[strengkth, strength, strenth]



    on the strength of, on the basis of; relying on: He was accepted by the college on the strength of ardent personal recommendations.

Origin of strength

before 900; Middle English strengthe, Old English strengthu; see strong, -th1
Related formsself-strength, nounsu·per·strength, noun

Synonyms for strength

Synonym study

4. Strength, power, force, might suggest capacity to do something. Strength is inherent capacity to manifest energy, to endure, and to resist. Power is capacity to do work and to act. Force is the exercise of power: One has the power to do something. He exerts force when he does it. He has sufficient strength to complete it. Might is power or strength in a great or overwhelming degree: the might of an army. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for strength

Contemporary Examples of strength

Historical Examples of strength

  • I know, better than you possibly can, what reasons I have to trust the strength of his affection.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • He was still exerting his strength to the utmost when the whistle of the locomotive was heard.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He threw himself against the rock and pushed with all the strength he could command.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It increases in strength and warmth, blowing with a mighty roar.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Haley had grasped him by the shoulder, and in his grasp the boy's strength was nothing.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for strength



the state or quality of being physically or mentally strong
the ability to withstand or exert great force, stress, or pressure
something that is regarded as being beneficial or a source of powertheir chief strength is technology
potency, as of a drink, drug, etc
power to convince; cogencythe strength of an argument
degree of intensity or concentration of colour, light, sound, flavour, etc
the full or part of the full complement as specifiedat full strength; below strength
finance firmness of or a rising tendency in prices, esp security prices
archaic, or poetic a stronghold or fortress
Australian and NZ informal the general idea, the main purposeto get the strength of something
from strength to strength with ever-increasing success
in strength in large numbers
on the strength of on the basis of or relying upon

Word Origin for strength

Old English strengthu; related to Old High German strengida; see strong
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for strength

Old English strengþu "power, force, vigor, moral resistance," from Proto-Germanic *strangitho (cf. Old High German strengida "strength"), in gradational relationship to the root of strong, with Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with strength


see brute force (strength); on the strength of; tower of strength.

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