Definition of strength in English:

strength

Syllabification: strength
Pronunciation: /streNG(k)TH
 
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noun

1The quality or state of being strong, in particular.
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  • It is a strong story and this strength lies in the fact that it is simple and easy to relate to.
  • So, given that what doesn't destroy me makes me stronger, what strength can I gain from this?
  • This gives us strength and provides a strong foundation and makes us a much more predictable country.
1.1Physical power and energy: cycling can help you build up your strength
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  • It seems oddly ironic that one could build an exterior of strength, that being strong seems strangely easier than being weak.
  • Male advantages in physical strength and spatial skills were probably more useful in the past.
  • His strength and other physical qualities already outmatch those of normal humans, but they are far from complete.
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1.2The emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult: many people find strength in religion it takes strength of character to admit one needs help
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  • In which situations did you receive strength to face difficulties?
  • In emotional and mental strength she far supersedes a man.
  • Berbizier castigated them after Paris, saying that it was more a lack of mental strength than an absence of fitness that saw them beaten.
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1.3The capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure: they were taking no chances with the strength of the retaining wall
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  • The bone tissue is normal with a normal shape but it has lost mass and density and so lacks sufficient strength to withstand the forces which normally occur in daily life.
  • It exceeds the elastic strength pressure and permissible pressure.
  • Bracing variables include wind pressure, strength of masonry, type of system, and type of strut anchorage.
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1.4The influence or power possessed by a person, organization, or country: the political and military strength of European governments
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  • A great power possesses economic, diplomatic, and military strength and influence, and its interests extend beyond its own borders.
  • They would then possess better strength and power to anticipate negative elements around them, he added.
  • The solution is a world government with a full legislature, courts, and enough military strength to enforce its power.
Synonyms
power, influence, dominance, ascendancy, supremacy
informal clout
literary puissance
1.5The degree of intensity of a feeling or belief: street protests demonstrated the strength of feeling against the president
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  • With that strength of belief, all we needed was a break.
  • Speculation that China may adjust its own currency peg and allow the yuan to rise has also lent strength to the belief that Malaysia might follow suit.
  • The strength of her belief, of her conviction, warped the dream around her.
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intensity, vehemence, force, forcefulness, depth, ardor, fervor
1.6The cogency of an argument or case: the strength of the argument for property taxation
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  • The strength of the argument, however, lies not in its ability to convince but in what it removes.
  • Many of you commented and added strength to the arguments (thanks again for that).
  • Also, addressing people by correct name and title may put more strength to your argument.
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1.7The potency, intensity, or speed of a force or natural agency: the wind had markedly increased in strength
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  • Similar considerations to those we have just given show that the weak force changes in effective strength as the energy at which it is measured increases.
  • As a hurricane gains strength, its barometric pressure reading drops.
  • We just had a wind gust report down there on the coast of hurricane force strength.
1.8The potency or degree of concentration of a drug, chemical, or drink: it’s double the strength of your average beer the solution comes in two strengths
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  • In practice, even if patients were to take the wrong strength of these drugs it would make only a small difference, but for more toxic medicines it could prove fatal.
  • The black market also makes judging the drug's strength impossible, making overdose a high likelihood.
  • The clostridium virus is believed to have come from dirt used to cut the drug to reduce its strength.
2A good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing: the strengths and weaknesses of their sales and marketing operation his strength was his obsessive single-mindedness
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  • America's economic strengths lie in qualities that are hard to distill into simple statistics or trends.
  • As you might expect, he believes his physical attributes are his greatest strengths.
  • But at the end of the day, everyone has their own unique attributes and strengths that drive them forward.
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strong point, advantage, asset, forte, aptitude, talent, skill; specialty
2.1 literary A person or thing perceived as a source of mental or emotional support: he was my closest friend, my strength and shield
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  • He was always such a strength in supporting us, not pulling back on things we held dear and believed in.
  • At this time, we remind ourselves that God is our rock, our strength, and support.
  • You are my strength and my song, my God. I trust in you and I shall not fear.
3The number of people comprising a group, typically a team or army: the peacetime strength of the army was 415,000
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  • In legal terms, these numbers don't count against the Army's end strength.
  • The plan states that the army's numerical strength should be brought down to 42,100 people by 2004.
  • We have got more than half the deployable strength of the U.S. Army there.
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size, extent, magnitude
3.1The number of people required to make a group complete: we are now more than 100 officers below strength some units will be maintained at full strength while others will rely on reserves [in combination]: an under-strength side
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  • Ballinakill were now back at full strength having been reduced to 14, midway through the opening half.
  • If police can cut crime with their present manpower levels, imagine what they could achieve at full strength.
  • Fortunately, Stackpole Community Council remains at full strength and a recent vacancy attracted interest from more than one candidate.

Origin

Old English strengthu, from the Germanic base of strong.

Phrases

from strength

From a secure or advantageous position: it makes sense to negotiate from strength
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  • The Soviet Union could now negotiate from strength.
  • The failure of the General Strike of 1926 underlined his belief that unions should negotiate from strength.
  • He negotiated from strength with the Portuguese and was elected the first president of Mozambique in 1975.

go from strength to strength

Develop or progress with increasing success.
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  • Jill's confidence increased and she has gone from strength to strength with her equestrian skills.
  • Scotland's sporting success goes from strength to strength.
  • The bad news for those who are predicting Livingston will collapse is that McNeill expects his players to go from strength to strength as the season progresses.

in strength

In large numbers: security forces were out in strength
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  • After a US victory at the town of San Antonio in 1836, Santa Anna's forces moved north in strength to retake it.
  • These fields spread out immediately through the universe without loss in strength.
  • Reduced to only three corps in strength, its fighting force was gravely diminished almost from the start.

on the strength of

On the basis or with the justification of: she got into Princeton on the strength of her essays
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  • No bank will hand over bank accounts on the strength of just a will, holographic or otherwise.
  • Then take into account that the bank on the strength of my deposit can give out around four times my deposit.
  • Not many singers can claim the credit of being popular in an alien language on the strength of just one song.
Synonyms
because of, by virtue of, on the basis of

tower (or pillar) of strength

A person who can be relied upon to give a great deal of support and comfort to others.
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  • It is stomach-turning to realise that my parents, my pillars of strength and support, are victims of my wrongdoing.
  • ‘McCrystal's been an absolute tower of strength for us this season and of course he's a massive loss,’ said O'Boyle.
  • And while most of you will vehemently disagree with me, it is a pillar of strength to know that God is there with you and supporting you.

Derivatives

strengthless

adjective
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  • It appears almost impossible to elicit a strong full sound even with the mightiest sweep of the strings: it fades away immediately, and in the next moment it already echoes away strengthless in historically subdued vapours.
  • My pace slowed back into its former, strengthless, heavy trudge.
  • If he is out of tune why is he favourite, and if Leona sings with a strengthless whistle why is she second favourite.

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