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strong force

noun, Physics.
Also called nuclear force. the short-range attractive force between baryons that holds together the nucleus of the atom.
Also called color force. the force between quarks.
Origin of strong force
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Injins must be there in a strong force, and we shall find it no easy matter to get through them.

    Oak Openings James Fenimore Cooper
  • That the French were in strong force, as well as the enemy, there could now be no doubt.

  • At the same time, just because he was so near it, he ran almost no risk at all of meeting any strong force of Apaches.

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  • "Go on, and tell me what they say now," said Barrington, with a strong force on the last word.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • No serious attempt was made to let him know that a strong force was on its way from Bloemfontein.

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  • General Siha stands in the field with a strong force ready to strike.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • He found the hostiles in strong force on the Nahchess River, one of the upper tributaries of the Yakima.

strong force in Science
strong force
The fundamental force that mediates interactions between particles with color charge, such as quarks and gluons. The strong force binds quarks together to form baryons such as protons and neutrons, maintains the binding of protons and neutrons together in atomic nuclei, and is responsible for many particle decay processes. Particles that interact through the strong force exchange gluons, much as particles involved in electromagnetic interactions exchange photons. Quark color, but not flavor, is changed by the exchange of gluons. The strong force is stronger than the weak force, the electromagnetic force, and gravity, but has been known to apply only across distances the size of atomic nuclei or smaller. Also called color force, strong interaction, strong nuclear force.
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strong force in Culture

strong force definition

In physics, the force that holds particles together in the atomic nucleus and the force that holds quarks together in elementary particles.

Note: As the name implies, this is the strongest force known in nature.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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