Origin of forced
- 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.
- in operation; effective: This ancient rule is no longer in force.
- in large numbers; at full strength: They attacked in force.
Origin of force
Synonyms for force
Antonyms for force
Related Words for forcedcontrived, enforced, mandatory, involuntary, unwilling, compelled, affected, binding, bound, labored, slave, constrained, coerced, begrudging, grudging, conscripted, artificial, factitious, inflexible, insincere
Examples from the Web for forced
Contemporary Examples of forced
A spokesman for Lewisham council said last year that it would be forced to act if the family returned to Britain.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
January 7, 2015
One is forced to ask, what on earth was Andrew doing hanging out with scantily clad teenagers?Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
However, intellectual honesty is the first thing to go when you are forced to constantly pander to your base.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
And the more she is forced to recount, the more her grasp of reality slips, or heightens, depending on your point of view.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
Better to be a beggar in freedom,” he cried out, “than to be forced into compromises against my conscience.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
Historical Examples of forced
He forced himself to face them regularly as a penance and a corrective.
He had entered into the path of dishonesty, and he was forced to keep on in it.Brave and Bold
He was forced to admit that the girl still had power to trouble him.
They had forced the foreign immigrants to work in their factories.
The consonants were reproduced but the reader was forced to guess at the vowels.
- 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
"not spontaneous or voluntary," 1570s, past participle adjective from force (v.). The flier's forced landing attested by 1917.
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.
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)