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Dictionary definition for: Force

1. (v) to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city" "He squeezed her for information"

2. (n) a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"

3. (v) urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

4. (n) 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"

5. (v) move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

6. (n) (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity; "force equals mass times acceleration"

7. (v) impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably; "She forced her diet fads on him"

8. (n) group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"

9. (v) squeeze like a wedge into a tight space; "I squeezed myself into the corner"

10. (n) a powerful effect or influence; "the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"

11. (n) 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"

12. (v) force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically; "She rammed her mind into focus" "He drives me mad"

13. (v) do forcibly; exert force; "Don''t force it!"

14. (n) 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"

15. (n) a group of people having the power of effective action; "he joined forces with a band of adventurers"

16. (v) cause to move along the ground by pulling; "draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

17. (v) take by force; "Storm the fort"

18. (n) (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in effect"

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