The use of physical power or violence to compel or restrain: a confession obtained by force.
Intellectual power or vigor, especially as conveyed in writing or speech.
A capacity for affecting the mind or behavior; efficacy: the force of logical argumentation.
One that possesses such capacity: the forces of evil.
A body of persons or other resources organized or available for a certain purpose: a large labor force.
A person or group capable of influential action: a retired senator who is still a force in national politics.
The entire military strength, as of a nation. Often used in the plural.
A unit of a nation's military personnel, especially one deployed into combat: Our forces have at last engaged the enemy.
Law Legal validity.
Physics A vector quantity that tends to produce an acceleration of a body in the direction of its application.
Baseball A force play.
To compel through pressure or necessity: I forced myself to practice daily. He was forced to take a second job.
To gain by the use of force or coercion: force a confession.
To move or effect against resistance or inertia: forced my foot into the shoe.
To inflict or impose relentlessly: He forced his ideas upon the group.
To put undue strain on: She forced her voice despite being hoarse.
To increase or accelerate (a pace, for example) to the maximum.
To produce with effort and against one's will: force a laugh in spite of pain.
To use (language) with obvious lack of ease and naturalness.
To move, open, or clear by force: forced our way through the crowd.
To break down or open by force: force a lock.