forced

[ fawrst, fohrst ]
/ fɔrst, foʊrst /

adjective

enforced or compulsory: forced labor.
strained, unnatural, or affected: a forced smile.
subjected to force.
required by circumstances; emergency: a forced landing of an airplane.

Nearby words

  1. force-feed,
  2. force-field analysis,
  3. force-march,
  4. force-out,
  5. force-ripe,
  6. forced alimentation,
  7. forced beat,
  8. forced development,
  9. forced expiratory flow,
  10. forced expiratory time

Origin of forced

First recorded in 1540–50; force + -ed2

Related forms

force

[ fawrs, fohrs ]
/ fɔrs, foʊrs /

noun

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

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

to make one's way by 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

Related forms
Can be confusedcoerce compel constrain force oblige

Synonym study

3. See strength.

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British Dictionary definitions for forced

forced

/ (fɔːst) /

adjective

done because of force; compulsoryforced labour
false or unnaturala forced smile
due to an emergency or necessitya forced landing
physics caused by an external agencya forced vibration; a forced draught
Derived Formsforcedly (ˈfɔːsɪdlɪ), adverbforcedness, noun

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

force

2
/ (fɔːs) /

noun

(in northern England) a waterfall

Word Origin for force

C17: from Old Norse fors

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Word Origin and History for forced
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Medicine definitions for forced

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 forced

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 forced

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 forced

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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