strength /ˈstrɛŋ(k)θ, ˈstrɛn(t)θ/
strength /ˈstrɛŋ(k)θ, ˈstrɛn(t)θ/ 名詞
Strength, v. t. To strengthen. [Obs.]
1. The quality or state of being strong; ability to do or to bear; capacity for exertion or endurance, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; force; vigor; power; as, strength of body or of the arm; strength of mind, of memory, or of judgment.
All his [Samson's] strength in his hairs were. --Chaucer.
Thou must outlive
Thy youth, thy strength, thy beauty. --Milton.
2. Power to resist force; solidity or toughness; the quality of bodies by which they endure the application of force without breaking or yielding; -- in this sense opposed to frangibility; as, the strength of a bone, of a beam, of a wall, a rope, and the like. “The brittle strength of bones.”
3. Power of resisting attacks; impregnability. “Our castle's strength will laugh a siege to scorn.”
4. That quality which tends to secure results; effective power in an institution or enactment; security; validity; legal or moral force; logical conclusiveness; as, the strength of social or legal obligations; the strength of law; the strength of public opinion; strength of evidence; strength of argument.
5. One who, or that which, is regarded as embodying or affording force, strength, or firmness; that on which confidence or reliance is based; support; security.
God is our refuge and strength. --Ps. xlvi. 1.
What they boded would be a mischief to us, you are providing shall be one of our principal strengths. --Sprat.
Certainly there is not a greater strength against temptation. --Jer. Taylor.
6. Force as measured; amount, numbers, or power of any body, as of an army, a navy, and the like; as, what is the strength of the enemy by land, or by sea?
7. Vigor or style; force of expression; nervous diction; -- said of literary work.
And praise the easy vigor of a life
Where Denham's strength and Waller's sweetness join. --Pope.
8. Intensity; -- said of light or color.
Bright Phoebus in his strength. --Shak.
9. Intensity or degree of the distinguishing and essential element; spirit; virtue; excellence; -- said of liquors, solutions, etc.; as, the strength of wine or of acids.
10. A strong place; a stronghold. [Obs.]
On the strength of, or Upon the strength of, in reliance upon. “The allies, after a successful summer, are too apt, upon the strength of it, to neglect their preparations for the ensuing campaign.” --Addison.
Syn: -- Force; robustness; toughness; hardness; stoutness; brawniness; lustiness; firmness; puissance; support; spirit; validity; authority. See Force.
n 1: the property of being physically or mentally strong;
"fatigue sapped his strength" [ant: weakness]
2: capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect
the capacity to fight a war; "we faced an army of great
strength"; "politicians have neglected our military
posture" [syn: military capability, military strength,
military posture, posture]
3: physical energy or intensity; "he hit with all the force he
could muster"; "it was destroyed by the strength of the
gale"; "a government has not the vitality and forcefulness
of a living man" [syn: force, forcefulness]
4: an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte"
[syn: forte, strong suit, long suit, metier, specialty,
speciality, strong point] [ant: weak point]
5: the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the
embracing of a point of view by means of argument or
entreaty; "the strength of his argument settled the
matter" [syn: persuasiveness] [ant: unpersuasiveness]
6: the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or
electromagnetic radiation); "he adjusted the intensity of
the sound"; "they measured the station's signal strength"
[syn: intensity, intensity level]
7: capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical
effects; "the toxin's potency"; "the strength of the
drinks" [syn: potency, effectiveness]
8: the condition of financial success; "the strength of the
company's stock in recent weeks" [ant: weakness]
9: permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force;
"they advertised the durability of their products" [syn: lastingness,