• WordNet 3.6
    • n strength the property of being physically or mentally strong "fatigue sapped his strength"
    • n strength capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects "the toxin's potency","the strength of the drinks"
    • n strength 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"
    • n strength permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force "they advertised the durability of their products"
    • n strength the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation) "he adjusted the intensity of the sound","they measured the station's signal strength"
    • n strength an asset of special worth or utility "cooking is his forte"
    • n strength 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 "the strength of his argument settled the matter"
    • n strength capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war "we faced an army of great strength","politicians have neglected our military posture"
    • n strength the condition of financial success "the strength of the company's stock in recent weeks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Egyptian pyramid builders used to eat a lot of garlic because they thought it would increase their strength
    • Strength A strong place; a stronghold.
    • Strength 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?
    • Strength Intensity or degree of the distinguishing and essential element; spirit; virtue; excellence; -- said of liquors, solutions, etc.; as, the strength of wine or of acids.
    • Strength Intensity; -- said of light or color. "Bright Phœbus in his strength ."
    • Strength 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. "God is our refuge and strength .""What they boded would be a mischief to us, you are providing shall be one of our principal strengths .""Certainly there is not a greater strength against temptation."
    • Strength Power of resisting attacks; impregnability. "Our castle's strength will laugh a siege to scorn."
    • Strength 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; as, the strength of a bone, of a beam, of a wall, a rope, and the like. "The brittle strength of bones."
    • Strength That quality which tends to secure results; effective power in an institution or enactment; security; validity; legal or moral force; logical conclusiveness; as, the strength of social or legal obligations; the strength of law; the strength of public opinion; strength of evidence; strength of argument.
    • Strength 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; as, strength of body or of the arm; strength of mind, of memory, or of judgment. "All his [Samson's strength in his hairs were.""Thou must outlive
      Thy youth, thy strength , thy beauty."
    • v. t Strength To strengthen.
    • Strength Vigor or style; force of expression; nervous diction; -- said of literary work. "And praise the easy vigor of a life
      Where Denham's strength and Waller's sweetness join."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Out of all the eight letter words in the English language, only one has only one vowel in it: "strength"
    • n strength The property of being strong; force; power. Specifically— In animals, that attribute of an animal body by which it is enabled to move itself or other bodies. The strength of animals is the muscular force or energy which they are capable of exerting. See horse-power.
    • n strength 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 strength 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 strength 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 strength Force; violence; vehemence; intensity.
    • n strength 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 strength 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 strength Available force or backing, as of a candidate: as, his strength is greatest in the cities.
    • n strength 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 strength A stronghold.
    • n strength 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. Thus, one pound of lampblack added to 100 pounds of white lead produces a dark-gray shade, but one pound of ivory-black added in the same way would have little effect on the white.
    • n strength In the fine arts, boldness of conception or treatment.
    • n strength In soap-making. See the quotation.
    • n strength Synonyms Force, etc. See power.
    • strength To strengthen.
    • n strength 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Strength is the longest english word with only one vowel.
    • n Strength strength quality of being strong: power of any kind, active or passive: force, vigour, violence: solidity or toughness: power to resist attack: excellence, boldness of conception or treatment: the required consistency or degree of the essential element in any compound: intensity: brightness: validity: vigour of style or expression: security: amount of force: potency of liquors: available force or support: a fortification, stronghold
    • v.i Strength to become stronger
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  • Aesop
    “Union gives strength.”
  • Ovid
    “Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “He who has not the weakness of friendship has not the strength.”
  • Motto
    “Candor gives wings to strength.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
    “Strength alone knows conflict, weakness is born vanquished.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “Stubbornness is the strength of the weak.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. strengthe, AS. strengðu, fr. strang, strong. See Strong


In literature:

My strength is as the strength of ten Because my heart is pure.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Certain drugs lose their strength, some absorb moisture, others change their chemical strength if kept mixed with other chemicals.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
We now found that we had been under-rating her strength.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
I resolved as long as I had strength to push on, though I had missed the wood for which I was aiming.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
The time in the bath is shorter or longer according to the patient's strength and power of reaction.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Her fortune, time and strength are laid on the altar of the country in this hour of trial.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
Before all it demanded strength, moral and physical strength.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The oldest and slowest gathered all the strength it had and galloped and ran when it felt the bare boy on its back.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
But let the youths, who are younger than I am, and confide in their strength, brandish their spears.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
Privations and toil, those two unsparing allies that had made such inroads on his health and strength, seemed fading harmlessly away.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels

In poetry:

Linger o'er the cedar's strength,
Which, to flourish,
Waits him not.
"The Wanderer's Storm-Song" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Only Thee, Belovèd,
Only Thee, I seek.
Thou, the Man Christ Jesus,
Strength in flesh made weak.
"Homo Factus Est" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
I think not a lion,
Though his strength is such;
But an innocent loving lamb
May have done as much.
"Bird Or Beast?" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
You don't survive in me
because of memories;
nor are you mine because
of a lovely longing's strength.
"Interior Portrait" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Such fond superfluousness of strength
In wall and wood
As his half-wise, half-fearful eye
Deemed only good.
"Home For Love" by John Freeman
Earth has waited for them,
All the time of their growth
Fretting for their decay:
Now she has them at last!
In the strength of their strength
Suspended—stopped and held.
"Dead Man's Dump" by Isaac Rosenberg

In news:

You can buy them in various magnifying strengths and the coated polycarbonate lenses are durable, well-made and don't have any of those little imperfections of cheaper lenses.
'The Strength of a Black Woman is Empowering'.
Idaho Dance Theatre moves with unified strength, athletic quality.
Post-op recovery is the key to regaining strength and restarting training.
Jonathon Gruenke / Kalamazoo Gazette Deogratias Niyizonkiza, the subject of "The Strength in What Remains," the Kalamazoo Reading Together selection, speaks Monday at Kalamazoo College.
Seahawks' strength and conditioning coach wants players to buy into his program.
And not-so-big -- men tested their strength during Saturday's games.
On the other hand, it's possible the series could succeed on the strength of its themes.
According to a letter on troop strength signed by Sgt Maj.
High Strength, One Component Epoxy .
I went to an art opening on Friday, and the main thing that struck me wasn't the strength of the art but the common-sense innovation with which it was presented — a friend of the artist lent his home to stand in for a gallery space.
The estuaries allow young threatened or endangered salmon and steelhead to gain strength as they head out to the ocean.
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength criticized the news media last week for exaggerating the shooting at downtown's First Friday celebration July 6 that wounded six.
Each of the students was nominated by his or her teacher to compete due to exceptional strength in a specific subject.
But many people my age admit they don't have the patience (or strength) to look after those children for long periods.

In science:

Data are averaged over 1000 samples for each perturbation strength δ with fixed system size L = 105 and the disorder strength is fixed at hr = 0.05.
Low Temperature Properties of the Random Field Potts Chain
We find that there are two phases in the model we are considering, controlled by the ratio of the strength of nearestneighbor and next-nearest neighbor interactions and the strength of bond randomness.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
The transition from one phase to another is controlled by the strength of bond disorder α and the strength of n.n.n. bonds Λ.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
In both cases α denotes the strength of the bond randomness and Λ represents the strength of the next-nearest-neighbor interactions.
Random Antiferromagnetic Spin-1/2 Chains with Competing Interactions
The strength of the random potential is taken to a fraction of the strength of the confinement potential V = 0.25ω .
Bose-Einstein condensate of two-dimensional excitons in a ring: Necklace-like modulation of order parameter