[syn: lastingness, durability, enduringness, strength]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Strength \Strength\, n. [OE. strengthe, AS. streng[eth]u, fr.
strang strong. See Strong.]
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.
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
3. Power of resisting attacks; impregnability. "Our castle's
strength will laugh a siege to scorn." --Shak.
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.
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.
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.] --Shak.
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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Strength \Strength\, v. t.
To strengthen. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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, 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, strength]
4: an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte"
[syn: forte, strong suit, long suit, metier,
specialty, speciality, strong point, strength] [ant:
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, strength] [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, strength, intensity level]
7: capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects;
"the toxin's potency"; "the strength of the drinks" [syn:
potency, effectiveness, strength]
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, durability, enduringness, strength]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
221 Moby Thesaurus words for "strength":
ability, amount, amperage, ampleness, amplitude, aptitude, arm,
armipotence, asset, authoritativeness, authority, backbone, beef,
bite, bitingness, black power, body, boundlessness, brawn,
brawniness, brute force, bulk, burden, charge, charisma, clout,
cogence, cogency, cohesiveness, compulsion, concentration,
concreteness, core, cuttingness, demonic energy, density,
determination, dint, drive, durability, duress, dynamism, effect,
effectiveness, effectuality, endurance, energy, enormity,
enormousness, ergal, expanse, extent, firmness, fixity of purpose,
flower power, force, force majeure, forcefulness, formidableness,
fortitude, full blast, full force, fullness, gameness, gaminess,
gift, gigantism, gist, grandeur, grandness, great scope, greatness,
grit, guts, gutsiness, haleness, hardiness, hardness, healthiness,
heartiness, high flavor, highness, hugeness, immensity,
impressiveness, incisiveness, infinity, influence, infrangibility,
intensity, intestinal fortitude, intrepidity, iron will,
kinetic energy, largeness, lastingness, leatherlikeness, longevity,
lustiness, magisterialness, magnitude, main force, main strength,
mana, mass, materiality, matter, measure, measurement, meat, might,
might and main, mightiness, moral courage, moral fiber, mordancy,
moxie, muchness, muscle, muscle power, nerve, nervosity,
nervousness, numbers, palpability, perseverance, persistence,
pertinacity, pith, pizzazz, plenitude, pluck, poignancy,
ponderability, poop, potence, potency, potential energy,
potentiality, power, power pack, power structure, power struggle,
powerfulness, prepotency, prodigiousness, productiveness,
productivity, puissance, pull, punch, purport, push, quantity,
quantum, rankness, reliability, resistance, resoluteness,
resolution, robustness, ropiness, ruggedness, security, sense,
sinew, sinewiness, solidity, soundness, spunk, stability,
stableness, stamina, steadiness, steam, stiffness, stoutness,
strength of mind, strength of purpose, strenuousness, stringiness,
strong arm, strong language, strong point, strongness,
stubbornness, stupendousness, sturdiness, substance,
substantiality, substantialness, sum, sum and substance,
superiority, superpower, talent, tangibility, tenaciousness,
tenacity, toughness, tremendousness, trenchancy, unbreakability,
unbreakableness, validity, vastness, vehemence, vigor,
vigorousness, vim, virility, virtue, virulence, viscidity,
vitality, wattage, weight, whole, will, will of iron, will power