- 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- in operation; effective: This ancient rule is no longer in force.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 forcesviolence, effort, strength, capability, authority, patrol, army, guard, squad, troop, battalion, unit, urge, charge, move, oblige, require, impose, compel, drive
Examples from the Web for forces
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 6, 2015
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
December 29, 2014
Historical Examples of forces
Here muster, not the forces of party, but the forces of humanity.
They are putty in the hands of the fears and forces that beset them from without.The Conquest of Fear
He was now forty-five years of age, the forces of youth and growth had left him.The Man Shakespeare
Send an army into Attica, and compel the Athenians to withdraw their forces from Potidaea.
The proposal was accepted, and Paches marched his forces into the town.
- 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.
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)