Definition of "force" []

  • The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power: the force of an explosion. (noun)
  • Power made operative against resistance; exertion: use force in driving a nail. (noun)
  • The use of physical power or violence to compel or restrain: a confession obtained by force. (noun)
  • Intellectual power or vigor, especially as conveyed in writing or speech. (noun)
  • Moral strength. (noun)
  • Strength or energy; might; power (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Exertion or the use of exertion against a person or thing that resists; coercion (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • A static influence that produces an elastic strain in a body or system or bears weight (noun)
  • Any operating influence that produces or tends to produce a change in a physical quantity (noun)
  • Intellectual, social, political, or moral influence or strength (noun)
  • A person or thing with such influence (noun)
  • Vehemence or intensity (noun)
  • A group of persons organized for military or police functions (noun)
  • A group of persons organized for particular duties or tasks (noun)
  • Violence unlawfully committed or threatened (noun)
  • That which an expression is normally used to achieve (noun)
  • To compel or cause (a person, group, etc) to do something through effort, superior strength, etc; coerce (verb)
  • To acquire, secure, or produce through effort, superior strength, etc (verb)
  • To propel or drive despite resistance (verb)
  • To break down or open (a lock, safe, door, etc) (verb)
  • To impose or inflict (verb)
  • To cause (plants or farm animals) to grow or fatten artificially at an increased rate (verb)
  • To strain or exert to the utmost (verb)
  • To rape; ravish (verb)
  • To compel (a player) to trump in order to take a trick (verb)
  • To compel a player by the lead of a particular suit to play (a certain card) (verb)
  • (in bridge) to induce (a bid) from one's partner by bidding in a certain way (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "force" in a sentence
  • "What we want to do is to increase the attractive force, in order to prevent this tangential motion -- to increase the _force of gravity_."
  • "The dynamical force, that which produces motion, is the centripetal force, drawing the body continually from the tangential direction, toward the center; and what is termed centrifugal force is merely the resistance which the body opposes to this deflection, _precisely like any other resistance to a force_."
  • "At present I will proceed to consider the second of the forces, or manifestations of force, which are developed in moving bodies -- _centrifugal force_."