force

[ fawrs, fohrs ]
/ fɔrs, foʊrs /
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noun

verb (used with object), forced, forc·ing.

verb (used without object), forced, forc·ing.

to make one's way by force.

Idioms

    in force,
    1. in operation; effective: This ancient rule is no longer in force.
    2. in large numbers; at full strength: They attacked in force.

Origin of force

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *fortia, derivative of Latin fortis strong; (v.) Middle English forcen < Anglo-French, Old French forcer, derivative of the noun
ANTONYMS FOR force
Related forms
Can be confusedcoerce compel constrain force oblige

Synonym study

3. See strength.
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Examples from the Web for forceable

  • Bud disposed of the aristocratic Alfred with a forceable epithet which ought to have made his ears burn.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton|Joseph Bushnell Ames

British Dictionary definitions for forceable (1 of 2)

force

1
/ (fɔːs) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsforceable, adjectiveforceless, adjectiveforcer, nounforcingly, adverb

Word Origin for force

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin fortia (unattested), from Latin fortis strong

British Dictionary definitions for forceable (2 of 2)

force

2
/ (fɔːs) /

noun

(in northern England) a waterfall

Word Origin for force

C17: from Old Norse fors
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Medicine definitions for forceable

force

[ fôrs ]

n.

The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power.
A vector quantity that tends to produce an acceleration of a body in the direction of its application.
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Science definitions for forceable

force

[ fôrs ]

Any of various factors that cause a body to change its speed, direction, or shape. Force is a vector quantity, having both magnitude and direction. Contributions of force from different sources can be summed to give the net force at any given point.
Any of the four natural phenomena involving the interaction between particles of matter. From the strongest to the weakest, the four forces are the strong nuclear force, the electromagnetic force, the weak nuclear force, and gravity.
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Culture definitions for forceable

force


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.)

Note

Gravity, and therefore weight, is a kind of force.
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Idioms and Phrases with forceable

force


In addition to the idioms beginning with force

  • force someone's hand
  • force to be reckoned with

also see:

  • brute force
  • driving force
  • in force
  • join forces
  • reckon with (force to be reckoned with)
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