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force

 (fôrs)
n.
1. The capacity to do work or cause physical change; energy, strength, or active power: the force of an explosion.
2.
a. Power made operative against resistance; exertion: use force in driving a nail.
b. The use of physical power or violence to compel or restrain: a confession obtained by force.
3.
a. Intellectual power or vigor, especially as conveyed in writing or speech.
b. Moral strength.
c. A capacity for affecting the mind or behavior; efficacy: the force of logical argumentation.
d. One that possesses such capacity: the forces of evil.
4.
a. A body of persons or other resources organized or available for a certain purpose: a large labor force.
b. A person or group capable of influential action: a retired senator who is still a force in national politics.
5.
a. Military strength.
b. A unit of a nation's military personnel, especially one deployed into combat: Our armed forces have at last engaged the enemy.
6. Physics
a. A vector quantity that tends to produce an acceleration of a body in the direction of its application. Newton's second law of motion states that a free body accelerates in the direction of the applied force and that its acceleration is directly proportional to the force and inversely proportional to its mass.
7. Baseball A force play.
tr.v. forced, forc·ing, forc·es
1. To compel through pressure or necessity: I forced myself to practice daily. He was forced to take a second job.
2.
a. To gain by the use of force or coercion: force a confession.
b. To move or effect against resistance or inertia: forced my foot into the shoe.
c. To inflict or impose relentlessly: He forced his ideas upon the group.
3.
a. To put undue strain on: She forced her voice despite being hoarse.
b. To increase or accelerate (a pace, for example) to the maximum.
c. To produce with effort and against one's will: force a laugh in spite of pain.
d. To use (language) with obvious lack of ease and naturalness.
4.
a. To move, open, or clear by force: forced our way through the crowd.
b. To break down or open by force: force a lock.
5. To rape.
6. To induce change in (a complex system) by changing one of its parameters: greenhouse gases that force the earth's climate.
7. Botany To cause to grow or mature by artificially accelerating normal processes.
8. Baseball
a. To put (a runner) out on a force play.
b. To allow (a run) to be scored by walking a batter when the bases are loaded.
9. Games To cause an opponent to play (a particular card).
Idioms:
force (oneself) on/upon
To rape.
force (someone's) hand
To force to act or speak prematurely or unwillingly.
in force
1. In full strength; in large numbers: Demonstrators were out in force.
2. In effect; operative: a rule that is no longer in force.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin fortia, from neuter pl. of Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh- in Indo-European roots.]

force′a·ble adj.
forc′er n.
Synonyms: force, compel, coerce, oblige, obligate
These verbs mean to cause one to follow a prescribed or dictated course against one's will. Force, the most general, usually implies the exertion of physical power or the operation of circumstances that permit no options: The driver was forced from his car at gunpoint. A downturn in the market forced us to sell. Compel has a similar range but applies especially to the exertion of legal or moral authority: The official was compelled to testify under the committee's subpoena power. I felt compelled by my conscience to return the money. Coerce implies the application of pressure or threats in securing compliance: "The technology exists to reduce or eliminate these emissions, but industry will not apply it unless coerced" (Andrew Weil).
Oblige implies the operation of authority, necessity, or moral or ethical considerations: "Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do" (Mark Twain).
Obligate applies when compliance is enforced by a legal contract or by the dictates of one's conscience or sense of propriety: I am obligated to repay the loan. See Also Synonyms at strength.
References in classic literature ?
Metivier, who came in the morning with his felicitations, considered it proper in his quality of doctor de forcer la consigne,* as he told Princess Mary, and went in to see the prince.
11-Achille : Un autre rentrant mais qui juge sur l'ensemble de sa carriere et l'efficacite de sa monte du jour, ne devrait pas trop forcer sur ses aptitudes pour venir mettre tout ce beau monde d'accord.
Le regime syrien devrait persister dans sa strategie visant a soumettre les poches de resistance et se prevaudra de ses victoires militaires pour forcer la communaute internationale a negocier, estiment des analystes.
1-Manel : Malgre son poids eleve, cette jument de bonne qualite ne devrait pas trop forcer sur son talent pour venir epingler a son tableau de chasse l'epreuve du jour, surtout qu'elle vient de s'illustrer a plusieurs reprises sur la distance du jour.
Des difficultes comme par exemple, des pannes de radio qui peuvent forcer les compagnies aeriennes a rediriger les vols vers d'autres destinations.
Dominateurs mais inefficaces, comme en temoigne ce rate monumental de Soudani (17'), les Fennecs vont s'en remettre a leur goleador Islam Slimani qui d'un heading va forcer le verrou seychellois (22').
D'apres des habitants, la police a violemment disperse des milliers de personnes tentant de forcer les portes du gouvernement local.
4-Maliksham : A son aise sur le parcours du jour, cet excellent coursier de Laghouat ne devrait pas forcer sur son talent pour venir epingler a son tableau de chasse l'epreuve du jour.
"Il y a peu, des commandos de marine israeliens ont aborde les bateaux qui etaient en route pour la bande de Gaza et tentaient de forcer le blocus de securite maritime mis en place conformement au droit international", a affirme le communique militaire.