n 1: a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent
Caesar a force of six thousand men" [syn: military unit
2: one possessing or exercising power or influence or
authority: "the mysterious presence of an evil power";
"may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil" [syn: power
3: the physical influence that produces a change in a physical
quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"
4: group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is
necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
5: a powerful effect or influence: "the force of his eloquence
easily persuaded them"
6: an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists);
"he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot
do by force and violence in the short one" [syn: violence
7: 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" [syn: forcefulness
8: a group of people having the power of effective action; "he
joined forces with a band of adventurers"
9: (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in
effect" [syn: effect
v 1: to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical,
moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a
job in the city" [syn: coerce
2: urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate
3: move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner" [syn: push
4: impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably;
"She forced her diet fads on him" [syn: thrust
5: squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself
into the corner" [syn: wedge
6: force into or from an action or state, either physically or
metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus"; "He
drives me mad" [syn: drive
7: do forcibly; exert force; "Don't force it!"
8: cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon";
"pull a sled" [syn: pull
] [ant: push
9: take by force; "Storm the fort" [syn: storm