Meaning of STRONG in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈstrȯŋ ]


( stron·ger ˈstrȯŋ-gər also -ər ; stron·gest ˈstrȯŋ-gəst also -əst)

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English strang; akin to Old High German strengi strong, Latin stringere to bind tight — more at strain

Date: before 12th century

1. : having or marked by great physical power

2. : having moral or intellectual power

3. : having great resources (as of wealth or talent)

4. : of a specified number

an army ten thousand strong


a. : striking or superior of its kind

a strong resemblance

b. : effective or efficient especially in a specified direction

strong on watching other people work — A. Alvarez

6. : forceful , cogent

strong evidence

strong talk

7. : not mild or weak : extreme , intense : as

a. : rich in some active agent

strong beer

b. of a color : high in chroma

c. : ionizing freely in solution

strong acids and bases

d. : magnifying by refracting greatly

a strong lens

8. obsolete : flagrant

9. : moving with rapidity or force

a strong wind

10. : ardent , zealous

a strong supporter


a. : not easily injured or disturbed : solid

b. : not easily subdued or taken

a strong fort

12. : well established : firm

strong beliefs

13. : not easily upset or nauseated

a strong stomach

14. : having an offensive or intense odor or flavor : rank

strong breath

15. : tending to steady or higher prices

a strong market

16. : of, relating to, or being a verb that is inflected by a change in the root vowel (as strive, strove, striven ) rather than by regular affixation

• strong adverb

• strong·ish ˈstrȯŋ-ish adjective

• strong·ly ˈstrȯŋ-lē adverb


strong , stout , sturdy , stalwart , tough , tenacious mean showing power to resist or to endure. strong may imply power derived from muscular vigor, large size, structural soundness, intellectual or spiritual resources

strong arms

the defense has a strong case

stout suggests an ability to endure stress, pain, or hard use without giving way

stout hiking boots

sturdy implies strength derived from vigorous growth, determination of spirit, solidity of construction

a sturdy table

people of sturdy independence

stalwart suggests an unshakable dependability

stalwart environmentalists

tough implies great firmness and resiliency

a tough political opponent

tenacious suggests strength in seizing, retaining, clinging to, or holding together

tenacious farmers clinging to an age-old way of life

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.