• WordNet 3.6
    • adj strong strong and sure "a firm grasp","gave a strong pull on the rope"
    • adj strong freshly made or left "a warm trail","the scent is warm"
    • adj strong being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content "hard liquor"
    • adj strong not faint or feeble "a strong odor of burning rubber"
    • adj strong having a strong physiological or chemical effect "a potent toxin","potent liquor","a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"
    • adj strong having or wielding force or authority "providing the ground soldier with increasingly potent weapons"
    • adj strong of verbs not having standard (or regular) inflection "`sing' is a strong verb"
    • adj strong of good quality and condition; solidly built "a solid foundation","several substantial timber buildings"
    • adj strong having strength or power greater than average or expected "a strong radio signal","strong medicine","a strong man"
    • adj strong immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with "an impregnable fortress","fortifications that made the frontier inviolable","a secure telephone connection"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Views of Old Colony Strong Plow, about 1732 Views of Old Colony Strong Plow, about 1732

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: General Robert E. Lee was not a slaveholder and never believed in slavery. He never believed in secession from the United States and strongly condemned it. He decided to lead the armies of the South because he wanted nothing to happen to his beloved Virginia.
    • Strong Adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; striking or superior of the kind; powerful; forcible; cogent; as, a strong argument; strong reasons; strong evidence; a strong example; strong language.
    • Strong Affecting any sense powerfully; as, strong light, colors, etc.; a strong flavor of onions; a strong scent.
    • Strong (Gram) Applied to forms in Anglo-Saxon, etc., which retain the old declensional endings. In the Teutonic languages the vowel stems have held the original endings most firmly, and are called strong; the stems in -n are called weak other constant stems conform, or are irregular.
    • Strong Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as, a strong partisan; a strong Whig or Tory. "Her mother, ever strong against that match."
    • Strong Full of spirit; containing a large proportion of alcohol; intoxicating; as, strong liquors.
    • Strong Having active physical power, or great physical power to act; having a power of exerting great bodily force; vigorous. "That our oxen may be strong to labor.""Orses the strong to greater strength must yield."
    • Strong Having great force, vigor, power, or the like, as the mind, intellect, or any faculty; as, a man of a strong mind, memory, judgment, or imagination. "I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism."
    • Strong Having great military or naval force; powerful; as, a strong army or fleet; a nation strong at sea.
    • Strong Having great wealth, means, or resources; as, a strong house, or company of merchants.
    • Strong Having passive physical power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; hale; sound; robust; as, a strong constitution; strong health.
    • Strong Having virtues of great efficacy; or, having a particular quality in a great degree; as, a strong powder or tincture; a strong decoction; strong tea or coffee.
    • Strong Moving with rapidity or force; violent; forcible; impetuous; as, a strong current of water or wind; the wind was strong from the northeast; a strong tide.
    • Strong (Gram) Pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit (imperfect) by a variation in the root vowel, and the past participle (usually) by the addition of -enwith or without a change of the root vowel); as in the verbs strive strove striven; break broke broken; drink drank drunk. Opposed to weak, or regular. See Weak.
    • Strong Reaching a certain degree or limit in respect to strength or numbers; as, an army ten thousand strong .
    • Strong Solid; nourishing; as, strong meat.
    • Strong Solid; tough; not easily broken or injured; able to withstand violence; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as, a strong beam; a strong rock; a strong fortress or town.
    • Strong (Stock Exchange) Tending to higher prices; rising; as, a strong market.
    • Strong Vigorous; effective; forcible; powerful. "Like her sweet voice is thy harmonious song,
      As high, as sweet, as easy, and as strong ."
    • Strong Violent; vehement; earnest; ardent. "He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears."
    • Strong Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered; as, a strong custom; a strong belief.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Human thighbones are as strong as concrete.
    • strong Possessing, exerting, or imparting force or energy, physical or moral, in a general sense; powerful; forcible; effective; capable; able to do or to suffer.
    • strong Having vital force or capability; able to act effectively; endued with physical vigor; used absolutely, physically powerful; robust; muscular: as, a strong body; a strong hand or arm.
    • strong Having means for exerting or resisting force; provided with adequate instrumentalities; powerful in resources or in constituent parts: as, a strong king or kingdom; a strong army; a strong corporation or mercantile house.
    • strong Having or consisting of a large number, absolutely or relatively; numerically forcible or well provided: usually implying also some special element of strength in some or all of the units composing the number: as, a strong detachment of troops; a strong political party.
    • strong Of specified numerical force; having so many constituent members: applied to armies, and sometimes to other bodies of men, or to animals.
    • strong Exerting or capable of characteristic force; powerful in the kind or mode of action implied; specifically, forceful or efficient: as, a strong painter or actor; a strong voice; strong eyes.
    • strong Vigorous in exercise or operation; acting in a firm or determined manner; not feeble or vacillating: used of the mind or any of its faculties: as, a strong-minded person; a strong intellect, memory, judgment, etc.
    • strong Possessing moral or mental force; firm in character, knowledge, conviction, influence, or the like; not easily turned, resisted, or refuted: as, a strong candidate; a strong reasoner.
    • strong Marked by force or vigor of performance; done, executed, produced, or uttered energetically; effected by earnest action or effort; strenuous; stressful; urgent.
    • strong Marked by force of action or movement; vigorously impelled or sent forth; impetuous; violent; vehement: as, a strong wind; strong tides; strong breathing.
    • strong Firm in substance or texture; capable of resisting physical force; not weak; not easily broken, rent, or destroyed: said of material things.
    • strong Solid.
    • strong Firmly fixed or constituted; having inherent force or validity; hard to affect or overcome; sound; stable; settled: as, a strong constitution or organization (of body, mind, government, etc.); strong arguments, reasons, or evidence; to take a strong hold, or get a strong advantage; a strong project.
    • strong Vigorous or extreme in kind; specifically, distinct or exceptional; bold; striking; effective; forceful; conspicuous: as, strong invectives; a strong attraction.
    • strong Intense or thorough in quality; having a high degree of the proper specific character; not mild, weak, dull, insipid, or ineffective: as, strong drink; strong tea; a strong infusion; strong lights and shadows; a strong color.
    • strong Intense or intensified in degree; existing in great amount or force; forcibly impressive to feeling or sensation: used of either active or passive qualities: as, strong love or devotion; a strong flavor or scent.
    • strong Forcibly offensive in quality; repellent to sense or sensation; ill-tasting or ill-smelling; rank; rancid; tainted.
    • strong In com., specifically, firm; favorable to gain; steadily good or advancing; active; profitable: as, a strong market; strong prices; to do a strong business.
    • strong In grammar, inflected— as a verb, by a change of the radical vowel instead of by regular syllabic addition: opposed to weak: thus, find (found), speak (spake or spoke, spoken), strike (struck, stricken), and swim (swam, swum) are strong verbs
    • strong as a noun or an adjective, with fuller retention of older case-distinctions: thus, German Buch is called of strong declension, and Held of weak. Strong and weak are purely fanciful terms, introduced by J. Grimm; they belong properly to Germanic words alone, but are occasionally applied to similar phenomena in other languages also.
    • strong In photography, same as dense, 3.
    • strong Aqua fortis, or some other strong biting acid.
    • strong Synonyms Sturdy, Stout, etc. (see robust); hardy, sinewy.
    • strong Potent.
    • strong Tenacious, tough.
    • strong Impregnable.
    • strong Vivid.
    • strong Pungent, sharp.
    • strong Strongly; very; exceedingly.
    • strong An obsolete past participle of string.
    • strong Tenacious, so that the particles when compressed separate with difficulty: used of molding-sand containing a large proportion of alumina or clay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stars with really strong gravity cause themselves to become smaller and smaller and eventually turn into black holes.
    • adj Strong strong firm: having physical power: hale, healthy: able to endure: solid: well fortified: having wealth or resources: moving with rapidity: impetuous: earnest: having great vigour, as the mind: forcible: energetic, determined, positive: affecting the senses, as smell and taste, forcibly offensive or intense in quality, pungent: loud, stentorian: hard, indigestible: having a quality in a great degree: intoxicating, rich in alcohol: bright: intense: well established, firm, steadily going upward without fluctuation:
    • adj Strong strong (gram.) inflecting by a change of radical vowel instead of by syllabic addition
    • ***


  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Know how sublime a thing it is to suffer and be strong.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “A strong foe is better than a weak friend.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Kindness and honesty can be expected only from the strong.”
  • Sophocles
    “In a just cause the weak will beat the strong.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “He who has a strong enough why can bear almost any how.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “The strong man is strongest when alone.”


Strong as an ox - Someone who's exceedingly strong physically is said to be as strong as an ox.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. strang, strong,; akin to D. & G. streng, strict, rigorous, OHG. strengi, strong, brave, harsh, Icel. strangr, strong, severe, Dan. streng, Sw. sträng, strict, severe. Cf. Strength Stretch String
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. strang, strong; Ice. strangr, Ger. streng, tight.


In literature:

It is easily propagated by division of strong healthy roots in autumn.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
And she knew immediately that he had conceived a strong liking for her mother.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
The whistle of the Hannah blew for the Tatlah Cache landing while Strong and Elliot were talking.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
This is Cornet Fergus Drummond, a cousin of my own, and whom I recommend strongly to you.
"With Frederick the Great" by G. A. Henty
They were living too strongly to be watchful.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Instead of procuring strong animals, and paying a fair price for them; they buy animals that are not fit to do one good day's march.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
He makes the weak strong, and prevents the strong from crushing the weak.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
This being an admitted fact, woman, and especially youthful woman, is laid under strong obligations and exposed to great temptations.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Strong returned to his chair and sat down.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
She's no' so strong as the rest of us; and she suffers much from the shock.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson

In poetry:

In thee we’re strong,
freed from old ways.
Thou alone rulest
here, today.
"In The Woods" by Eberhard Arnold
Oh, strong is the flesh
To cure and defend:
’Tis but the stopt heart
That Time cannot mend.
"Flesh" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
Who were so strong and young
And brave and wise,
And on the dark are flung
With darkened eyes;
"Slain" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
He who has no hands
Perforce must use his tongue;
Foxes are so cunning
Because they are not strong.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
No man dare go alone
In the dim great forest,
But if I were as strong
As the green tiger
I would go.
"Misadventure" by Edward Powys Mathers
Oh come, come along, and join in our song,
And march wi' our lads, along an' along;
He's waiting us there where heather grows fair,
And the clans they are gath'ring strong and strong.
"Gathering Song" by Carolina Oliphant

In news:

Stephen and his wife Isabella say they have strong military ties.
L' Anse continues strong start in football.
Helping the big get bigger, the strong get stronger.
As I mentioned last week, the wind on Oct 14 was really, really strong and we have a casualty at Heritage Farm.
This guy is making a pretty strong bid.
The coffee is good and strong, too.
Strong winds played mayhem for fire crews in Wadsworth Wednesday.
NATO, Afghanistan assure strong relations after attack.
Strong sounds beholding to Louisville.
I strongly support the Photo ID Amendment.
Stronge treble and midrange clarity.
Big Leg Emma's new album starts strong and doesn't let off the gas.
Countrywide, the nation's largest and recently most-embattled mortgage lender, announced it was laying off as many as 12,000 people today, roughly one-fifth of its 61,000-strong workforce.
Stocks soar on surprisingly strong July job report.
Strong Q2 earnings for the online jeweler lead to a 33% stock price jump.

In science:

These nets are characterized by strong correlations, including, often, strong clustering.
How to generate a random growing network
Using the Kaplansky Density Theorem, Theorem 2.3.3 of , and the fact that the strong operator topology is metrizable on bounded sets when the predual is separable, find bounded sequences (an ) and (bn ) in Asa such that an → a and bn → b in the strong operator topology.
A simple separable C*-algebra not isomorphic to its opposite algebra
This notion, defined on cdga’s, can be extended (as we did above for strongly smooth morphisms) to morphisms between strongly geometric D-stacks.
From HAG to DAG: derived moduli spaces
Let X , Y ∈ B . X is said to be strongly finitely representable in Y ; shortly: X <φ Y , if H (X ) ⊆ H (Y ). X, Y ∈ B are said to be strongly finitely equivalent; in symbol: X ≈φ Y , if H (X ) = H (Y ).
Classification of Banach Spaces --its Topological and Cardinality Properties
Strong inhomogeneous fluctuations can be connected with large differences of the partial conductivities as well as with strong irregularities of these phases.
On universality of conductivity of planar random self-dual systems