- an influence on a body or system, producing or tending to produce a change in movement or in shape or other effects.
- the intensity of such an influence. Symbol: F, f
verb (used with object), forced, forc·ing.
- to cause (a base runner) to be put out by obliging the runner, as by a ground ball, to vacate a base and attempt to move to the next base in order to make room for another runner or the batter.
- to cause (a base runner or run) to score, as by walking a batter with the bases full (often followed by in).
- to compel (a player) to trump by leading a suit of which the player has no cards.
- to compel a player to play (a particular card).
- to compel (a player) to play so as to make known the strength of the hand.
- to develop (a print or negative) for longer than usual in order to increase density or bring out details.
- to bring out underexposed parts of (a print or negative) by adding alkali to the developer.
verb (used without object), forced, forc·ing.
- forbush decrease,
- force carrier,
- force cup,
- force de frappe,
- force feed,
- force fit
- in operation; effective: This ancient rule is no longer in force.
- in large numbers; at full strength: They attacked in force.
Origin of force
Examples from the Web for force
Yet for a vivid decade or so, sleaze was, somewhat paradoxically, a force for literacy and empowerment.
Qasem Suleimani was appointed as commander of the force in 1997.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Where the force generating those threats is a widespread, self-sustaining, and virulent social movement?Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to force Faubus to admit the students to Central High School.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future|Jonah Edelman|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Luke Skywalker is an evil robot who has fallen to the dark side of the force.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)|Rich Goldstein|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They govern in the Asiatic way—by fraud if possible—if not, by force.Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt|Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
He thought that no objection had been offered of any force to prevent the commitment of the memorial.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
The non-importation act being still in force, these goods were seized as forfeited to the Government.The Second War with England, Vol. 1 of 2|J. T. Headley.
As the day wore on reinforcements of infantry came up from the force which had been left to guard the camp.The Great Boer War|Arthur Conan Doyle
But here there would be also an expenditure of force on behalf of its own sex.Schenk's Theory: The Determination of Sex|Samuel Leopold Schenk
- a dynamic influence that changes a body from a state of rest to one of motion or changes its rate of motion. The magnitude of the force is equal to the product of the mass of the body and its acceleration
- a static influence that produces an elastic strain in a body or system or bears weightSymbol: F
- intellectual, social, political, or moral influence or strengththe force of his argument; the forces of evil
- a person or thing with such influencehe was a force in the land
- (of a law) having legal validity or binding effect
- in great strength or numbers
- to compel (a player) to trump in order to take a trick
- to compel a player by the lead of a particular suit to play (a certain card)
- (in bridge) to induce (a bid) from one's partner by bidding in a certain way
Word Origin for force
Word Origin for force
c.1300, "physical strength," from Old French force (12c.) "force, strength, courage, fortitude; violence, power, compulsion," from Vulgar Latin *fortia (cf. Spanish fuerza, Italian forza), noun use of neuter plural of Latin fortis "strong" (see fort). Meaning "body of armed men, army" first recorded late 14c. (also in Old French). Physics sense is from 1660s; force field attested by 1920.
c.1300, from Old French forcier "conquer by violence," from force (see force (n.)). Its earliest sense in English was "to ravish" (a woman); sense of "to compel, oblige" to do something is from c.1400. Related: Forced; forcing.
In physics, something that causes a change in the motion of an object. The modern definition of force (an object's mass multiplied by its acceleration) was given by Isaac Newton in Newton's laws of motion. The most familiar unit of force is the pound. (See mechanics.)
In addition to the idioms beginning with force
- force someone's hand
- force to be reckoned with
- brute force
- driving force
- in force
- join forces
- reckon with (force to be reckoned with)