- An example of strong is someone who can lift 200 pounds.
- An example of strong is a wind that knocks over trees.
- An example of strong is someone who can run fast.
- physically powerful; having great muscular strength; robust
- in a healthy and sound condition; hale; hearty
- performing well or in a normal manner: a strong heart
- not easily affected or upset: a strong stomach
- morally powerful; having strength of character or will
- intellectually powerful; able to think vigorously and clearly
- having special competence or ability (in or on a specified area): a student who is strong in botany
- governing or leading with firm authority; authoritarian
- powerfully made, built, or constituted; tough; firm; durable: a strong wall, a strong fabric
- holding firmly; tenacious: a strong grip
- binding tightly: strong glue
- hard to capture; able to resist and endure attack: a strong fort
- not easily defeated; formidable: a strong opponent
- not easily dislodged; deep-rooted: strong prejudice
- having many resources; powerful in wealth, numbers, supplies, etc.: a strong nation
- of a specified number; reaching a certain degree in number or strength: a task force 6,000 strong
- having a powerful effect; drastic: strong measures
- having a large amount of its essential quality; not weak or diluted: strong coffee
- affecting the senses powerfully; intense: a strong light, strong smell, etc.
- having an offensive taste or smell; rank: strong butter
- firm and loud: a strong voice
- intense in degree or quality; not mild; specif.,
- ardent; passionate; warm: strong affection
- forceful; persuasive; cogent: strong reasons
- felt deeply; pronounced; decided: a strong opinion
- vigorously active; zealous: a strong socialist
- vigorous, forthright, and unambiguous, often offensively so: strong language
- clear; distinct; marked: a strong resemblance
- receiving or showing emphasis or stress: a strong accent or beat
- moving rapidly and with force: a strong wind
- having high powers of magnification: strong lenses
- tending toward higher prices: said of a stock or stock market
- Chem. having a high ion concentration, as certain acids and bases
- Gram. in English and other Germanic languages, designating or of verbs that express variation in tense chiefly by internal change of a syllabic vowel rather than by the addition of inflectional endings; irregular (Ex.: swim, swam, swum; drive, drove, driven)
Origin of strongMiddle English from Old English strang, akin to Old Norse strangr, strong, severe, German streng, severe from Indo-European base an unverified form strenk-, an unverified form streng-, tense, taut from source string, Classical Greek strangos, twisted, Classical Latin stringere, to draw taut
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- a. Physically powerful; capable of exerting great physical force.b. Marked by great physical power: a strong blow to the head.
- In good or sound health; robust: a strong constitution; a strong heart.
- Economically or financially sound or thriving: a strong economy.
- Having force of character, will, morality, or intelligence: a strong personality.
- Having or showing ability or achievement in a specified field: students who are strong in chemistry.
- Capable of the effective exercise of authority: a strong leader.
- a. Capable of withstanding force or wear; solid, tough, or firm: a strong building; a strong fabric.b. Having great binding strength: a strong adhesive.
- Not easily captured or defeated: a strong flank; a strong defense.
- Not easily upset; resistant to harmful or unpleasant influences: strong nerves; a strong stomach.
- Having force or rapidity of motion: a strong current.
- a. Persuasive, effective, and cogent: a strong argument.b. Forceful and pointed; emphatic: a strong statement.c. Forthright and explicit, often offensively so: strong language.
- Extreme; drastic: had to resort to strong measures.
- Having force of conviction or feeling; uncompromising: strong faith; a strong supporter.
- Intense in degree or quality: a strong emotion; strong motivation.
- a. Having an intense or offensive effect on the senses: strong light; strong vinegar; strong cologne.b. Clear and loud: a strong voice.c. Readily noticeable; remarkable: a strong resemblance; a strong contrast.d. Readily detected or received: a strong radio signal.
- a. Having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient: mixed a strong solution of bleach and water.b. Containing a considerable percentage of alcohol: strong punch.c. Powerfully effective: a strong painkiller.
- Of or relating to a color having a high degree of saturation.
- Having a specified number of units or members: a military force 100,000 strong.
- Marked by steady or rising prices: a strong market.
- Linguistics a. Of or relating to those verbs in Germanic languages that form their past tense by a change in stem vowel, and their past participles by a change in stem vowel and sometimes by adding the suffix -(e)n, as sing, sang, sung or tear, tore, torn.b. Of or relating to the inflection of nouns or adjectives in Germanic languages with endings that historically did not contain a suffix with an n.
- Stressed or accented in pronunciation or poetic meter. Used of a word or syllable.
Origin of strongMiddle English from Old English strang
(comparative stronger, superlative strongest)
- Capable of producing great physical force.
- a big strong man; Jake was tall and strong
- Capable of withstanding great physical force.
- a strong foundation; good strong shoes
- fast moving water, wind, etc, which has a lot of power.
- The man was nearly drowned after a strong undercurrent swept him out to sea.
- Determined; unyielding.
- He is strong in the face of adversity.
- Highly stimulating to the senses.
- a strong light; a strong taste
- Having an offensive or intense odor or flavor.
- a strong smell
- Having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient.
- a strong cup of coffee; a strong medicine
- (specifically) Having a high alcoholic content.
- a strong drink
- (grammar) Inflecting in a different manner than the one called weak, such as Germanic verbs which change vowels.
- a strong verb
- (military) Not easily subdued or taken.
- a strong position
- (slang, US) Impressive, good.
- You're working with troubled youth in your off time? That's strong!
- Having a specified number of people or units.
- The enemy's army force was five thousand strong.
- (of a disease or symptom) severe (very bad or intense)
- (mathematics, logic) Having a wide range of logical consequences; widely applicable. (Often contrasted with a weak statement which it implies.)
- In a strong manner.
From Middle English strong, strang, from Old English strong, strang (“strong, powerful, mighty, able; firm, constant, resolute, strenuous, hardy; hard, severe, fierce, stern, strict; bold, brave; valid, assured; effective, producing a great effect, potent; earnest; arduous, violent"), from Proto-Germanic *strangaz (“tight, strict, straight, strong"), from Proto-Indo-European *streng-, *strenk- (“taut, stiff, tight"). Cognate with Scots strang (“strong"), Saterland Frisian strang, West Frisian string (“austere, strict, harsh, severe, stern, stark, tough"), Dutch streng (“strict, severe, tight"), German streng (“strict, severe, austere"), Swedish strÃ¤ng, strang (“severe, strict, harsh"), Norwegian strang (“strong, harsh, bitter"), Icelandic strangur (“strict").
- A surname.