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Definition of Strength

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I looked up strength in the dictionary and was surprised by how many definitions it had. Take a look:

–noun
1.     the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
2.     mental power, force, or vigor.
3.     moral power, firmness, or courage.
4.     power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc.
5.     number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body: a regiment with a strength of 3000.
6.     effective force, potency, or cogency, as of inducements or arguments
7.     power of resisting force, strain, wear, etc.
8.     vigor of action, language, feeling, etc.
9.     the effective or essential properties characteristic of a beverage, chemical, or the like: The alcoholic strength of brandy far exceeds that of wine.
10.     a particular proportion or concentration of these properties; intensity, as of light, color, sound, flavor, or odor: coffee of   normal strength.
11.     something or someone that gives one strength or is a source of power or encouragement; sustenance: The Bible was her strength and joy.
12.     power to rise or remain firm in prices: Stocks continued to show strength. The pound declined in strength.

—Idiom
13.     on the strength of, on the basis of; relying on: He was accepted by the college on the strength of ardent personal recommendations.

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