from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state, property, or quality of being strong.
- n. The power to resist attack; impregnability.
- n. The power to resist strain or stress; durability.
- n. The ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly.
- n. Capacity or potential for effective action: a show of strength.
- n. The number of people constituting a normal or ideal organization: The police force has been at half strength since the budget cuts.
- n. Military capability in terms of personnel and materiel: an army of fearsome strength.
- n. A source of power or force.
- n. One that is regarded as the embodiment of protective or supportive power; a support or mainstay.
- n. An attribute or quality of particular worth or utility; an asset.
- n. Degree of intensity, force, effectiveness, or potency in terms of a particular property, as:
- n. Degree of concentration, distillation, or saturation; potency.
- n. Operative effectiveness or potency.
- n. Intensity, as of sound or light.
- n. Intensity or vehemence, as of emotion or language.
- n. Effective or binding force; efficacy: the strength of an argument.
- n. Firmness of or a continuous rising tendency in prices, as on the stock market.
- n. Games Power derived from the value of playing cards held.
- idiom on the strength of On the basis of: She was hired on the strength of her computer skills.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being strong.
- n. The intensity of a force or power; potency.
- n. The strongest part of something.
- n. A positive attribute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being strong; ability to do or to bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; force; vigor; power.
- n. Power to resist force; solidity or toughness; the quality of bodies by which they endure the application of force without breaking or yielding; -- in this sense opposed to
- n. Power of resisting attacks; impregnability.
- n. That quality which tends to secure results; effective power in an institution or enactment; security; validity; legal or moral force; logical conclusiveness.
- n. One who, or that which, is regarded as embodying or affording force, strength, or firmness; that on which confidence or reliance is based; support; security.
- n. Force as measured; amount, numbers, or power of any body, as of an army, a navy, and the like; as, what is the strength of the enemy by land, or by sea?
- n. Vigor or style; force of expression; nervous diction; -- said of literary work.
- n. Intensity; -- said of light or color.
- n. Intensity or degree of the distinguishing and essential element; spirit; virtue; excellence; -- said of liquors, solutions, etc..
- n. A strong place; a stronghold.
- transitive v. To strengthen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The property of being strong; force; power.
- n. In inanimate things, the property by which they sustain the application of force without breaking or yielding: as, the strength of a bone; the strength of a beam; the strength of a wall; the strength of a rope.
- n. Hence Power or vigor of any kind; ability; capacity for work or effective action, whether physical, intellectual, or moral: as, strength of grasp or stroke; strength of mind, memory, or judgment; strength of feeling (that is, not intensity but effectiveness of emotion).
- n. One who or that which is regarded as an embodiment of force or strength; that on which confidence or reliance is firmly set; stay; support; security.
- n. Force; violence; vehemence; intensity.
- n. Degree of the distinguishing or essential element or constituent; the power to produce sensible effects on other bodies; potency: said of liquors and the like: as, the strength of an acid; the strength of wine or spirits; the strength of a potion or a poison.
- n. Force as measured or stated in figures; amount or numbers of any collective body, as of an army or a fleet: as, a play adapted to the whole strength of the company; the full strength of a regiment.
- n. Available force or backing, as of a candidate: as, his strength is greatest in the cities.
- n. Force proceeding from motion and proportioned to it; vehemence; impetuosity: as, the strength of a current of air or water; the strength of a charge of cavalry.
- n. A stronghold.
- n. In colors, the relative property possessed by a pigment of imparting a color to and modifying the shade of any other pigment to which it is added.
- n. In the fine arts, boldness of conception or treatment.
- n. In soap-making. See the quotation.
- n. Synonyms Force, etc. See power.
- To strengthen.
- n. In milling, the bread-making quality of flour; the adhesive quality of the gluten in the flour. This, when the flour is made into dough, causes the dough to retain the carbonic-acid gas which results from the reaction of the yeast, and gives the dough greater power to rise and make a larger and finer loaf.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects
- n. capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
- n. the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)
- n. physical energy or intensity
- n. the condition of financial success
- n. the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty
- n. an asset of special worth or utility
- n. permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force
- n. the property of being physically or mentally strong
Middle English, from Old English strengthu.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English strengþu (corresponding to strong + -th). Written strenght in the 1534 Tyndale English translation of the Bible. (Wiktionary)