a powerful effect or influence
"the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"
(physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
"force equals mass times acceleration"
force, forcefulness, strength(noun)
physical energy or intensity
"he hit with all the force he could muster"; "it was destroyed by the strength of the gale"; "a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"
power, long suit, military posture, military strength, military group, durability, military force, intensity level, force play, strength, military capability, violence, effectiveness, effect, specialty, force out, speciality, posture, potency, persuasiveness, metier, intensity, strong point, force-out, strong suit, personnel, forcefulness, military unit, forte, enduringness, lastingness
group of people willing to obey orders
"a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
force play, military group, effect, military unit, violence, strength, power, personnel department, staff office, force out, force-out, forcefulness, personnel office, military force, personnel
military unit, military force, military group, force(noun)
a unit that is part of some military service
"he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)
"he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
power, military unit, furiousness, military group, vehemence, military force, force play, strength, ferocity, violence, effect, wildness, force out, fierceness, fury, force-out, personnel, forcefulness
one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
"the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil"
world power, ability, exponent, index, major power, great power, might, military group, tycoon, military force, force play, strength, magnate, top executive, violence, effect, business leader, powerfulness, mightiness, power, baron, big businessman, superpower, force out, mogul, office, force-out, personnel, forcefulness, military unit, king
a group of people having the power of effective action
"he joined forces with a band of adventurers"
(of a law) having legal validity
"the law is still in effect"
power, consequence, military unit, event, military group, core, force out, military force, force play, strength, gist, violence, effect, result, burden, essence, outcome, force-out, upshot, personnel, forcefulness, issue, impression
force out, force-out, force play, force(verb)
a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base
"the shortstop got the runner at second on a force"
coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, force(verb)
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
"He squeezed her for information"
draw, storm, blackjack, pressure, crush, thrust, rack, ram, hale, press, blackmail, twitch, gouge, tweet, embrace, impel, shove, twinge, compress, hug, drive, constrict, cart, contract, extort, stuff, squeeze, squash, compact, pinch, drag, wring, mash, coerce, push, bosom, wedge, squelch, pull, haul
urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
fight, tug, ram, promote, agitate, hale, crusade, drive, advertise, thrust, draw, campaign, pull, coerce, storm, squeeze, pressure, wedge, labor, labour, crowd, impel, press, bear on, advertize, push
impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
"She forced her diet fads on him"
wedge, squeeze, force(verb)
squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
"I squeezed myself into the corner"
extort, draw, storm, stick, pressure, crush, thrust, rack, ram, hale, press, twitch, gouge, tweet, embrace, impel, shove, twinge, compress, hug, drive, lodge, contract, deposit, stuff, squeeze, squash, compact, pinch, wring, mash, coerce, push, bosom, wedge, squelch, pull, constrict
force, drive, ram(verb)
force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
"She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"
tug, pressure, force back, thrust, get, ram, crash, hale, jam, take, impel, repel, cram, aim, storm, pull, drive, coerce, ride, pound, chock up, wad, ram down, labour, motor, squeeze, push, repulse, draw, labor, wedge, jampack, push back, beat back
pull, draw, force(verb)
cause to move by pulling
"draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
absorb, take in, pressure, suck up, pull in, attract, get, overstretch, thread, quarter, ram, string, perpetrate, pull back, commit, depict, guide, describe, drag, disembowel, thrust, suck, delineate, deplumate, rive, make, hale, soak up, tie, cast, storm, pull, get out, take out, drive, coerce, draw and quarter, root for, push, sop up, puff, reap, draw out, pass, squeeze, pluck, imbibe, impel, deplume, pull up, line, withdraw, pull out, draw, draw off, wedge, run, tear, rend, trace, extract, draw in, rip, displume, take up, eviscerate
do forcibly; exert force
"Don't force it!"
take by force
"Storm the fort"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
An army is an organized body of men armed for war, ordinarily considerable in numbers, always independent in organization so far as not to be a constituent part of any other command. Organization, unity, and independence, rather than numbers are the essentials of an army. We speak of the invading army of Cortes or Pizarro, tho either body was contemptible in numbers from a modern military standpoint. We may have a little army, a large army, or a vast army. Host is used for any vast and orderly assemblage; as, the stars are called the heavenly host. Multitude expresses number without order or organization; a multitude of armed men is not an army, but a mob. Legion (from the Latin) and phalanx (from the Greek) are applied by a kind of poetic license to modern forces; the plural legions is preferred to the singular. Military is a general word for land-forces; the military may include all the armed soldiery of a nation, or the term may be applied to any small detached company, as at a fort, in distinction from civilians. Any organized body of men by whom the law or will of a people is executed is a force; the word is a usual term for the police of any locality.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms
strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement
"he was thrown backward by the force of the explosion"
Dictionary of English Synonymes
Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words
strength, energy, power, vigor, might, potency, cogency, validity, efficacy, efficiency, compulsion, coercion, violence, constraint, tension, impetus, armament, troops, army, legion, battalion, phalanx
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How to use force in a sentence?
But if they are aimed at putting pressure on China or blackening its name, then you can view it like a spring, which has an applied force and a counterforce. The more the pressure, the greater the reaction.
There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever.
Communism, avowedly secularistic and materialistic, has no place for God. This I could never accept,... I strongly disagreed with Communism’s ethical relativism… there are no fixed, immutable principles; consequently, almost anything—force, violence, murder, lying—is a justifiable means to the ‘millennial’ end.
The military has a lot of money and a good reputation for looking after its equipment, the air force is well trained and highly professional.
Serial offenders who repeatedly rob or repeatedly affront women must feel the full force of the law.
Translations for force
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- قوة, أجبر, اضطرArabic
- көс, ғәмәл, ҡеүәтBashkir
- сила, действие, насилие, войска, принуждавам, заставям, насилвамBulgarian
- forçaCatalan, Valencian
- síla, přinutit, nutitCzech
- kraft, styrke, magt, fremtvinge, tvingeDanish
- Gewalt, Kraft, Kräfte, erzwingen, zwingenGerman
- κύρος, βία, δύναμη, ισχύς, σθένος, σώμαGreek
- forto, perforto, devigiEsperanto
- fuerza, forzar, obligarSpanish
- voima, väkivalta, valta, pakottaaFinnish
- force, forces, pouvoir, truc, forcer, contraindreFrench
- cumhachdScottish Gaelic
- ज़ोर, बलHindi
- ուժ, ուժեր, զորություն, զինված ուժեր, ստիպել, հարկադրել, բռնանալArmenian
- forco, vigoro, mov-energio, violento, koakto, trupiIdo
- forza, forzareItalian
- 力, 強いるJapanese
- 힘, 포스Korean
- fortitudo, vis, potentia, obligo, cōgōLatin
- jėga, galia, priversti, verstiLithuanian
- spēks, vara, piespiestLatvian
- mahatonga, maneryMalagasy
- сила, моќ, насилство, полноважност, присилува, принудува, тера, силиMacedonian
- ശക്തി, ബലംMalayalam
- macht, troep, truc, kracht, geweld, dwingen, forceren, overweldigen, afdwingen, brandenDutch
- kraft, styrke, tvang, tvinge, påtvingeNorwegian
- siła, moc, siły, zmusićPolish
- força, validade, obrigar, compelir, forçarPortuguese
- forță, violenta, supuneRomanian
- мощь, отряд, сила, насилие, дурь, власть, заставить, принуждать, заставлять, принудитьRussian
- බලයSinhala, Sinhalese
- kraft, styrka, tvingaSwedish
- zorlamak, kuvvetTurkish
- міць, загін, змусити, муситиUkrainian
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