Meaning of STRENGTH in English

STRENGTH

/ streŋθ; NAmE / noun

BEING PHYSICALLY STRONG

1.

[ U , sing. ] strength to do sth the quality of being physically strong :

He pushed against the rock with all his strength.

It may take a few weeks for you to build up your strength again.

She didn't have the strength to walk any further.

He had a physical strength that matched his outward appearance.

2.

[ U ] the ability that sth has to resist force or hold heavy weights without breaking or being damaged :

the strength of a rope

—see also industrial-strength

BEING BRAVE

3.

[ U , sing. ] the quality of being brave and determined in a difficult situation :

During this ordeal he was able to draw strength from his faith.

She has a remarkable inner strength .

You have shown great strength of character .

POWER / INFLUENCE

4.

[ U ] the power and influence that sb/sth has :

Political power depends upon economic strength.

Their superior military strength gives them a huge advantage.

to negotiate from a position of strength

The rally was intended to be a show of strength by the socialists.

OF OPINION / FEELING

5.

[ U ] how strong or deeply felt an opinion or a feeling is :

the strength of public opinion

This view has recently gathered strength (= become stronger or more widely held) .

I was surprised by the strength of her feelings.

ADVANTAGE

6.

[ C ] a quality or an ability that a person or thing has that gives them an advantage :

The ability to keep calm is one of her many strengths.

the strengths and weaknesses of an argument

OF NATURAL FORCE

7.

[ U ] how strong a natural force is :

the strength of the sun

wind strength

the strength and direction of the tide

OF FLAVOUR

8.

[ U , C ] how strong a particular flavour or substance is :

Add more curry powder depending on the strength required.

a range of beers with different strengths (= with different amounts of alcohol in them)

OF CURRENCY

9.

[ U ] how strong a country's currency (= unit of money) is in relation to other countries' currencies :

the strength of the dollar

NUMBER IN GROUP

10.

[ U ] the number of people in a group, a team or an organization :

The strength of the workforce is about to be doubled from 3 000 to 6 000.

The team will be back at full strength (= with all the best players) for the next match.

The protesters turned out in strength (= in large numbers) .

These cuts have left the local police force under strength (= with fewer members than it needs) .

IDIOMS

- go from strength to strength

- on the strength of sth

—more at tower noun

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English strengthu , from the Germanic base of strong .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.