Definitions for: Strength


[n] the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"
[n] capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects; "the toxin's potency"; "the strength of the drinks"
[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"
[n] permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force; "they advertised the durability of their products"
[n] the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation); "he adjusted the intensity of the sound"; "they measured the station's signal strength"
[n] an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte"
[n] the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty; "the strength of his argument settled the matter"
[n] capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war; "we faced an army of great strength"; "politicians have neglected our military posture"
[n] the condition of financial success; "the strength of the company's stock in recent weeks"



Webster (1913) Definition: Strength, n. [OE. strengthe, AS. streng[eth]u, fr.
strang strong. See Strong.]
1. The quality or state of being strong; ability to do or to
bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether
physical, intellectual, or moral; force; vigor; power; as,
strength of body or of the arm; strength of mind, of
memory, or of judgment.

All his [Samson's] strength in his hairs were.
--Chaucer.

Thou must outlive Thy youth, thy strength, thy
beauty. --Milton.

2. Power to resist force; solidity or toughness; the quality
of bodies by which they endure the application of force
without breaking or yielding; -- in this sense opposed to
frangibility; as, the strength of a bone, of a beam, of
a wall, a rope, and the like. ``The brittle strength of
bones.'' --Milton.

3. Power of resisting attacks; impregnability. ``Our castle's
strength will laugh a siege to scorn.'' --Shak.

4. That quality which tends to secure results; effective
power in an institution or enactment; security; validity;
legal or moral force; logical conclusiveness; as, the
strength of social or legal obligations; the strength of
law; the strength of public opinion; strength of evidence;
strength of argument.

5. One who, or that which, is regarded as embodying or
affording force, strength, or firmness; that on which
confidence or reliance is based; support; security.

God is our refuge and strength. --Ps. xlvi. 1.

What they boded would be a mischief to us, you are
providing shall be one of our principal strengths.
--Sprat.

Certainly there is not a greater strength against
temptation. --Jer. Taylor.

6. Force as measured; amount, numbers, or power of any body,
as of an army, a navy, and the like; as, what is the
strength of the enemy by land, or by sea?

7. Vigor or style; force of expression; nervous diction; --
said of literary work.

And praise the easy vigor of a life Where Denham's
strength and Waller's sweetness join. --Pope.

8. Intensity; -- said of light or color.

Bright Ph[oe]bus in his strength. --Shak.

9. Intensity or degree of the distinguishing and essential
element; spirit; virtue; excellence; -- said of liquors,
solutions, etc.; as, the strength of wine or of acids.

10. A strong place; a stronghold. [Obs.] --Shak.

On, or Upon, the strength of, in reliance upon. ``The
allies, after a successful summer, are too apt, upon the
strength of it, to neglect their preparations for the
ensuing campaign.'' --Addison.

Syn: Force; robustness; toughness; hardness; stoutness;
brawniness; lustiness; firmness; puissance; support;
spirit; validity; authority. See Force.


Strength, v. t.
To strengthen. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Synonyms: durability, effectiveness, enduringness, force, forcefulness, forte, intensity level, lastingness, long suit, metier, military capability, military posture, military strength, persuasiveness, posture, potency, speciality, specialty, strong point, strong suit

Antonyms: unpersuasiveness, weak point, weakness, weakness

See Also: acoustic power, asset, brawn, brunt, candlepower, capability, capableness, changelessness, continuity, convincingness, endurance, energy, everlastingness, field intensity, field strength, firepower, firmness, good part, green fingers, green thumb, half-intensity, hardiness, huskiness, impulse, indestructibility, indomitability, intensity, intensiveness, invincibility, invulnerability, light intensity, lustiness, magnitude, might, mightiness, momentum, muscle, permanence, permanency, persistence, plus, power, powerfulness, property, prosperity, radio brightness, robustness, ruggedness, sea power, sinew, sound pressure level, soundness, stalwartness, stoutness, sturdiness, successfulness, tensile strength, threshold level, toughness, vigor, vigour

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