Animal force

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(Physiol.) muscular force or energy.

See also: Force

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This process, for aught we know, may belong to the great system of human progress, which, with every ascending footstep, as it diminishes the necessity for animal force, may be destined gradually to spiritualize us, by refining away our grosser attributes of body.
A book published in 1882 introduced the dog-powered sewing machine as a revolutionary invention that "utilises animal force and weight".
For Brienza, conatus is "point of conversion" between animal forces, human forces, and the cultivated force of law; it is then the nexus of action and thought that appears at the cusp of new social formations.