- The definition of force is strength or power.
- An example of force is someone using their hand to push open a door.
- An example of force is a police man pointing a gun at an armed person in order to get them to drop their weapon.
- Force is defined as to make someone or something do something.
An example of force is using strength to open a jar.
Force is used to push this bale of hay.
force definition by Webster's New World
- strength; energy; vigor; power
- the intensity of power; impetus: the force of a blow
- physical power or strength exerted against a person or thing: to use force in opening a door
- the use of physical power to overcome or restrain a person; physical coercion; violence: to resort to force in dispersing a mob
- the power of a person to act effectively and vigorously; moral or intellectual strength: force of character
- the power to control, persuade, influence, etc.; effectiveness: the force of circumstances, an argument lacking force
- a person, thing, or group having a certain influence, power, etc.: a force for good
- the real or precise meaning; basic point: to miss the force of something said
- military, naval, or air power
- the collective armed strength, as of a nation
- any organized group of soldiers, sailors, etc.
- any group of people organized for some activity: a sales force, a police force
- Law binding power; validity
- Physics the cause, or agent, that puts an object at rest into motion or alters the motion of a moving object: abbrev. F
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form fortia, an unverified form forcia ; from Classical Latin fortis, strong: see fort
- to cause to do something by or as if by force; compel
- to rape (a woman)
- to break open, into, or through by force: to force a lock
- to make (a way, etc.) by force
- to overpower or capture by breaking into, through, etc.: to force the enemy's stronghold
- to get or take by force; wrest; extort: forcing the gun from his hand
- to drive by or as by force; cause to move against resistance; impel: to force an article into a filled box
- to impose by or as by force: with on or upon: to force one's attentions on another
- to effect or produce by or as by force; produce by unusual or unnatural effort: to force a smile
- to exert beyond the natural limits or capacity; strain: to force one's voice
- to cause (plants, fruit, etc.) to develop or grow faster by artificial means
- to give or add force to
- to put in force
- ☆ Baseball
- to cause (a base runner) to be put out by a force-out: said of a batter
- to cause (a runner) to score or (a run) to be scored by walking the batter with the bases full: often with in
- Card Games to cause (an opponent) to play (a particular card)
- Bridge to make a bid that requires (one's partner) to bid in response
Origin: ME forcen < OFr forcer < VL *fortiare < *fortia, *forcia: see the n.
force definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power: the force of an explosion.
- a. Power made operative against resistance; exertion: use force in driving a nail.b. The use of physical power or violence to compel or restrain: a confession obtained by force.
- a. Intellectual power or vigor, especially as conveyed in writing or speech.b. Moral strength.c. A capacity for affecting the mind or behavior; efficacy: the force of logical argumentation.d. One that possesses such capacity: the forces of evil.
- a. A body of persons or other resources organized or available for a certain purpose: a large labor force.b. A person or group capable of influential action: a retired senator who is still a force in national politics.
- a. Military strength.b. The entire military strength, as of a nation. Often used in the plural.c. A unit of a nation's military personnel, especially one deployed into combat: Our forces have at last engaged the enemy.
- Law Legal validity.
- Physics A vector quantity that tends to produce an acceleration of a body in the direction of its application.
- Baseball A force play.
- To compel through pressure or necessity: I forced myself to practice daily. He was forced to take a second job.
- a. To gain by the use of force or coercion: force a confession.b. To move or effect against resistance or inertia: forced my foot into the shoe.c. To inflict or impose relentlessly: He forced his ideas upon the group.
- a. To put undue strain on: She forced her voice despite being hoarse.b. To increase or accelerate (a pace, for example) to the maximum.c. To produce with effort and against one's will: force a laugh in spite of pain.d. To use (language) with obvious lack of ease and naturalness.
- a. To move, open, or clear by force: forced our way through the crowd.b. To break down or open by force: force a lock.
- To rape.
- Botany To cause to grow or mature by artificially accelerating normal processes.
- Baseball a. To put (a runner) out on a force play.b. To allow (a run) to be scored by walking a batter when the bases are loaded.
- Games To cause an opponent to play (a particular card).
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin fortia, from neuter pl. of Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
- forceˈa·ble adjective
- forcˈer noun
force - Computer Definition
An earlier dBASE compiler developed by Sophco, Inc., Boulder, CO, which combined C and dBASE structures. It was noted for generating very small executable programs.
force - Cultural Definition
In physics, something that causes a change in the motion of an object. The modern definition of force (an object's mass multiplied by its acceleration) was given by Isaac Newton in Newton's laws of motion. The most familiar unit of force is the pound. (See mechanics.)
- Gravity, and therefore weight, is a kind of force.
force - Legal Definition
force - Medical Definition
- The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power.
- A vector quantity that tends to produce an acceleration of a body in the direction of its application.
force - Phrases/Idioms
- in full strength; in full number
- in effect; operative; valid
force (someone's) hand
- In full strength; in large numbers: Demonstrators were out in force.
- In effect; operative: a rule that is no longer in force.
force - Science Definition
- Any of various factors that cause a body to change its speed, direction, or shape. Force is a vector quantity, having both magnitude and direction. Contributions of force from different sources can be summed to give the net force at any given point.
- Any of the four natural phenomena involving the interaction between particles of matter. From the strongest to the weakest, the four forces are the strong nuclear force , the electromagnetic force , the weak nuclear force , and gravity .