- 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- in operation; effective: This ancient rule is no longer in force.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 forces
The account goes some way in showing just how present the Quds and other forces are in Iraq at this point in time.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Where the U.S. once depended on its own forces to determine who was military material, this time the Iraqis will decide.
After the six-week training, the forces will be deployed to confront the Islamic State, officials said.
Figuring how to train Iraqi forces has dogged the United States since the 2003 invasion.
Maula Bux himself was killed in 2006, after being lured across the border by Iranian forces on the pretext of a drug deal.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Erec has him at his mercy, and pulls and drags so that he breaks all the lacing of his helmet, and forces him over at his feet.Four Arthurian Romances|Chretien DeTroyes
Nevertheless, the English, with forces nearly six times as numerous, closed the campaign without gaining a single advantage.Elements of Military Art and Science|Henry Wager Halleck
The Compigne road is firmly held, and the disparity of forces is being rapidly reduced.
The very incoherence of the demand witnessed, I think, to the forces that lay behind it.The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells
I see a great concentration of forces throughout the constituency.Liberalism and the Social Problem|Winston Spencer Churchill
- 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)