strong force


Definition of strong force

: a fundamental physical force that acts on hadrons and is responsible for the binding together of protons and neutrons in the atomic nucleus and for processes of particle creation in high-energy collisions and that is the strongest known fundamental physical force but acts only over distances comparable to those between nucleons in an atomic nucleus

called also strong interaction, strong nuclear force

— compare electromagnetism sense 2a, gravity sense 3a(2), weak force

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Since blueberries can’t withstand strong forces, gravity would turn them into mash, releasing air that previously separated them from their neighbors, shrinking the radius of the planet. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "What If the Earth Was Made Out of Blueberries?," 5 Aug. 2018 Kalbitz said the party hopes to become the strongest force there after state elections next year. Christoph Noelting, The Seattle Times, "German authorities take aim at far-right party’s youth wing," 4 Sep. 2018 In the vote, the AfD emerged as the third-strongest force in the German Parliament and the main opposition party. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants," 2 July 2018 In the vote, the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD, emerged as the third-strongest force in the German Parliament and the main opposition party. Katrin Bennhold,, "Merkel’s coalition survives, for now," 2 July 2018 Aside from the outrageous number of mosquitos, the Eagles’ supporters were undoubtedly the strongest force in Stalingrad., "90Min World Cup Fan Diaries: The Battle of Volgograd," 21 June 2018 The telescope, though, was soon to meet with unusually strong forces of nature. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Puerto Rico's Observatory Is Still Recovering From Hurricane Maria," 15 June 2018 When a window-sized hole opens in an airplane, there is a strong force that sucks air out, experts say. Martin Finucane,, "It’s extremely rare to get sucked out of an airplane window. But here’s how it would work," 17 May 2018 More than many of my other pieces, this has a lot of power, being pulled in strong forces of rhythm and whirlwind, which is unique to this piece. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "The New York Philharmonic Channels the Chaos of the Cosmos," 4 Apr. 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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