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force (fôrs, fors) noun
1. The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power: the force of an explosion.
2. a. Power made operative against resistance; exertion: use force in driving a nail. b. The use of physical power or violence to compel or restrain: a confession obtained by force.
3. a. Intellectual power or vigor, especially as conveyed in writing or speech. b. Moral strength. c. A capacity for affecting the mind or behavior; efficacy: the force of logical argumentation. d. One that possesses such capacity: the forces of evil.
4. a. A body of persons or other resources organized or available for a certain purpose: a large labor force. b. A person or group capable of influential action: a retired senator who is still a force in national politics.
5. a. Military strength. b. The entire military strength, as of a nation. c. Units of a nation's military personnel, especially those deployed into combat: Our forces have at last engaged the enemy.
6. Law. Legal validity.
7. Physics. A vector quantity that tends to produce an acceleration of a body in the direction of its application.
forced, forcing, forces
1. To compel through pressure or necessity: I forced myself to practice daily. He was forced to take a second job.
2. a. To gain by the use of force or coercion: force a confession. b. To move or effect against resistance or inertia: forced my foot into the shoe. c. To inflict or impose relentlessly: He forced his ideas upon the group.
3. a. To put undue strain on: She forced her voice despite being hoarse. b. To increase or accelerate (a pace, for example) to the maximum. c. To produce with effort and against one's will: force a laugh in spite of pain. d. To use (language) with obvious lack of ease and naturalness.
4. a. To move, open, or clear by force: forced our way through the crowd. b. To break down or open by force: force a lock.
5. To rape.
6. Botany. To cause to grow or mature by artificially accelerating normal processes.
7. Baseball. a. To put (a runner) out on a force play. b. To allow (a run) to be scored by walking a batter when the bases are loaded.
8. Games. To cause an opponent to play (a particular card).
force (someone's) hand
To force to act or speak prematurely or unwillingly.
1. In full strength; in large numbers: Demonstrators were out in force.
2. In effect; operative: a rule that is no longer in force.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin fortia, from neuter pl. of Latin fortis, strong.]
- force´able adjective
- forc´er noun
Synonyms: force, compel, coerce, constrain, oblige, obligate. These verbs mean to cause a person or thing to follow a prescribed or dictated course. Force, the most general, usually implies the exertion of strength, especially physical power, or the operation of circumstances that permit no alternative to compliance: Tear gas forced the fugitives out of their hiding place. Lack of funds will eventually force him to look for work. Compel is often interchangeable with force, but it applies especially to an act dictated by one in authority: Say nothing unless you're compelled to. His playing compels respect, if not enthusiasm. Coerce invariably implies the use of strength or harsh measures in securing compliance: "The way in which the man of genius rules is by persuading an efficient minority to coerce an indifferent and self-indulgent majority" (James Fitzjames Stephen). Constrain suggests that one is bound to a course of action by physical or moral means or by the operation of compelling circumstances: "I am your anointed Queen. I will never be by violence constrained to do anything" (Elizabeth I). Oblige is applicable when compliance is brought about by the operation of authority, necessity, or moral or ethical considerations: "Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do" (Mark Twain). Obligate applies when force is exerted by the terms of a legal contract or promise or by the dictates of one's conscience or sense of propriety: I am obligated to repay the loan. See also synonyms at strength.
force, in physics, a quantity that produces a change in the size or shape or the MOTION of a body. Commonly experienced as a "push" or "pull," force is a vector quantity, having both magnitude and direction. The study of forces in equilibrium is STATICS; that of forces and motion is DYNAMICS. Four basic types of force are known in nature. The gravitational force and the electromagnetic force both have an infinite range. The STRONG INTERACTION is a short-range force holding the atomic nucleus together, and the WEAK INTERACTION is a short-range force associated with radioactivity and particle decay. In the METRIC SYSTEM forces are measured in such units as the dyne (cgs system) and the newton (mks system), which cause accelerations of, respectively, 1 cm/sec2 on a 1-gram mass and 1 m/sec2 on a 1-kg mass. In ENGLISH UNITS OF MEASUREMENT, the pound (lb) is used. A 1-lb force equals 444,823 dynes; 1 dyne equals 10-5 newtons.
van der Waals force
van der Waals force (vàn´ der
wôlz´, wälz´) noun
A weak attractive force between atoms or nonpolar molecules caused by a temporary change in dipole moment arising from a brief shift of orbital electrons to one side of one atom or molecule, creating a similar shift in adjacent atoms or molecules.
[After Johannes Diderik van der Waals (1837-1923), Dutch physicist.]
field of force
field of force noun
plural fields of force
A region of space throughout which the force produced by a single agent, such as an electric current, is operative. Also called force field.
élan vital (vê-tàl´) noun
The vital force hypothesized by Henri Bergson as a source of efficient causation and evolution in nature. Also called life force.
[French : élan, ardor + vital, vital.]
magnetic force noun
1. The force exerted between magnetic poles, producing magnetization.
2. A force that exists between two electrically charged moving particles.
Wars duel in the mojave
_Star Wars_ (vhs/ntsc) (1977)
An energy that occurs naturally in the galaxy, it springs from all forms of life. It has two "sides," a good side and a Dark Side, although this is a great oversimplification of the Force’s existence. It has many sides, including a living element and a unifying element, and it binds all things together in a great web of existence. The Jedi Knights discovered that the Force was accessible to all living beings through the presence of midi-chlorians in their cells. The more midi-chlorians that inhabited a being’s cells, the more the being was able to contact the Force. However, a high concentration of midi-chlorians did not guarantee a being control of the Force. Only through intense study and dedicated training could a being become proficient in harnessing the power of The Force. The Jedi Council discovered that younger beings had an easier time of learning the techniques required to touch and control the Force, and eventually developed a system that actively sought out and identified beings with high midi-chlorian counts at their birth. With, or sometimes without, the permission of the parents, the Jedi took children no more than one year old away for training. Children and older beings, who had already established a set pattern of mental and physical usage, often were unable to complete the necessary training, and were deemed too wasteful of Jedi resources. The Jedi Knights have historically been the most powerful users of The Force, having trained with and learned the three basic techniques: control (the manipulation of one's internal Force strength), sense (detection of the Force in the external world), and alter (manipulation of matter with the Force). These techniques, used by themselves or in combination, allow the Jedi to perform many different activities with the Force.
"Man is a very odd creature. And to have arisen in a million years from the chipping of flint to launching of the space shuttle and the hurling of instruments out of the solar system, it seems preposterous to maintain that the forces and facts of nature as we know them could have allowed us to do what we are doing. Instead, I take a very premodern view: we are in league with the demiurge. We are the children of a force that we can barely imagine."
- Terence McKenna
- _Archaic Revival_ p. 40
Obsess yourself with causality. The information you hear is a loophole, technicality.
Behind every object is a mathematic; an obscure substance infused
with a kinetic force,
an obscure conscience shoots a gun at the feet
the world dances.
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off of _Ruby Vroom_ CD on Slash/Warner Brothers (1996)
604 release _Frontier_ by Mystic Force on Psy Harmonics
"Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid." - Wolfgang von Goethe