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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South Carolina was about to test the strength of the government. Henry W. (henry Washington) Hilliard, Harper's magazine, "The Precipice of Disunion," 16 Sep. 2019 And given the top-to-bottom strength of this league — a few exceptions aside — the only forthcoming respite might be a pair of bye weeks. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Longhorns’ road back to Big 12 title game begins this week," 16 Sep. 2019 That’s a serious danger to the strength of a young democracy. Ayelet Gundar-goshen, Time, "Netanyahu's Dangerous Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against HBO Show 'Our Boys'," 16 Sep. 2019 With the strength of his offense at receiver and his backfield not consistently producing, Sarkisian has continued to explore alternate ways of moving the ball on early downs. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Nick Saban: Alabama must be more balanced on offense despite huge passing stats," 15 Sep. 2019 The strength to the 49ers’ is their defensive line. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals should be able to capture first win of the season on Sunday," 14 Sep. 2019 Think of these as environmental triggers like a person's financial health, the strength and quality of their relationships, housing situation, and work experiences. Madeleine Burry, Health.com, "Why Do People Kill Themselves? These 5 Factors Help Explain It," 12 Sep. 2019 Run line: Get better value on Boston at a ripe +115 to cover the -1.5 runs and win by two or more behind the strength of a much better offense. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays odds, picks and betting tips," 11 Sep. 2019 But to have 53 passes or pass-options in 65 plays, as the Bears did in a one-possession game Thursday, is not playing to the strength of the roster. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "What’s the formula for a Bears rebound against the Broncos in Week 2 — and for the rest of the season?," 10 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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