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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the WebNotre Dame’s biggest strength is on the offensive line, where the Irish are top 10 nationally in Football Outsiders’ Offensive Line Yards metric.
Tanner Mcgrath, Chicago Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 McCarthy believes the strength of this year’s team is its overall athleticism.
Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 The monthly chart below tells us that the stock is not over extended and that relative strength is at new all-time high.
Bill Sarubbi, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 In this respect, Tulsa King is broad and bland and very much written by people whose primary strength is not in comedy (not to take anything away from Winter’s early work on Sister, Sister).
Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Nov. 2022 The strength of the North Texas defense is in its linebacker corps, home to the Mean Green’s top 3 tackle leaders on the team.
Evan Dudley, al, 10 Nov. 2022 The storm’s strength was unusual, with Nicole becoming the first hurricane to strike the United States in November in nearly 40 years.
Jackie Wattles, CNN, 10 Nov. 2022 Bickerstaff reiterated the organizational credo: The strength of the team is the team.
Chris Fedor, cleveland, 5 Nov. 2022 To his mind, Israel’s strength is what has earned the country regional respectability: its ability to defend itself, its economy.
Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2022 See More
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Middle English strengthe, from Old English strengthu; akin to Old High German strengi strong — more at strong
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
The first known use of strength was
before the 12th century