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Usage statistics for the noun force:

spoken English21.51%written English78.49% imaginative writing23.11%informational writing76.89%

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Force is sometimes a misspelling of forcibly.

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Definition of the noun force

What does force mean as a name of something?

Force is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • force: forces
  • Force: Forces

  1. a powerful effect or influence
    • example: the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: influence = a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
    • more specific words:
      • pressure = a force that compels
      • duress = compulsory force or threat
      • heartbeat = an animating or vital unifying force
      • lifeblood = an essential or life-giving force
      • wheel = forces that provide energy and direction
  2. (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
  3. physical energy or intensity
  4. group of people willing to obey orders
  5. a unit that is part of some military service
  6. an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists)
    • example: he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of force: violence
    • more generic words: aggression / hostility = violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
    • more specific terms:
      • domestic violence = violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partner or other members of a household
      • road rage = violence exhibited by drivers in traffic
      • public violence / riot = a public act of violence by an unruly mob
  7. one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
    • examples: may the force be with you | the forces of evil
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of force: power
    • more generic terms: causal agency / causal agent / cause = any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
    • more specific words:
      • steamroller / juggernaut = a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
      • influence = one having power to influence another
      • Moloch = a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice
  8. a group of people having the power of effective action
    • example: he joined forces with a band of adventurers
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic term: social group = people sharing some social relation
  9. (of a law) having legal validity
  10. 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

Alternative definition of the noun force


  1. [countable] Anything that is able to make a big change in a person or thing.
  2. [countable, physics] A physical quantity that denotes ability to push, pull, twist or accelerate a body which is measured in a unit dimensioned in mass × distance/time² (ML/T²): SI: newton (N); CGS: dyne (dyn)
  3. [countable] A group that aims to attack, control, or constrain.
  4. [uncountable] The ability to attack, control, or constrain.
  5. [countable] A magic trick in which the outcome is known to the magician beforehand, especially one involving the apparent free choice of a card by another person.
  6. [legal] Legal validity.
  7. [legal] Either unlawful violence, as in a "'forced entry'", or lawful compulsion.
  8. [countable, Northern England] A waterfall or cascade

proper noun

  1. [Northern England] Falls. [used in place names.]

Specialised definition of the noun force

Glossary of sports

an action, push or pull, that causes a change in the state of motion of an object an its linear acceleration. Force is measured in newtons (N). (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

fundamental term of physics, a directed physical quantity (a vector), which represents the cause of changes in movement (accelerations) or form (deformation) of an object (also of the human body). Force is defined as the product of mass and acceleration. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Definition of the verb force

What does force mean as a doing word?

Force is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: forced | forcing | forces

  1. to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
  2. urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
  3. move with force
  4. impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
    • example: She forced her diet fads on him
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of force: thrust
    • more generic words: compel / obligate / oblige = force somebody to do something
    • more specific words: stick / sting = saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
  5. squeeze like a wedge into a tight space
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of force: squeeze / wedge
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific terms:
  6. force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of force: drive / ram
    • more generic word: thrust = push forcefully
    • more specific words: toenail / toe = drive obliquely
  7. do forcibly; exert force
    • example: Don't force it!
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific word: pull = apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
  8. take by force
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of force: storm
    • more generic words: penetrate / perforate = pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance


  1. "Force" is a 2011 Bollywood action thriller film directed by Nishikanth Kamath, starring John Abraham opposite Genelia D'Souza in lead roles. It is a remake of Gautham Menon's successful 2003 Tamil film, Kaakha Kaakha Starring Suriya and Jyothika in lead and is about a dutiful cop who chases the capture of a dreaded gangster. The film released on 30 September 2011, and received mostly positive reviews upon release, and was a commercial hit at the box office.John abraham's performance was also praised by public and critics.
  2. "Force" is an action-pack Bengali film directed by Raja Chanda and produced under the banners of Essel Vision Productions and NIdeas Creations & Productions Pvt Ltd.The film features actors Prosenjit Chatterjee and Arpita Pal in the lead roles.
    • country: India
    • language: Bengali Language
    • genres: Action Film, Bengali Cinema, World cinema
    • released in
  3. "Force" a.k.a. "Lal Ronger Duniya" is a Bengali Movie was released in 2008. Directed by Nilanjan Bhattacharya, the movie featured Debashree Roy, Locket Chatterjee, Rajesh Sharma. This movie is Nilanjan Bhattacharya's directorial début.

Phrases with Force

Phrases starting with the word Force:

  1. force 17
  2. force out
  3. force-fed
  4. force-out
  5. force back
  6. force feed
  7. force play
  8. force pump
  9. force unit
  10. force-feed
  11. force-land

Phrases ending with the word Force:

  1. g-force
  2. in force
  3. to force
  4. air force
  5. Net force
  6. Four-force
  7. life force
  8. task force
  9. Task-Force

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Force

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Google previewThe New and Complete American Encyclopedia (1810)

Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; on an Improved Plan: in which the Respective Sciences are Arranged Into Complete Systems, and the Arts Digested Into Distinct Treatises; Also the Detached Parts of Knowledge Alphabetically Arranged and Copiously Explained, According to the Best Authorities

An IMPR ess E D Force is an action exerted upon a body, in order to change its state, either of rest, or of moving uniformly...

A cent Ripetal Force is that by which bodies are drawn, impelled, or any way tend towards a point, as to a centre.

Google previewDynamics for Engineers (1997)

by Bichara B. Muvdi, Amir W. Al-Khafaji, John W. McNabb

A force is the push or pull of one body on another through direct physical contact or through gravitational action.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica (1823)

Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature, Enlarged and Improved

An impressed force is an action exerted upon a body, in order to change its state, either of rest...

A centripetal force is that by whieh- bodies are t-awn, impelled, or any way tend towards a point, as ) a centre.

6- The absolute quantity of a centrifugal force is the easwe of the same, proportional to the efficacy of the cause that propagates it from the centre,

Google previewEssentials of Audiology (2009)

by Stanley A. Gelfand

Hence, force is that influence (conceptually a “push" or "pull") that causes a mass to be accelerated.

Google previewA Comprehensive System of Astronomy, Both Theoretic and Practical, with Extensive Tables of the Sun, Moon, and Planets (1828)

by Thomas Whiting

The Moving Force is the power of an agent to produce motion. And an Impressed Force is an action exerted on a body to change ...

Google previewNominalization in Asian Languages (2011)

Diachronic and Typological Perpsectives by Foong Ha Yap, Karen Grunow-Hårsta, Janick Wrona

Illocutionary force is the force associated with the speaker's intention in producing a sentence, independent of the...

Its sentential force is that of a command as well because syntactically, it is an imperative clause type (Potsdam 1998), which is ...

Google previewPantologia (1819)

A New Cabinet Cyclopaedia, Comprehending a Complete Series of Essays, Treatises, and Systems, Alphabetically Arranged...

An impressed force is an action exerted upon a body, in order to change its state, either of rest, or of moving uniformly forward in a...

A centripetal force is that by which bodies are drawn, inspelled, or any way tend towards a point, as to a centre.

Google previewEncyclopedia of US Air Force aircraft and missile systems

The Air Force considered that a variable-sweep wing and a forthcoming, improved turbo-fan engine would satisfy SOR 183. A reconnaissance version (six squadrons) of Weapon System 324A (expected to equip a minimum of six tactical ...

Google previewThe Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia (2000)

by Charles Taylor

Force Load A force is a push or a pull that causes an object to accelerate, slow down, or change shape. Forces can work in the same direction or against each other. The tension in stretched elastic, the pull of gravity on a raindrop, and the ...

Google previewHawkins' electrical dictionary (1910)

a cyclopedia of words, terms, phrases and data used in the electric arts, trades and sciences by Nehemiah Hawkins

Counter Electromotive Force. — An opposing electromotive force which resists the current in a circuit. It is an element to be often reckoned with in electrical work. In motors the rotation of the armature tends to set up a counter E. M. F. which ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry: Applications (2001)

by Nicholas D. Spencer, John H. Moore

flat surface compressed under normal force N is given by = 3/ ~4\ E, E2 where EI, E2 are the elastic moduli, and v\, vi are the Poisson numbers for the sphere and the surface. The friction force during shearing is proportional to the contact area; ...

Google previewDepartment of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (2011)

As Amended Through April 2010 by Barry Leonard

Service force module — A hypothetical force module built per Service doctrine composed of combat, combat support, and combat service support forces and sustainment for an estimated period, e.g., 30 days. service group — A major naval ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms and Acronyms (2011)

by Us Department Of Defense

Marine air-ground task force — The Marine Corps principal organization for all missions across the range of military operations, composed of forces task- organized under a single commander capable of responding rapidly to a contingency ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science - (2002)

by Arthur T. Hubbard

FORCE. MICROSCOPY. AND. COLLOID. INTERACTION. FORCES. Fig. 4 AFM image of a glass sphere partially embedded. Ian Larson Monash University, Parkville, Australia John Ralston Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South ...

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Usage statistics about force

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun force:

spoken English21.51%written English78.49% imaginative writing23.11%informational writing76.89%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun force:


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Sign language

Kenyan Sign Language: Force

Slightly curved Full Open Handshapes with palms facing out are positioned at either side of signing space. Hands move forward once in a strong motion.

Quotes about Force

Force against force equals more force.
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Scrabble value of F4O1R1C3E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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