strong force

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strong force

The force that arises from the strong interaction of quarks.

[From the fact that it is stronger than the other fundamental forces and holds the nucleus together despite the mutual repulsion of protons.]

strong′ force′

the short-range attractive force between baryons that holds together the nucleus of the atom.
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Noun1.strong force - (physics) the interaction that binds protons and neutrons together in the nuclei of atoms; mediated by gluons
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
fundamental interaction, interaction - (physics) the transfer of energy between elementary particles or between an elementary particle and a field or between fields; mediated by gauge bosons
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And now both gods and mortals were fast asleep through the livelong night, but upon Mercury alone, the bringer of good luck, sleep could take no hold for he was thinking all the time how to get King Priam away from the ships without his being seen by the strong force of sentinels.
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