capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war

    14. we faced an army of great strength
    15. the condition of financial success

    16. the strength of the company's stock in recent weeks

    Definition of strength by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Strength n. [OE. strengthe, AS. strengðu, fr. strang strong. See Strong.]
      1. The quality or state of being strong; ability to do or to bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; force; vigor; power; as, “strength of body or of the arm; strength of mind, of memory, or of judgment”.

      All his [Samson's] strength in his hairs were. Chaucer.

      Thou must outlive

      Thy youth, thy strength, thy beauty. Milton.

      2. Power to resist force; solidity or toughness; the quality of bodies by which they endure the application of force without breaking or yielding; -- in this sense opposed to frangibility; as, “the strength of a bone, of a beam, of a wall, a rope, and the like”. “The brittle strength of bones.” Milton.

      3. Power of resisting attacks; impregnability. “Our castle's strength will laugh a siege to scorn.” Shak.

      4. That quality which tends to secure results; effective power in an institution or enactment; security; validity; legal or moral force; logical conclusiveness; as, “the strength of social or legal obligations; the strength of law; the strength of public opinion; strength of evidence; strength of argument”.

      5. One who, or that which, is regarded as embodying or affording force, strength, or firmness; that on which confidence or reliance is based; support; security.

      God is our refuge and strength. Ps. xlvi. 1.

      What they boded would be a mischief to us, you are providing shall be one of our principal strengths. Sprat.

      Certainly there is not a greater strength against temptation. Jer. Taylor.

      6. Force as measured; amount, numbers, or power of any body, as of an army, a navy, and the like; as, what is the strength of the enemy by land, or by sea?

      7. Vigor or style; force of expression; nervous diction; -- said of literary work.

      And praise the easy vigor of a life

      Where Denham's strength and Waller's sweetness join. Pope.

      8. Intensity; -- said of light or color.

      Bright Phoebus in his strength. Shak.

      9. Intensity or degree of the distinguishing and essential element; spirit; virtue; excellence; -- said of liquors, solutions, etc.; as, “the strength of wine or of acids”.

      10. A strong place; a stronghold. [Obs.] Shak.

      On the strength of, or Upon the strength of, in reliance upon. “The allies, after a successful summer, are too apt, upon the strength of it, to neglect their preparations for the ensuing campaign.” Addison.

      Syn. -- Force; robustness; toughness; hardness; stoutness; brawniness; lustiness; firmness; puissance; support; spirit; validity; authority. See Force.

    2. Strength, v. t. To strengthen. [Obs.] Chaucer.