- the state or quality of being physically or mentally strong
- the ability to withstand or exert great force, stress, or pressure
- something that is regarded as being beneficial or a source of power: their chief strength is technology
- potency, as of a drink, drug, etc
- power to convince; cogency: the strength of an argument
- degree of intensity or concentration of colour, light, sound, flavour, etc
- the full or part of the full complement as specified: at full strength, below strength
- from strength to strength ⇒ with ever-increasing success
- in strength ⇒ in large numbers
- on the strength of ⇒ on the basis of or relying upon
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- the quality of being strong:[uncountable]It took a lot of strength to lift that big rock. It took strength of character to get through that ordeal.
- power by reason of influence, authority, or resources:[uncountable]the strength of his plea.
- Mechanics power of resistance:[uncountable]The steel bars on the car's roof give it strength.
- a strong or valuable quality or characteristic:[countable]He was asked to list his strengths and weaknesses on the interview form.
- a source of power or encouragement;
something that sustains:[countable]The Bible was her strength and joy.
- in strength, in the full force or numbers of a group or organization:They came out in strength to support a change in the law.
- Idiomson the strength of, on the basis of:Solely on the strength of his recommendation we're going to hire you.
- the quality or state of being strong;
bodily or muscular power;
- mental power, force, or vigor.
- moral power, firmness, or courage.
- power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc.
- Militarynumber, as of personnel or ships in a force or body:a regiment with a strength of 3000.
- effective force, potency, or cogency, as of inducements or arguments:the strength of his plea.
- Mechanicspower of resisting force, strain, wear, etc.
- vigor of action, language, feeling, etc.
- Winethe effective or essential properties characteristic of a beverage, chemical, or the like:The alcoholic strength of brandy far exceeds that of wine.
- a particular proportion or concentration of these properties;
intensity, as of light, color, sound, flavor, or odor:coffee of normal strength.
- something or someone that gives one strength or is a source of power or encouragement;
sustenance:The Bible was her strength and joy.
- Businesspower to rise or remain firm in prices:Stocks continued to show strength. The pound declined in strength.
- on the strength of, on the basis of;
relying on:He was accepted by the college on the strength of ardent personal recommendations.
- bef. 900; Middle English strengthe, Old English strengthu; see strong, -th1
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Strength, power, force, might suggest capacity to do something. Strength is inherent capacity to manifest energy, to endure, and to resist. Power is capacity to do work and to act. Force is the exercise of power:One has the power to do something. He exerts force when he does it. He has sufficient strength to complete it.Might is power or strength in a great or overwhelming degree:the might of an army.
- 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged potency.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged brightness, loudness, vividness, pungency.