Animal force

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(Physiol.) muscular force or energy.

See also: Force

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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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.
I found Ananya Mukherjea's "'It's Like Some Primal, Some Animal Force ...
A book published in 1882 introduced the dog-powered sewing machine as a revolutionary invention that "utilises animal force and weight".
Mill blamed the survival of slavery on economics: Cotton production required little but brute animal force for its production, depleted the soil, and fueled an insatiable desire for new territory.
His 'shuffling presence around Sydney' and his 'boisterous, animal force' (pp.
He's a hefty, bearded man with a guttural growl, and even when he's just standing center stage and barely moving, the perf remains a physical one as the words rise up from deep within and emerge with animal force. When, as a former trainer of fighting dogs, the character delivers an elegy to tough canines, it's clear he identifies with the creatures.