noun validity; efficacy.
2. force ·noun a waterfall; a cascade.
3. force ·noun to allow the force of; to value; to care for.
4. force ·vi to be of force, importance, or weight; to matter.
5. force ·noun to compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind.
6. force ·noun power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion.
7. force ·noun to put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce.
8. force ·noun to compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none.
9. force ·noun strength or power exercised without law, or contrary to law, upon persons or things; violence.
10. force ·vt to stuff; to lard; to farce.
11. force ·vi to use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to endeavor.
12. force ·noun to obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress.
13. force ·noun to impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, ·etc., by main strength or violence;
with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, ·etc.
14. force ·noun to do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one;s will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon.
15. force ·noun to provide with forces; to reenforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison.
xvi. force ·vi to make a difficult matter of anything; to labor; to hesitate; hence, to force of, to make much account of; to regard.
xvii. force ·noun 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.
xviii. force ·noun 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 consient or metaphor; to force a laugh; to force fruits.
xix. force ·noun strength or power for war; hence, a body of land or naval combatants, with their appurtenances, ready for action;
an armament; troops; warlike array;
often in the plural; hence, a body of men prepared for action in other ways; as, the laboring force of a plantation.
xx. force ·noun strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or energy; capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; especially, power to persuade, or convince, or impose obligation; pertinency; validity; special signification; as, the force of an appeal, an argument, a contract, or a term.
xxi. force ·noun any action between two bodies which changes, or tends to change, their relative condition as to rest or motion; or, more generally, which changes, or tends to change, any physical relation between them, whether mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, or of any other kind; as, the force of gravity; cohesive force; centrifugal force.