strength

[ strengkth, strength, strenth ]
/ strɛŋkθ, strɛŋθ, strɛnθ /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. streetworker,
  2. strega,
  3. streicher,
  4. streisand,
  5. strelitzia,
  6. strengthen,
  7. strengthless,
  8. strengthlessly,
  9. strenuosity,
  10. strenuous

Idioms

    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

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for strength

strength

/ (strɛŋθ) /

noun

Word Origin for strength

Old English strengthu; related to Old High German strengida; see strong

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Word Origin and History for strength

strength

n.

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

strength

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

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