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English noun: force

1. force (attribute) a powerful effect or influence


SamplesThe force of his eloquence easily persuaded them.


Broader (hypernym)influence


Narrower (hyponym)duress, heartbeat, lifeblood, pressure, wheel

2. force (phenomenon) (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity


SamplesForce equals mass times acceleration.


Broader (hypernym)physical phenomenon


Narrower (hyponym)aerodynamic force, affinity, attraction, attractive force, centrifugal force, centripetal force, chemical attraction, cohesion, Coriolis force, drift, elan vital, impetus, impulsion, life force, Lorentz force, magnetomotive force, moment, propulsion, pull, push, reaction, repulsion, repulsive force, stress, thrust, torque, torsion, vital force, vitality


Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

3. force (attribute) physical energy or intensity


SamplesHe 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.


Synonymsforcefulness, strength


Broader (hypernym)intensity, intensiveness


Narrower (hyponym)brunt, energy, impulse, momentum, vigor, vigour, zip

4. force (group) group of people willing to obey orders


SamplesA public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens.


Synonymspersonnel


Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization


Narrower (hyponym)armed forces, armed service, armed services, constabulary, guerilla force, guerrilla force, hands, law, line personnel, management personnel, manpower, men, military, military machine, military personnel, military police, military service, MP, paramilitary, paramilitary force, paramilitary organisation, paramilitary organization, paramilitary unit, patrol, police, police force, private security force, rank, rank and file, security force, service, soldiery, staff, troops, war machine, work force, workforce

5. force (group) a unit that is part of some military service


SamplesHe sent Caesar a force of six thousand men.


Synonymsmilitary force, military group, military unit


Broader (hypernym)social unit, unit


Narrower (hyponym)air unit, armor, armour, army unit, command, commando, contingent, detail, echelon, enemy, guard, Haganah, headquarters, IDF, Israeli Defense Force, legion, militia, mujahadeen, mujahadein, mujahadin, mujahedeen, mujahedin, mujahideen, mujahidin, naval unit, phalanx, Republican Guard, reserves, spearhead, task force, trip wire


Member holonymman, military man, military personnel, serviceman


Member meronymarmed service, military service, service


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

6. force (act) an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)


SamplesHe may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one.


Synonymsviolence


Broader (hypernym)aggression, hostility


Narrower (hyponym)domestic violence, public violence, riot, road rage

7. force (person) one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority


SamplesThe mysterious presence of an evil power.
May the force be with you.
The forces of evil.


Synonymspower


Broader (hypernym)causal agency, causal agent, cause


Narrower (hyponym)influence, juggernaut, Moloch, steamroller

8. force (group) a group of people having the power of effective action


SamplesHe joined forces with a band of adventurers.


Broader (hypernym)social group

9. force (attribute) (of a law) having legal validity


SamplesThe law is still in effect.


Synonymseffect


Broader (hypernym)validity, validness


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

10. force (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


SamplesThe shortstop got the runner at second on a force.


Synonymsforce out, force play, force-out


Broader (hypernym)putout


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game


English verb: force

1. force (social) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :


SamplesShe forced him to take a job in the city.
He squeezed her for information.


ExamplesThey force him to write the letter


Synonymscoerce, hale, pressure, squeeze


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige


Narrower (hyponym)bludgeon, bring oneself, dragoon, drive, railroad, sandbag, squeeze for, steamroll, steamroller, terrorise, terrorize, turn up the heat, turn up the pressure


Causeact, move

2. force (creation) urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate


ExamplesThey force him to write the letter


Synonymsimpel


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

3. force (motion) move with force,


SamplesHe pushed the table into a corner.


Synonymspush


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)beat back, drive, drive, flick, force back, jam, jerk, jostle, muscle into, nose, nudge, obtrude, poke at, press, prod, push, push aside, push away, push back, push out, push up, repel, repulse, shove, shove, shove, squeeze, stuff, thrust, thrust, thrust out, tip, topple, tumble


Entailmove, press


Verb grouppush


Antonymsdraw, pull, force

4. force (communication) impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably


SamplesShe forced her diet fads on him.


Synonymsthrust


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something on somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige


Narrower (hyponym)stick, sting

5. force (contact) squeeze like a wedge into a tight space


SamplesI squeezed myself into the corner.


Synonymssqueeze, wedge


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)compact, compress, impact, pack together

6. force (contact) force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically


SamplesShe rammed her mind into focus.
He drives me mad.


Synonymsdrive, ram


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)thrust


Narrower (hyponym)toe, toenail


Verb groupdrive, drive

7. force (contact) cause to move by pulling


SamplesDraw a wagon.
Pull a sled.


Synonymsdraw, pull


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)displace, move


Narrower (hyponym)abduct, adduct, attract, cart, drag, drag, draw, draw in, hale, haul, jerk, pick, pick off, pluck, pluck, plunk, pull, pull back, pull in, pull off, stretch, tug, tweak, twitch, winch, yank


Verb groupdraw, pull, pull


Antonymspush, force

8. force (contact) do forcibly; exert force


SamplesDon't force it!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Narrower (hyponym)pull

9. force (contact) take by force


SamplesStorm the fort.


Synonymsstorm


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate









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