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counterforce

noun coun·ter·force \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌfȯrs \
variants: or counter-force

Definition of counterforce

plural counterforces or counter-forces
: a force that opposes another force
  • The hands grip a series of holds or shuffle along an edge, while the feet provide a counterforce by pushing against the rock …
  • —Don Graydon
  • Everywhere, we are witnessing an almost mad race between resurgent nationalism, ethnic hatreds and the counter-force of potential prosperity and free exchange.
  • —George Steiner
  • Hideki Yukawa's theory suggested that by exchanging a particle with a particular mass, one could create a strong attractive counterforce that would bind protons to protons, protons to neutrons, and neutrons to neutrons.
  • —Leon Lederman et al.

First Known Use of counterforce

1609

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counterforce

adjective
variants: or counter-force

Definition of counterforce

: being or relating to military activity that is focused on reducing the fighting capability of the opponent's forces (as by destroying military bases or weapons) while attempting to minimize civilian casualties
  • Targeting military facilities … is a counterforce strategy, aimed at destruction of an opponent's armed forces.
  • —Richard Wolfson
— compare countervalue

First Known Use of counterforce

1955

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