Definitions

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 frangibility.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • On Tuesday afternoon, set against the sleek backdrop of a London hotel, the vice-chairman of Iraq\'s oil and gas committee, Abdul-Hadi al-Hassani, told the BBC that the time is right to invest in Iraq as the government has \ "gone from strength to strength\".

    James Denselow: Iraq hits Black Gold

  • The strength of a muscle is measured by the utmost force which it can exert _once_; its endurance by the number of times it can repeat a given exertion _well within its strength_.

    How to Live Rules for Healthful Living Based on Modern Science

  • He became strenuous, diligent, modest, earnest, kind; he too, like Walter and Charlie, began his career "_from strength to strength_."

    St. Winifred's, or The World of School

  • In the revealings of such light, such exceptional hour, such mood, one does not wonder at the old story fables, (indeed, why fables?) of people falling into love-sickness with trees, seiz'd extatic with the mystic realism of the resistless silent strength in them -- _strength_, which after all is perhaps the last, completest, highest beauty.

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  • And we must use the� strength of this women’s commission and the strength� of the United Nations to end that war, to end the war� against the civil rights of women and the human rights� of women, and our children and people everywhere.

    Remarks by Bella Abzug at the 42nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

  • Sir Wm. Jones has added to the term, strength, _his own_; this we consider to be an error, at any rate it is not a mere translation, and we have applied the term used, _viz. _ _strength_ simpliciter, differently.]

    Hindu Law and Judicature from the Dharma-Sástra of Yájnavalkya

  • Share your obscure coolness with me, and gain strength from the sharing.

    Recharging

  • She draws in curly handwriting the word strength on my wrist.

    Cheer!

  • Little change in strength is expected as it turns to the northeast -- and toward central and northern Florida -- later today.

    June 2006

  • With regard to the current rental trends, how much of the decline in the domestic rentals are because of the title strength versus any other secular drivers out there or competitive drivers?

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Comments

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  • melty

    December 3, 2011

  • I can't, of course. My pronounciation of this word is pretty close to "strand"... :-(

    April 14, 2008

  • Can anyone actually pronounce this word with the "g" sound? It doesn't seem possible to me without twisting my vocal chords, and it doesn't sound right.

    April 14, 2008

  • See this map for American pronunciation.

    April 11, 2008

  • By gum, you're right. And now the barbell is even more lopsided...

    December 11, 2006

  • wikipedia lists "strengths" as the longest word without "e"

    December 10, 2006

  • How do you know it's the longest word in English with just one vowel? I'm sure you're right.

    Love your little image.

    December 10, 2006

  • I've always liked this word because it's the longest word in the language with just one vowel: I have this goofy image of the e in the middle as a bodybuilder lifting a massive barbell composed of the other letters.

    December 10, 2006