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.
The force of an explosion.
A sales force, a police force.
An example of force is using strength to open a jar.
Force of character.
To force one's voice.
Forcing the gun from his hand.
To force an article into a filled box.
To force one's attentions on another.
To force a smile.
The force of an appeal, an argument, or a contract.
The law will come into force in January.
The comedian's jokes weren't funny, but I forced a laugh now and then.
I forced myself to practice daily. He was forced to take a second job.
Greenhouse gases that force the earth's climate.
The force of a blow.
To miss the force of something said.
- To rape.
- To force to act or speak prematurely or unwillingly.
- In full strength; in large numbers:Demonstrators were out in force.
- In effect; operative:A rule that is no longer in force.
- in full strength; in full number
- in effect; operative; valid
Origin of force
- Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin fortia from neuter pl. of Latin fortis strong bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old Norse fors (“waterfall”). Cognate with Swedish fors (“waterfall”)
- From Old Norse fors or foss (“waterfall”)
- See farce (“to stuff”).