n. In general, strength, physical or mental, material or spiritual; active power; vigor; might.n. Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; coercion; violence; especially, violence to person or property.n. Moral power to convince the mind; power to act as a motive or a reason; convincing power: as, the force of an argument.n. Power to bind or hold, as of a law, agreement, or contract.n. Value; significance; meaning; import: as, I do not see the force of your remark.n. Weight; matter; importance; consequence. Compare no force, below.n. A union of individuals and means for a common purpose; a body of persons prepared for joint action of any kind; especially, a military organization; an army or navy, or any distinct military aggregation: as, a force of workmen; a police force; the military and naval forces of a country; the party rallied its forces for the election.n. In physics: Strictly, the immediate cause of a change in the velocity or direction of motion of a body; a component acceleration, due to a special cause, paired with the mass of the moving body; a directed or vector quantity of the dimensions of a mass multiplied by an acceleration or rate of change of a velocity, this quantity representing the instantaneous effect of any definite cause affecting the motion of a body.n. Loosely— Any mechanical cause or element.n. Some influence or agency conceived of as analogous to physical forces: as, vital forces; social forces; economic forces; developmental forces.n. In billiards, a stroke on the cue-ba11 somewhat below the center, causing it to recoil after striking the object-ball.n. The upper die in a stamping-press.n. In an erroneous use, a repulsive force causing a revolving body to fly away from the center of revolution. Writers on attractions sometimes so use the word.n. A fictitious force repelling every particle of the earth from the axis by an amount equal to the centrifugal force in sense . With this hypothesis, and supposing the earth not to rotate, the statical effects are the same as in the actual case; but the dynamical effects are different.n. As used by many high authorities, the reaction of a moving body against the force which makes it move in a curved path. In this sense it is a real force. It does not, however, act upon the moving body, but upon the deflecting body; and, far from giving the former a tendency to fly away from the center, it is but an aspect of that stress which holds it to the curved trajectory. The centrifugal force in sense may be regarded as that in sense transferred from the deflecting to the deflected bodies.n. A bill for the protection of political and civil rights in the South. It became a law May 31st, 1870.n. A bill similar to , but of still more stringent character, enacted April 20th, 1871.n. See motive, a.To act effectively upon by force, physical, mental, or moral, in any manner; impel by force; compel; constrain.To overcome or overthrow by force; accomplish one's purpose upon or in regard to by force or compulsion; compel to succumb, give way, or yield.To effect by effort or a special or unusual application of force; bring about or promote by some artificial means: as, to force the passage of a river against an enemy; to force a jest.To cause to grow, develop, or mature under unnaturally stimulating or favorable conditions. To impose or impress by force; compel the acceptance or endurance of: with on or upon: as, to force one's company or views on another; to force conviction on the mind.To furnish with a force; man; garrison.To put in force; make binding; enforce.In card-playing: In whist, to compel (a player) to trump a trick by leading a card of a suit of which he has none, which trick otherwise would be taken by an opponent: as, to force one's partner.To compel (a person) to play so as to make known the strength of his hand.To attach force or importance to; have regard to; care for.In Roman law, one obliged to accept a succession, however involved the estate might be.Hence — To compel one to disclose his intentions, plans, or resources.Synonyms and To oblige, necessitate, coerce.To use force or violence; make violent effort; strive; endeavor.To be of force or importance; be of significance or consequence.To care; hesitate; scruple.To stuff; farce.n. A waterfall.To clip or shear, as the beard or wool. In particularTo clip off the upper and more hairy part of (wool), for export: a practice forbidden by stat.n.