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

Examples of strong force in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This would include from the electromagnetic, weak-and-Higgs, and strong force contributions. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Now Atkinson feels like their calls for inclusion are being drowned out by a strong force of conservative, mostly White suburban mothers who have made national headlines for their efforts to ban critical race theory from schools. Nicquel Terry Ellis And Eva Mckend, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 Androgens — hormones that up inflammation and sebum production — are a strong force behind bouts of hormonal acne, while clascoterone helps to limit their effects near breakouts and the surrounding tissue. Taylore Glynn, Allure, 8 Dec. 2021 The tetraquark now presents theorists with a solid target against which to test their mathematical machinery for approximating the strong force. Quanta Magazine, 27 Sep. 2021 Ledbetter is nationally known as a strong force in the fight for closing the pay gap between women and men. The Anniston Star, al, 3 Oct. 2021 Observing this triangle singularity may give insights to the strong force, and why particles such as protons and neutrons are heavier than expected. Elizabeth Fernandez, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 There are four known forces in the universe: gravity; electromagnetism; the strong force, which binds the nuclei of atoms together; and the weak force, which causes radioactive decay., 27 July 2021 The middle-class mindset is a strong force built from decades of indoctrination by family, schools, society, corporations and Wall Street. Andrew Lanoie, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of strong force

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Strong force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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