- The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power: the force of an explosion.
- Power made operative against resistance; exertion: use force in driving a nail.
- The use of physical power or violence to compel or restrain: a confession obtained by force.
- Intellectual power or vigor, especially as conveyed in writing or speech.
- Moral strength.
- A capacity for affecting the mind or behavior; efficacy: the force of logical argumentation.
- One that possesses such capacity: the forces of evil.
- A body of persons or other resources organized or available for a certain purpose: a large labor force.
- A person or group capable of influential action: a retired senator who is still a force in national politics.
- Military strength.
- The entire military strength, as of a nation. Often used in the plural.
- A unit of a nation's military personnel, especially one deployed into combat: Our forces have at last engaged the enemy.
- Law Legal validity.
- Physics A vector quantity that tends to produce an acceleration of a body in the direction of its application.
- Baseball A force play.
- To compel through pressure or necessity: I forced myself to practice daily. He was forced to take a second job.
- To gain by the use of force or coercion: force a confession.
- To move or effect against resistance or inertia: forced my foot into the shoe.
- To inflict or impose relentlessly: He forced his ideas upon the group.
- To put undue strain on: She forced her voice despite being hoarse.
- To increase or accelerate (a pace, for example) to the maximum.
- To produce with effort and against one's will: force a laugh in spite of pain.
- To use (language) with obvious lack of ease and naturalness.
- To move, open, or clear by force: forced our way through the crowd.
- To break down or open by force: force a lock.
- To rape.
- Botany To cause to grow or mature by artificially accelerating normal processes.
- Baseball To put (a runner) out on a force play.
- Baseball To allow (a run) to be scored by walking a batter when the bases are loaded.
- Games To cause an opponent to play (a particular card).
- force (someone's) hand To force to act or speak prematurely or unwillingly.
- in force In full strength; in large numbers: Demonstrators were out in force.
- in force In effect; operative: a rule that is no longer in force.
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