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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Recent Examples on the Web With Paschal finally close to full strength at 274 pounds this spring, coaches could get their best 11 players on the field by moving him to one of the open defensive line spots. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Former Moore star J.J. Weaver was poised for big spring for UK before coronavirus shutdown," 26 Mar. 2020 But a new study of the current’s strength over the past half-million years suggests global warming may not shut down the current any time soon, as some scientists fear. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Ancient warming threw this crucial Atlantic current into chaos. It could happen again," 26 Mar. 2020 The app offers up HIIT, functional strength, Pilates and yoga workouts, as well as an outstanding collection of recipes from top chefs. Melinda Fulmer, Los Angeles Times, "10 ways to work out at home while you’re stuck inside," 26 Mar. 2020 Now, the city’s office market is facing the most uncertainty in more than a decade, although strength in the tech sector could help a recovery, according to experts. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s soaring office market was slowing down. Then the coronavirus hit," 25 Mar. 2020 Together, these forces represented the entirety of Japan’s remaining naval strength. Haomiao Huang, Ars Technica, "How computational power—or its absence—shaped World War naval battles," 25 Mar. 2020 In the short term, McCasland said recruits can take virtual tours, and the current team can connect with video training and physical challenges sent from the strength staff. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "For two regular-season championship coaches, two different perspectives on robbed March Madness dreams," 24 Mar. 2020 Needs to add upper body strength and be more physical with initial punch. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football and the recruiting battle for 4-star offensive tackle J.C. Latham," 24 Mar. 2020 The app contains lots of different styles of workouts, including yoga, meditation, outdoor runs, spin, strength, stretch workouts. Brittany Loggins, NBC News, "Social distancing can't hold you back: 11 top-notch fitness companies offering FREE workouts," 23 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'strength.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of strength was before the 12th century

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29 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Strength.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strength. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for strength

strength

noun
How to pronounce strength (audio) How to pronounce strength (audio)

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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