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strength(strĕngkth, strĕngth, strĕnth)
These nouns denote the capacity to act or work effectively. Strength refers especially to physical, mental, or moral robustness or vigor: "enough work to do, and strength enough to do the work" (Rudyard Kipling).
Power is the ability to do something and especially to produce an effect: "I do not think the United States would come to an end if we lost our power to declare an Act of Congress void" (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.).
Might often implies abundant or extraordinary power: "He could defend the island against the whole might of the German Air Force" (Winston S. Churchill).
Energy refers especially to a latent source of power: "The same energy of character which renders a man a daring villain would have rendered him useful to society, had that society been well organized" (Mary Wollstonecraft).
Force is the application of power or strength: "the overthrow of our institutions by force and violence" (Charles Evans Hughes).
strength(strɛŋkθ, strɛŋθ, strɛnθ)
Strengtha body of soldiers; a sufficient number.
- Air of impregnability that he carried with him like a briefcase full of secrets —Derek Lambert
- As indestructible as a bride’s first set of biscuits —Jim Murray, about football player Mike Garrett, Los Angeles Herald
- Bones … like bars of iron —The Holy Bible/Job
- Built like a bouncer in a clip joint —Saul Bellow
- Built like a brick shit-house —American colloquialism, popularized in American army.
With slight alterations some of the more colorful army and country similes can be cleaned up with the original meaning still implicit. For example, in her novel, Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich describes a character as being “Built like a brick outhouse.”
- Built like a toolbox —Lee K. Abbott
- A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is no strain upon it —Henry Ward Beecher
- Gave off a sense of virility almost as positive as an odor —Samuel Yellen
- Get the upper hand … like a strong sun —Albert Camus
- Grew strong, as if doubt never touched his heart —Wallace Stevens
- (Our meaning together is) hardy as an onion (and layered) —Marge Piercy
- I am as strong as a bull moose —Theodore Roosevelt
- I am like a forest that has once been razed; the new shoots are stronger and brisker —Victor Hugo
- Looked as durable and tough as a tree growing on a stony hillside —Mazo De La Roche
- Solid and strong, like a little bull —Frank Tuohy
- Solid as a temple —Louis MacNeice
- Strong and hard as a tree —Vicki Baum
Some other strength/tree comparisons include: “Strong as an old apple tree” (Eudora Welty) and “Sturdy as an oak trunk” (Ignazio Silone).
- Strong as a door —Reynolds Price
- Strong as a giant —Erich Maria Remarque
- (A soul) strong as a mountain river —William Wordsworth
- (An alibi as) strong as a twenty-foot wall —Jimmy Sangster
- (And the muscles of his brawny arms are) strong as iron bands —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Strong as jealousy —William Blake
- Strong as money —Philip Levine
What poet Levine is comparing to the strength of money is work.
- (Somone wakens to a life as) strong as the smell of urine —Philip Levine
- Strong as the summer sun —Anon
- (Had grown) strong as the sun or the sea —Algernon Charles Swinburne
- (This old woman is dangerous: she is as) strong as three men —George Bernard Shaw
- Strong as the young, and as uncontrolled —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Stronger than mahogany —Anne Sexton
- Strong, like a tower —Nina Bawden
- (Vemish and his wife were) strong, like rocks, not like rivers. Their strength was more in remaining than in doing —Barry Targan
- (Your blunderer is as) sturdy as a rock —William Cowper
- Takes brute strength, like pushing a cow uphill —Anne Sexton
- Using his fist the way a carpenter uses a hammer —Irwin Shaw
- You’re [Alais addressing King Henry in The Lion in Winter] like the rocks at Stonehenge; nothing knocks you down —James Goldman
If someone has power, they are able to control other people and their activities.
Don't use 'power' to refer to someone's physical energy, or their ability to move heavy objects. Use strength.
|Noun||1.||strength - the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"|
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
good part - a place of especial strength
hardiness, lustiness, robustness, validity - the property of being strong and healthy in constitution
sturdiness - the property of something that is strongly built
endurance - the power to withstand hardship or stress; "the marathon tests a runner's endurance"
invulnerability - the property of being invulnerable; the property of being incapable of being hurt (physically or emotionally)
weakness - the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"
|2.||strength - capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war; "we faced an army of great strength"; "politicians have neglected our military posture"|
sea power - naval strength
capability, capableness - the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally; "he worked to the limits of his capability"
firepower - (military) the relative capacity for delivering fire on a target
|3.||strength - physical energy or intensity; "he hit with all the force he could muster"; "it was destroyed by the strength of the gale"; "a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man"|
brunt - main force of a blow etc; "bore the brunt of the attack"
vigor, vigour, energy, zip - forceful exertion; "he plays tennis with great energy"; "he's full of zip"
|4.||strength - an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte"|
|5.||strength - the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty; "the strength of his argument settled the matter"|
power, powerfulness - possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"
convincingness - the power of argument or evidence to cause belief
|6.||strength - the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation); "he adjusted the intensity of the sound"; "they measured the station's signal strength"|
radio brightness - the strength of a radio wave picked up by a radio telescope
magnitude - the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small); "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"; "about the magnitude of a small pea"
threshold level - the intensity level that is just barely perceptible
field intensity, field strength - the vector sum of all the forces exerted by an electrical or magnetic field (on a unit mass or unit charge or unit magnetic pole) at a given point in the field
half-intensity - half the maximum intensity
|7.||strength - capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects; "the toxin's potency"; "the strength of the drinks"|
|8.||strength - the condition of financial success; "the strength of the company's stock in recent weeks"|
weakness - the condition of being financially weak; "the weakness of the dollar against the yen"
|9.||strength - permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force; "they advertised the durability of their products"|
tensile strength - the strength of material expressed as the greatest longitudinal stress it can bear without tearing apart
indestructibility - the strength to resist destruction
changelessness - the property of remaining unchanged
everlastingness - the property of lasting forever
might weakness, frailty, powerlessness, infirmity, debility, feebleness
force weakness, feebleness
strong point failing, weakness, defect, flaw, shortcoming, Achilles heel, chink in your armour
he hadn't the strength to lift it → no tenía fuerzas para levantarlo
his strength failed him → le fallaron las fuerzas
she swims to build up the strength in her muscles → nada para fortalecer los músculos or coger fuerza en los músculos
you don't know your own strength → no controlas tu propia fuerza
you'll soon get your strength back → pronto recobrarás las fuerzas or te repondrás
to save one's strength → ahorrar las energías
with all my strength → con todas mis fuerzas
his help gives me the strength to carry on → su ayuda me da fortaleza or fuerzas para seguir adelante
strength of character → fortaleza f or firmeza f de carácter
to draw strength from sth → sacar fuerzas de algo
the independence movement is gathering strength → el movimiento independiente está cobrando fuerza
give me strength! → ¡Dios dame paciencia!
inner strength → fuerza interior
strength of purpose → determinación f
see also gather, tower
on the strength of that success she applied for promotion → en base a ese éxito, solicitó un ascenso
he was recruited on the strength of his communication skills → lo contrataron en virtud de or debido a su aptitud para comunicarse
he warned the government not to underestimate the strength of feeling among voters → advirtió al gobierno que no subestimara la intensidad or fuerza de los sentimientos de los votantes
our decision will depend on the strength of the pound → nuestra decisión dependerá del valor de la libra
exports fell owing to the strength of the pound → las exportaciones bajaron debido a la solidez or la fuerza de la libra
their chief strength is technology → su punto fuerte es la tecnología
to go from strength to strength his movie career is going from strength to strength → su carrera cinematográfica marcha viento en popa
the company has gone from strength to strength → la empresa ha ido teniendo un éxito tras otro
he has promised to increase the strength of the police force → ha prometido incrementar los efectivos de la policía
to be below strength = to be under strength
to be at full strength [army] → disponer de todos sus efectivos (Sport) [team] → contar con todos sus jugadores; [office] → contar con todo el personal
his supporters were there in strength or had come in strength → sus partidarios habían acudido en masa
to be on the strength (gen) → formar parte de la plantilla (Mil) → formar parte del regimiento
to take sb on to the strength → admitir a algn en la plantilla (Mil) → admitir a algn en el regimiento
to be under strength the team was under strength due to injuries → el equipo contaba con pocos jugadores debido a las lesiones
two people are off sick so we're a bit under strength → dos de los empleados se encuentran enfermos y estamos un poco cortos de personal
his army was seriously under strength → su ejército contaba con poquísimos efectivos
to recover one's strength → reprendre des forces
with all one's strength → de toute ses forces
Something gave me the strength to overcome the difficulty → Quelque chose m'a donné la force de surmonter cette difficulté.
strength of character → force f de caractère
strength of mind → force f mentale
The movement is gathering strength → Le mouvement gagne en puissance.
to go from strength to strength → aller de succès en succès
on the strength of sth (= because of) → en raison de qch
Take into account your own strengths and weaknesses → Prenez en compte vos propres forces et faiblesses.
below strength → en sous-effectif
to turn out in strength → arriver en force
you'll soon get your strength back → presto ti rimetterai in forze
his strength failed him → gli sono mancate le forze
strength of character/mind → forza di carattere/d'animo
strength of purpose → risolutezza
on the strength of → sulla base di, in virtù di
to go from strength to strength → andare di bene in meglio