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English Dictionary: force by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
force
n
  1. a powerful effect or influence; "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"
  2. (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
  3. physical energy or intensity; "he hit with all the force he could muster"; "it was destroyed by the strength of the gale"; "a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"
    Synonym(s): force, forcefulness, strength
  4. group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
    Synonym(s): force, personnel
  5. a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
    Synonym(s): military unit, military force, military group, force
  6. an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists); "he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
    Synonym(s): violence, force
  7. one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; "the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil"
    Synonym(s): power, force
  8. a group of people having the power of effective action; "he joined forces with a band of adventurers"
  9. (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in effect"
    Synonym(s): effect, force
  10. 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; "the shortstop got the runner at second on a force"
    Synonym(s): force out, force-out, force play, force
v
  1. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"; "He squeezed her for information"
    Synonym(s): coerce, hale, squeeze, pressure, force
  2. urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
    Synonym(s): impel, force
  3. move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
    Synonym(s): push, force
    Antonym(s): draw, force, pull
  4. impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably; "She forced her diet fads on him"
    Synonym(s): force, thrust
  5. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself into the corner"
    Synonym(s): wedge, squeeze, force
  6. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He drives me mad"
    Synonym(s): force, drive, ram
  7. cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
    Synonym(s): pull, draw, force
    Antonym(s): force, push
  8. do forcibly; exert force; "Don't force it!"
  9. take by force; "Storm the fort"
    Synonym(s): storm, force
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Force \Force\, v. t. [See {Farce} to stuff.]
      To stuff; to lard; to farce. [R.]
  
               Wit larded with malice, and malice forced with wit.
                                                                              --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Force \Force\, n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. fors, foss, Dan.
      fos.]
      A waterfall; a cascade. [Prov. Eng.]
  
               To see the falls for force of the river Kent. --T.
                                                                              Gray.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Force \Force\, n. [F. force, LL. forcia, fortia, fr. L. fortis
      strong. See {Fort}, n.]
      1. Strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor;
            might; often, an unusual degree of strength or energy;
            capacity of exercising an influence or producing an
            effect; especially, power to persuade, or convince, or
            impose obligation; pertinency; validity; special
            signification; as, the force of an appeal, an argument, a
            contract, or a term.
  
                     He was, in the full force of the words, a good man.
                                                                              --Macaulay.
  
      2. Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power;
            violence; coercion.
  
                     Which now they hold by force, and not by right.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      3. Strength or power for war; hence, a body of land or naval
            combatants, with their appurtenances, ready for action; --
            an armament; troops; warlike array; -- often in the
            plural; hence, a body of men prepared for action in other
            ways; as, the laboring force of a plantation.
  
                     Is Lucius general of the forces?         --Shak.
  
      4. (Law)
            (a) Strength or power exercised without law, or contrary
                  to law, upon persons or things; violence.
            (b) Validity; efficacy. --Burrill.
  
      5. (Physics) Any action between two bodies which changes, or
            tends to change, their relative condition as to rest or
            motion; or, more generally, which changes, or tends to
            change, any physical relation between them, whether
            mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, or of
            any other kind; as, the force of gravity; cohesive force;
            centrifugal force.
  
      {Animal force} (Physiol.), muscular force or energy.
  
      {Catabiotic force} [Gr. [?] down (intens.) + [?] life.]
            (Biol.), the influence exerted by living structures on
            adjoining cells, by which the latter are developed in
            harmony with the primary structures.
  
      {Centrifugal force}, {Centripetal force}, {Coercive force},
            etc. See under {Centrifugal}, {Centripetal}, etc.
  
      {Composition of forces}, {Correlation of forces}, etc. See
            under {Composition}, {Correlation}, etc.
  
      {Force and arms} [trans. of L. vi et armis] (Law), an
            expression in old indictments, signifying violence.
  
      {In force}, [or] {Of force}, of unimpaired efficacy; valid;
            of full virtue; not suspended or reversed. [bd]A testament
            is of force after men are dead.[b8] --Heb. ix. 17.
  
      {Metabolic force} (Physiol.), the influence which causes and
            controls the metabolism of the body.
  
      {No force}, no matter of urgency or consequence; no account;
            hence, to do no force, to make no account of; not to heed.
            [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
      {Of force}, of necessity; unavoidably; imperatively. [bd]Good
            reasons must, of force, give place to better.[b8] --Shak.
  
      {Plastic force} (Physiol.), the force which presumably acts
            in the growth and repair of the tissues.
  
      {Vital force} (Physiol.), that force or power which is
            inherent in organization; that form of energy which is the
            cause of the vital phenomena of the body, as distinguished
            from the physical forces generally known.
  
      Syn: Strength; vigor; might; energy; stress; vehemence;
               violence; compulsion; coaction; constraint; coercion.
  
      Usage: {Force}, {Strength}. Strength looks rather to power as
                  an inward capability or energy. Thus we speak of the
                  strength of timber, bodily strength, mental strength,
                  strength of emotion, etc. Force, on the other hand,
                  looks more to the outward; as, the force of
                  gravitation, force of circumstances, force of habit,
                  etc. We do, indeed, speak of strength of will and
                  force of will; but even here the former may lean
                  toward the internal tenacity of purpose, and the
                  latter toward the outward expression of it in action.
                  But, though the two words do in a few cases touch thus
                  closely on each other, there is, on the whole, a
                  marked distinction in our use of force and strength.
                  [bd]Force is the name given, in mechanical science, to
                  whatever produces, or can produce, motion.[b8]
                  --Nichol.
  
                           Thy tears are of no force to mollify This flinty
                           man.                                             --Heywood.
  
                           More huge in strength than wise in works he was.
                                                                              --Spenser.
  
                           Adam and first matron Eve Had ended now their
                           orisons, and found Strength added from above,
                           new hope to spring Out of despair. --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Force \Force\, v. i. [Obs. in all the senses.]
      1. To use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to
            endeavor.
  
                     Forcing with gifts to win his wanton heart.
                                                                              --Spenser.
  
      2. To make a difficult matter of anything; to labor; to
            hesitate; hence, to force of, to make much account of; to
            regard.
  
                     Your oath once broke, you force not to forswear.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
                     I force not of such fooleries.            --Camden.
  
      3. To be of force, importance, or weight; to matter.
  
                     It is not sufficient to have attained the name and
                     dignity of a shepherd, not forcing how. --Udall.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Force \Force\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Forced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Forcing}.] [OF. forcier, F. forcer, fr. LL. forciare,
      fortiare. See {Force}, n.]
      1. To constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a
            power not resistible; to compel by physical, moral, or
            intellectual means; to coerce; as, masters force slaves to
            labor.
  
      2. To compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force
            conviction on the mind.
  
      3. To do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence
            to one;s will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to
            commit rape upon.
  
                     To force their monarch and insult the court.
                                                                              --Dryden.
  
                     I should have forced thee soon wish other arms.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
                     To force a spotless virgin's chastity. --Shak.
  
      4. To obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or
            struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm,
            as a fortress.
  
      5. To impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main
            strength or violence; -- with a following adverb, as
            along, away, from, into, through, out, etc.
  
                     It stuck so fast, so deeply buried lay That scarce
                     the victor forced the steel away.      --Dryden.
  
                     To force the tyrant from his seat by war. --Sahk.
  
                     Ethelbert ordered that none should be forced into
                     religion.                                          --Fuller.
  
      6. To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding;
            to enforce. [Obs.]
  
                     What can the church force more?         --J. Webster.
  
      7. To exert to the utmost; to urge; hence, to strain; to urge
            to excessive, unnatural, or untimely action; to produce by
            unnatural effort; as, to force a consient or metaphor; to
            force a laugh; to force fruits.
  
                     High on a mounting wave my head I bore, Forcing my
                     strength, and gathering to the shore. --Dryden.
  
      8. (Whist) To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a
            trick by leading a suit of which he has none.
  
      9. To provide with forces; to re[89]nforce; to strengthen by
            soldiers; to man; to garrison. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
      10. To allow the force of; to value; to care for. [Obs.]
  
                     For me, I force not argument a straw. --Shak.
  
      Syn: To compel; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce;
               drive; press; impel.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   Force
  
      A {dBASE} dialect for {MS-DOS}.
  
  
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