(Northern England) Falls. used in place names.
- 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a rule that is no longer in force.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
Other Word Forms of Force
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Force
- force (oneself) on
- force (someone's) hand
- in force
- in force
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 Middle English force, fors, forse, from Old French force, from Late Latin fortia, from neuter plural of Latin fortis (“strong”).
From Old Norse fors (“waterfall”). Cognate with Swedish fors (“waterfall”)
From Old Norse fors or foss (“waterfall”)
See farce (“to stuff”).
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