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forced

[fawrst, fohrst] /fɔrst, foʊrst/
adjective
1.
enforced or compulsory:
forced labor.
2.
strained, unnatural, or affected:
a forced smile.
3.
subjected to force.
4.
required by circumstances; emergency:
a forced landing of an airplane.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; force + -ed2
Related forms
forcedly
[fawr-sid-lee, fohr-] /ˈfɔr sɪd li, ˈfoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
forcedness, noun
quasi-forced, adjective
unforced, adjective
unforcedly, adverb

force

[fawrs, fohrs] /fɔrs, foʊrs/
noun
1.
physical power or strength possessed by a living being:
He used all his force in opening the window.
2.
strength or power exerted upon an object; physical coercion; violence:
to use force to open the window; to use force on a person.
3.
strength; energy; power; intensity:
a personality of great force.
4.
power to influence, affect, or control; efficacious power:
the force of circumstances; a force for law and order.
5.
Law. unlawful violence threatened or committed against persons or property.
6.
persuasive power; power to convince:
They felt the force of his arguments.
7.
mental or moral strength:
force of character.
8.
might, as of a ruler or realm; strength for war.
9.
Often, forces. the military or fighting strength, especially of a nation.
10.
any body of persons combined for joint action:
a sales force.
11.
intensity or strength of effect:
the force of her acting.
12.
Physics.
  1. an influence on a body or system, producing or tending to produce a change in movement or in shape or other effects.
  2. the intensity of such an influence. Symbol: F, f.
13.
any influence or agency analogous to physical force:
social forces.
14.
binding power, as of a contract.
15.
Baseball. force play.
16.
value; significance; meaning.
17.
Billiards. a stroke in which the cue ball is forcibly struck directly below the center in such a manner as to cause it to stop abruptly, bound back, or roll off to one side after hitting the object ball.
verb (used with object), forced, forcing.
18.
to compel, constrain, or oblige (oneself or someone) to do something:
to force a suspect to confess.
19.
to drive or propel against resistance:
He forced his way through the crowd. They forced air into his lungs.
20.
to bring about or effect by force.
21.
to bring about of necessity or as a necessary result:
to force a smile.
22.
to put or impose (something or someone) forcibly on or upon a person:
to force one's opinions on others.
23.
to compel by force; overcome the resistance of:
to force acceptance of something.
24.
to obtain or draw forth by or as if by force; extort:
to force a confession.
25.
to enter or take by force; overpower:
They forced the town after a long siege.
26.
to break open (a door, lock, etc.).
27.
to cause (plants, fruits, etc.) to grow or mature at an increased rate by artificial means.
28.
to press, urge, or exert (an animal, person, etc.) to violent effort or to the utmost.
29.
to use force upon.
30.
to rape.
31.
Baseball.
  1. to cause (a base runner) to be put out by obliging the runner, as by a ground ball, to vacate a base and attempt to move to the next base in order to make room for another runner or the batter.
  2. to cause (a base runner or run) to score, as by walking a batter with the bases full (often followed by in).
32.
Cards.
  1. to compel (a player) to trump by leading a suit of which the player has no cards.
  2. to compel a player to play (a particular card).
  3. to compel (a player) to play so as to make known the strength of the hand.
33.
Photography.
  1. to develop (a print or negative) for longer than usual in order to increase density or bring out details.
  2. to bring out underexposed parts of (a print or negative) by adding alkali to the developer.
34.
Archaic. to give force to; strengthen; reinforce.
verb (used without object), forced, forcing.
35.
to make one's way by force.
Idioms
36.
in force,
  1. in operation; effective:
    This ancient rule is no longer in force.
  2. in large numbers; at full strength:
    They attacked in force.
Origin
1250-1300; (noun) Middle English < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *fortia, derivative of Latin fortis strong; (v.) Middle English forcen < Anglo-French, Old French forcer, derivative of the noun
Related forms
forceable, adjective
forceless, adjective
forcer, noun
forcingly, adverb
interforce, noun
overforce, noun
overforce, verb, overforced, overforcing.
unforceable, adjective
unforcing, adjective
Can be confused
coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige (see synonym study at oblige)
Synonyms
3. vigor. See strength. 4. compulsion, constraint. 6. efficacy, effectiveness, cogency, potency, validity. 18. coerce. 19. impel. 25. overcome; violate, ravish, rape.
Antonyms
3. weakness. 6. impotence.
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  • The resulting spray shorted out electronics and forced an automatic shutdown of the nuclear reactor.
  • Remember that many holiday plants are forced into bloom and will revert to their natural cycles after their winter flowering.
  • Residents in towns along drug trafficking routes have been forced out by cartels, leaving them abandoned.
British Dictionary definitions for forced

forced

/fɔːst/
adjective
1.
done because of force; compulsory: forced labour
2.
false or unnatural: a forced smile
3.
due to an emergency or necessity: a forced landing
4.
(physics) caused by an external agency: a forced vibration, a forced draught
Derived Forms
forcedly (ˈfɔːsɪdlɪ) adverb
forcedness, noun

force1

/fɔːs/
noun
1.
strength or energy; might; power: the force of the blow, a gale of great force
2.
exertion or the use of exertion against a person or thing that resists; coercion
3.
(physics)
  1. a dynamic influence that changes a body from a state of rest to one of motion or changes its rate of motion. The magnitude of the force is equal to the product of the mass of the body and its acceleration
  2. a static influence that produces an elastic strain in a body or system or bears weight F
4.
(physics) any operating influence that produces or tends to produce a change in a physical quantity: electromotive force, coercive force
5.
  1. intellectual, social, political, or moral influence or strength: the force of his argument, the forces of evil
  2. a person or thing with such influence: he was a force in the land
6.
vehemence or intensity: he spoke with great force
7.
a group of persons organized for military or police functions: armed forces
8.
(sometimes capital) (informal) the force, the police force
9.
a group of persons organized for particular duties or tasks: a workforce
10.
(criminal law) violence unlawfully committed or threatened
11.
(philosophy, logic) that which an expression is normally used to achieve See speech act, illocution, perlocution
12.
in force
  1. (of a law) having legal validity or binding effect
  2. in great strength or numbers
13.
join forces, to combine strengths, efforts, etc
verb (transitive)
14.
to compel or cause (a person, group, etc) to do something through effort, superior strength, etc; coerce
15.
to acquire, secure, or produce through effort, superior strength, etc: to force a confession
16.
to propel or drive despite resistance: to force a nail into wood
17.
to break down or open (a lock, safe, door, etc)
18.
to impose or inflict: he forced his views on them
19.
to cause (plants or farm animals) to grow or fatten artificially at an increased rate
20.
to strain or exert to the utmost: to force the voice
21.
to rape; ravish
22.
(cards)
  1. to compel (a player) to trump in order to take a trick
  2. to compel a player by the lead of a particular suit to play (a certain card)
  3. (in bridge) to induce (a bid) from one's partner by bidding in a certain way
23.
force a smile, to make oneself smile
24.
force down, to compel an aircraft to land
25.
force the pace, to adopt a high speed or rate of procedure
Derived Forms
forceable, adjective
forceless, adjective
forcer, noun
forcingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin fortia (unattested), from Latin fortis strong

force2

/fɔːs/
noun
1.
(in northern England) a waterfall
Word Origin
C17: from Old Norse fors
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Word Origin and History for forced
adj.

"not spontaneous or voluntary," 1570s, past participle adjective from force (v.). The flier's forced landing attested by 1917.

force

n.

c.1300, "physical strength," from Old French force (12c.) "force, strength, courage, fortitude; violence, power, compulsion," from Vulgar Latin *fortia (cf. Spanish fuerza, Italian forza), noun use of neuter plural of Latin fortis "strong" (see fort). Meaning "body of armed men, army" first recorded late 14c. (also in Old French). Physics sense is from 1660s; force field attested by 1920.

v.

c.1300, from Old French forcier "conquer by violence," from force (see force (n.)). Its earliest sense in English was "to ravish" (a woman); sense of "to compel, oblige" to do something is from c.1400. Related: Forced; forcing.

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forced in Medicine

force (fôrs)
n.

  1. The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power.

  2. A vector quantity that tends to produce an acceleration of a body in the direction of its application.

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forced in Science
force
  (fôrs)   
  1. Any of various factors that cause a body to change its speed, direction, or shape. Force is a vector quantity, having both magnitude and direction. Contributions of force from different sources can be summed to give the net force at any given point.

  2. Any of the four natural phenomena involving the interaction between particles of matter. From the strongest to the weakest, the four forces are the strong nuclear force, the electromagnetic force, the weak nuclear force, and gravity.


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forced in Culture

force definition


In physics, something that causes a change in the motion of an object. The modern definition of force (an object's mass multiplied by its acceleration) was given by Isaac Newton in Newton's laws of motion. The most familiar unit of force is the pound. (See mechanics.)

Note: Gravity, and therefore weight, is a kind of force.
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