Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) a powerful effect or influence
  2. (noun, phenomenon) (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
  3. (noun, attribute) physical energy or intensity
    it was destroyed by the strength of the gale
    a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man
  4. (noun, group) group of people willing to obey orders
  5. (noun, group) a unit that is part of some military service
  6. (noun, act) an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)
  7. (noun, person) one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
    may the force be with you
    the forces of evil
  8. (noun, group) a group of people having the power of effective action
  9. (noun, attribute) (of a law) having legal validity
  10. (noun, act) 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
  11. (verb, social) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :
    He squeezed her for information
  12. (verb, creation) urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
  13. (verb, motion) move with force,
  14. (verb, communication) impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
  15. (verb, contact) squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
  16. (verb, contact) force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
    He drives me mad
  17. (verb, contact) cause to move by pulling
    pull a sled
  18. (verb, contact) do forcibly; exert force
  19. (verb, contact) take by force

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Alternate forms of Force

Derivations: force, forcible

Hyponyms: abduct, adduct, aerodynamic force, affinity, air unit, armed forces, armed service, armed services, armor, armour, army unit, attract, attraction, attractive force, beat back, bludgeon, bring oneself, brunt, cart, centrifugal force, centripetal force, chemical attraction, cohesion, command, commando, compact, compress, constabulary, contingent, coriolis force, detail, domestic violence, drag, dragoon, draw, draw in, drift, drive, duress, echelon, elan vital, enemy, energy, flick, force back, guard, guerilla force, guerrilla force, haganah, hale, hands, haul, headquarters, heartbeat, idf, impact, impetus, impulse, impulsion, influence, israeli defense force, jam, jerk, jostle, juggernaut, law, legion, life force, lifeblood, line personnel, lorentz force, magnetomotive force, management personnel, manpower, men, military, military machine, military personnel, military police, military service, militia, moloch, moment, momentum, mp, mujahadeen, mujahadein, mujahadin, mujahedeen, mujahedin, mujahideen, mujahidin, muscle into, naval unit, nose, nudge, obtrude, pack together, paramilitary, paramilitary force, paramilitary organisation, paramilitary organization, paramilitary unit, patrol, phalanx, pick, pick off, pluck, plunk, poke at, police, police force, press, pressure, private security force, prod, propulsion, public violence, pull, pull back, pull in, pull off, push, push aside, push away, push back, push out, push up, railroad, rank, rank and file, reaction, repel, republican guard, repulse, repulsion, repulsive force, reserves, riot, road rage, sandbag, security force, service, shove, soldiery, spearhead, squeeze, squeeze for, staff, steamroll, steamroller, stick, sting, stress, stretch, stuff, task force, terrorise, terrorize, thrust, thrust out, tip, toe, toenail, topple, torque, torsion, trip wire, troops, tug, tumble, turn up the heat, turn up the pressure, tweak, twitch, vigor, vigour, vital force, vitality, war machine, wheel, winch, work force, workforce, yank, zip

Hypernyms: act, aggression, causal agency, causal agent, cause, compel, displace, do, hostility, influence, intensity, intensiveness, make, move, obligate, oblige, organisation, organization, penetrate, perforate, physical phenomenon, putout, social group, social unit, thrust, unit, validity, validness

Origin of the word Force

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. force, from L.L. fortia, from neut. pl. of L. fortis "strong" (see fort). Meaning "body of armed men, army" first recorded late 14c. The verb is first attested early 14c.; its original sense was "to ravish" (a woman). more

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