strength

noun
\ ˈstreŋ(k)th How to pronounce strength (audio) , ˈstren(t)th How to pronounce strength (audio) \
plural strengths\ ˈstreŋ(k)ths How to pronounce strengths (audio) , ˈstren(t)ths , ˈstreŋks \

Definition of strength

1 : the quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance
2 : power to resist force : solidity, toughness
3 : power of resisting attack : impregnability
4a : legal, logical, or moral force
b : a strong attribute or inherent asset the strengths and the weaknesses of the book are evident
5a : degree of potency of effect or of concentration chili peppers in varying strengths
b : intensity of light, color, sound, or odor
c : vigor of expression
6 : force as measured in numbers : effective numbers of any body or organization an army at full strength
7 : one regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness : support you are my love and my strength
8 : maintenance of or a rising tendency in a price level : firmness of prices the strength of the dollar
9 : basis used in the phrase on the strength of
from strength to strength
: vigorously forward : from one high point to the next

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Choose the Right Synonym for strength

power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort. power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon. the awesome power of flowing water force implies the actual effective exercise of power. used enough force to push the door open energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work. a worker with boundless energy strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack. use weight training to build your strength might implies great or overwhelming power or strength. the belief that might makes right

Examples of strength in a Sentence

I was impressed by his strength. She's doing exercises to build up the strength in her legs. Don't work too hard. You need to conserve your strength for tomorrow. Pull-ups increase upper body strength. Working on a farm requires a lot of physical strength. the strength and durability of the material I pray that I'll have the strength to do what I have to do. His determination shows real strength of character. Her inner strength is an inspiration to us all.
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Herbert has all of the physical tools—prototypical size (6-6, 233), outstanding arm strength and plus mobility—and intangibles to develop into a franchise quarterback with more consistent play. Kevin Hanson, SI.com, "2020 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Jerry Jeudy in the Top Three," 11 Sep. 2019 The noises are believed to be both a warning (like a rattlesnake’s rattle) and an indicator of a crab’s size and strength. David Shultz, Science | AAAS, "Listen to a ghost crab frighten away enemies—with its stomach rumbles," 10 Sep. 2019 In the title role, Yael Reich captures Eva’s strength and determination with brassy vocals and fire in her eyes. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Dancing electrifies by-the-book ‘Evita’ | Review," 10 Sep. 2019 Some nursing homes and assisted living facilities saw the size and strength of the hurricane and chose to evacuate to sister or partner facilities. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida’s seniors left vulnerable to hurricanes because of extensions to generator rules and lack of enforcement," 9 Sep. 2019 The Aston Martin Valkyrie, Koenigsegg Jesko, Lotus Evija, Mercedes-Benz Project One, and Pininfarina Battista, among others, all use electric motors to help boost them to ever-higher (at least in theory) feats of speed and strength. Hannah Elliottbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Have we hit peak supercar?," 9 Sep. 2019 There are the demands for strength and speed and stamina, the hours bathed in sweat, the knowledge that your opponent wants to wipe the mat with you. NBC News, "The Kids Are Alright: Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI," 6 Sep. 2019 UConn’s new defensive strength and confidence will receive a considerable test Saturday, when the Huskies face Illinois at Rentschler Field. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "UConn defensive players feel optimism after improved showing against Wagner," 6 Sep. 2019 The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder from Oceanside (San Diego County) praised the coaches and strength and conditioning staff. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Meet Cal’s new star running back," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of strength

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for strength

Middle English strengthe, from Old English strengthu; akin to Old High German strengi strong — more at strong

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strength

noun

English Language Learners Definition of strength

: the quality or state of being physically strong
: the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force
: the quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way

strength

noun
\ ˈstreŋth How to pronounce strength (audio) \

Kids Definition of strength

1 : the quality or state of being physically strong He pushed the rock with all his strength.
2 : power to resist force the strength of a rope
3 : ability to produce an effect maximum strength cough syrup
4 : degree of intensity … the full strength of the thunderstorm erupted.— Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising
5 : power as measured in numbers The army is at full strength.
6 : a strong or positive quality What do you think are your strengths and weaknesses?
7 : the inner courage or determination that allows a person to face and deal with difficulties

strength

noun
\ ˈstreŋ(k)th How to pronounce strength (audio) , ˈstren(t)th How to pronounce strength (audio) \
plural strengths\ ˈstreŋ(k)ths, ˈstren(t)ths, ˈstreŋks How to pronounce strengths (audio) \

Medical Definition of strength

1 : the quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance
2 : degree of potency of effect or of concentration
3 : degree of ionization of a solution used of acids and bases

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