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

12. (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"

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

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

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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