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Definition 1: 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 - [noun denoting act]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the shortstop got the runner at second on a force

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) an out resulting from a fielding play (not a strikeout)

"the first baseman made 15 putouts"

(force belongs to category ...) a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

"he played baseball in high school" "there was a baseball game on every empty lot" "there was a desire for National League ball in the area" "play ball!"

Definition 2: an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked

(... is a kind of force ) violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partner or other members of a household

(... is a kind of force ) violence exhibited by drivers in traffic

(... is a kind of force ) a public act of violence by an unruly mob

Definition 3: physical energy or intensity - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) high level or degree; the property of being intense

(... is a kind of force ) main force of a blow etc

"bore the brunt of the attack"

(... is a kind of force ) an impelling force or strength

"the car's momentum carried it off the road"

(... is a kind of force ) forceful exertion

"he plays tennis with great energy" "he's full of zip"

Definition 4: a powerful effect or influence - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them

(force is a kind of ...) a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc

"used her parents' influence to get the job"

(... is a kind of force ) a force that compels

"the public brought pressure to bear on the government"

(... is a kind of force ) compulsory force or threat

"confessed under duress"

(... is a kind of force ) an animating or vital unifying force

"New York is the commercial heartbeat of America"

(... is a kind of force ) an essential or life-giving force

"water is the lifeblood of India"

(... is a kind of force ) forces that provide energy and direction

"the wheels of government began to turn"

Definition 5: (of a law) having legal validity - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the law is still in effect

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) the quality of having legal force or effectiveness

(force belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 6: group of people willing to obey orders - [noun denoting group]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) a group of people who work together

(... is a kind of force ) personnel having direct job performance responsibilities

(... is a kind of force ) personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task

"the hospital has an excellent nursing staff" "the general relied on his staff to make routine decisions"

(... is a kind of force ) the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)

"the strike was supported by the union rank and file" "he rose from the ranks to become a colonel"

(... is a kind of force ) soldiers collectively

(... is a kind of force ) a group that goes through a region at regular intervals for the purpose of security

(... is a kind of force ) the force of workers available

(... is a kind of force ) a military corps that enforces discipline and guards prisoners

(... is a kind of force ) a privately employed group hired to protect the security of a business or industry

(... is a kind of force ) the force of policemen and officers

"the law came looking for him"

(... is a kind of force ) a group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops)

(... is a kind of force ) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

(... is a kind of force ) a force that is a branch of the armed forces

(... is a kind of force ) an irregular armed force that fights by sabotage and harassment; often rural and organized in large groups

(... is a kind of force ) personnel having overall planning and direction responsibilities

Definition 7: a unit that is part of some military service - [noun denoting group]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) an organization regarded as part of a larger social group

"the coach said the offensive unit did a good job" "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"

(... is a kind of force ) a small military force that serves as a first line of defense; if they become engaged in hostilities it will trigger the intervention of stronger military forces

(... is a kind of force ) a body of troops arranged in a line

(... is a kind of force ) a body of troops in close array

(... is a kind of force ) formerly Iraq's elite military unit whose primary role was to protect the government in Baghdad

(... is a kind of force ) the clandestine military wing of the Jewish leadership during the British rule over the mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948; became the basis for the Israeli defense force

(... is a kind of force ) the ground and air and naval forces of Israel

(... is a kind of force ) civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army

(... is a kind of force ) an amphibious military unit trained for raids into enemy territory

(... is a kind of force ) a temporary military unit

"the peacekeeping force includes one British contingent"

(... is a kind of force ) (plural) a military unit consisting of a commander and the headquarters staff

(... is a kind of force ) the leading military unit in an attack

(... is a kind of force ) a large military unit

"the French Foreign Legion"

(... is a kind of force ) a military unit serving to protect some place or person

(... is a kind of force ) a military unit or region under the control of a single officer

(... is a kind of force ) an opposing military force

"the enemy attacked at dawn"

(... is a kind of force ) a temporary military unit formed to accomplish a particular objective

(... is a kind of force ) a military unit that is part of an army

(... is a kind of force ) a military unit that is part of a navy

(... is a kind of force ) a military unit that is part of the airforce

(... is a kind of force ) a military unit consisting of armored fighting vehicles

(... is a kind of force ) a military force of Muslim guerilla warriors engaged in a jihad

"some call the mujahidin international warriors but others just call them terrorists"

(force is a member of ...) someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force

"two men stood sentry duty"

(... is a member of force) a force that is a branch of the armed forces

(force belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 8: a group of people having the power of effective action - [noun denoting group]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he joined forces with a band of adventurers

(force is a kind of ...) people sharing some social relation

Definition 9: one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority - [noun denoting person]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the mysterious presence of an evil power
  • may the force be with you
  • the forces of evil

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

(... is a kind of force ) a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way

(... is a kind of force ) one having power to influence another

"she was the most important influence in my life" "he was a bad influence on the children"

(... is a kind of force ) a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice

"the great Moloch of war" "duty has become the Moloch of modern life"

Definition 10: (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • force equals mass times acceleration

(force is a kind of ...) a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy

(... is a kind of force ) (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms

(... is a kind of force ) a turning force produced by an object acting at a distance (or a measure of that force)

(... is a kind of force ) a propelling force

(... is a kind of force ) the force used in pulling

"the pull of the moon" "the pull of the current"

(... is a kind of force ) the force used in pushing

"the push of the water on the walls of the tank" "the thrust of the jet engines"

(... is a kind of force ) (mechanics) the equal and opposite force that is produced when any force is applied to a body

"every action has an equal and opposite reaction"

(... is a kind of force ) (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body

"the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"

(... is a kind of force ) a twisting force

(... is a kind of force ) the force that produces magnetic flux

(... is a kind of force ) the force experienced by a point charge moving along a wire that is in a magnetic field; the force is at right angles to both the current and the magnetic field

"the Lorentz force can be used to suspend a current-carrying object between two magnets"

(... is a kind of force ) a force that moves something along

(... is a kind of force ) forces acting on airfoils in motion relative to the air (or other gaseous fluids)

(... is a kind of force ) the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule

"basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk"

(... is a kind of force ) the force by which one object attracts another

(... is a kind of force ) the force by which bodies repel one another

(... is a kind of force ) the outward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body

(... is a kind of force ) the inward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body

(... is a kind of force ) (physics) the intermolecular force that holds together the molecules in a solid or liquid

(... is a kind of force ) (physics) a force due to the earth's rotation; acts on a body in motion (airplane or projectile) in a rotating reference frame; in a rotating frame of reference Newton's second law of motion can be made to apply if in addition to the real forces acting on a body a Coriolis force and a centrifugal force are introduced

(force belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 11: impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably - [verb of communication]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She forced her diet fads on him

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) force somebody to do something

"We compel all students to fill out this form"

(... is a kind of force ) saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous

"They stuck me with the dinner bill" "I was stung with a huge tax bill"

Definition 12: squeeze like a wedge into a tight space - [verb of contact]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I squeezed myself into the corner

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of force ) press or wedge together; pack together

(... is a kind of force ) make more compact by or as if by pressing

"compress the data"

Definition 13: force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically - [verb of contact]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She rammed her mind into focus
  • He drives me mad

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) push forcefully

"He thrust his chin forward"

(... is a kind of force ) drive obliquely

"toe a nail"

(force has a similar meaning as ...) compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment

"She finally drove him to change jobs"

(force has a similar meaning as ...) to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly

"She is driven by her passion"

Definition 14: take by force - [verb of contact]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Storm the fort

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

"The bullet penetrated her chest"

Definition 15: do forcibly; exert force - [verb of contact]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't force it!

(force is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(... is a kind of force ) apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

"Pull the rope" "Pull the handle towards you" "pull the string gently" "pull the trigger of the gun" "pull your knees towards your chin"

Definition 16: urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate - [verb of creation]

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally

"cause a commotion" "make a stir" "cause an accident"

Definition 17: move with force - [verb of motion]

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He pushed the table into a corner

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of force ) to push against gently

"She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant"

(... is a kind of force ) push out of the way

(... is a kind of force ) force one's way

"He muscled into the union"

(... is a kind of force ) push upward

(... is a kind of force ) push forcefully

"He thrust his chin forward"

(... is a kind of force ) urge forward

"drive the cows into the barn"

(... is a kind of force ) push down forcibly

"The driver jammed the brake pedal to the floor"

(... is a kind of force ) press or force

"Stuff money into an envelope" "She thrust the letter into his hand"

(... is a kind of force ) push to thrust outward

(... is a kind of force ) push or move with the nose

(... is a kind of force ) come into rough contact with while moving

"The passengers jostled each other in the overcrowded train"

(... is a kind of force ) throw or toss with a quick motion

"flick a piece of paper across the table" "jerk his head"

(... is a kind of force ) push roughly

"the people pushed and shoved to get in line"

(... is a kind of force ) cause to move back by force or influence

"repel the enemy" "push back the urge to smoke" "beat back the invaders"

(... is a kind of force ) make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby

"`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"

(... is a kind of force ) cause to topple or tumble by pushing

(force implies ...) move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

"He moved his hand slightly to the right"

(force implies ...) exert pressure or force to or upon

"He pressed down on the boards" "press your thumb on this spot"

(force has a similar meaning as ...) press against forcefully without moving

"she pushed against the wall with all her strength"

Samples where force or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She forced him to take a job in the city
  • He squeezed her for information

Synonyms for force in the sense of this definition

(force is a kind of ...) force somebody to do something

"We compel all students to fill out this form"

(... is a kind of force ) cause to undertake a certain action, usually used in the negative

"He could not bring himself to call his parents"

(... is a kind of force ) coerce by violence or with threats

(... is a kind of force ) compel by coercion, threats, or crude means

"They sandbagged him to make dinner for everyone"

(... is a kind of force ) squeeze someone for money, information, etc.

(... is a kind of force ) bring to a specified state by overwhelming force or pressure

"The Senator steamrollered the bill to defeat"

(... is a kind of force ) overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club

"The teacher bludgeoned the students into learning the math formulas"

(... is a kind of force ) to compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly

"She is driven by her passion"

(... is a kind of force ) apply great or increased pressure

"The Democrats turned up the heat on their candidate to concede the election"

(force causes ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

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