forced /ˈforst, ˈfɔrst/
Force v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forced p. pr. & vb. n. Forcing ]
1. To constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible; to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means; to coerce; as, masters force slaves to labor.
2. To compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind.
3. To do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one's will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon.
To force their monarch and insult the court. --Dryden.
I should have forced thee soon wish other arms. --Milton.
To force a spotless virgin's chastity. --Shak.
4. To obtain, overcome, or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress; as, to force the castle; to force a lock.
5. To impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; -- with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc.
It stuck so fast, so deeply buried lay
That scarce the victor forced the steel away. --Dryden.
To force the tyrant from his seat by war. --Sahk.
Ethelbert ordered that none should be forced into religion. --Fuller.
6. To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce. [Obs.]
What can the church force more? --J. Webster.
7. To exert to the utmost; to urge; hence, to strain; to urge to excessive, unnatural, or untimely action; to produce by unnatural effort; as, to force a conceit or metaphor; to force a laugh; to force fruits.
High on a mounting wave my head I bore,
Forcing my strength, and gathering to the shore. --Dryden.
8. Whist To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none.
9. To provide with forces; to reënforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison. [Obs.]
10. To allow the force of; to value; to care for. [Obs.]
For me, I force not argument a straw. --Shak.
Syn: -- To compel; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce; drive; press; impel.
Forced a. Done or produced with force or great labor, or by extraordinary exertion; hurried; strained; produced by unnatural effort or pressure; as, a forced style; a forced laugh.
Forced draught. See under Draught.
Forced march Mil., a march of one or more days made with all possible speed.
-- For*ced*ly adv. -- For*ced*ness, n.
adj 1: produced by or subjected to forcing; "forced-air heating";
"furnaces of the forced-convection type"; "forced
convection in plasma generators"
2: forced or compelled; "promised to abolish forced labor"
3: made necessary by an unexpected situation or emergency; "a
forced landing" [syn: unexpected]
4: lacking spontaneity; not natural; "a constrained smile";
"forced heartiness"; "a strained smile" [syn: constrained,