adjective (stronger /ˈstrôNGgər/, strongest /ˈstrôNGgist/)
- 1Having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks: she cut through the water with her strong armsMore example sentences
- Polar bears have a heavy stout body with strong muscular legs and well-developed neck muscles.
- Get these out of the way while you're fresh and strong enough to use heavy weight.
- The man facing them was taller than both by a few inches, and had strong, brawny arms.
- 1.1 [attributive] Able to perform a specified action well and powerfully: he was not a strong swimmerMore example sentences
- Thresher sharks can grow up to 20 ft and are strong swimmers who can completely vault out of water.
- The spokesman explained that, if caught in a rip tide, strong swimmers should swim for shore at a 45 angle to the current.
- Myra's grief was tinged with guilt that she, the strong swimmer who could have saved him, should have been there with him that day.
- 1.2Exerting great force: a strong current
- 1.3(Of an argument or case) likely to succeed because of sound reasoning or convincing evidence: there is a strong argument for decentralizationMore example sentences
- Does that argument reveal a strong case for electoral reform in Canada?
- The evidence suggests that a strong case can be made for a planned strategy using militia.
- If the case is as strong as it sounds, then it may settle on favorable terms to the white plaintiffs.
- 1.4Possessing skills and qualities that create a likelihood of success: the competition was too strongMore example sentences
- Fear is a powerful motivator, and it takes strong ethics to resist the temptation to abuse it.
- He said attitudinal change among the people is a strong weapon to defeat the cult of violence.
- I resisted the strong temptation to tell him to go jump off a cliff, and kept quiet.
- 1.5Powerfully affecting the mind, senses, or emotions: his imagery made a strong impression on the criticsMore example sentences
- Her crunch has the ability to sense strong emotion and she could track me here.
- In the minds of Chinese, this history inspires a strong sense of indignation.
- Her strong sense of duty called to mind her grandfather George V and Queen Victoria.
- 2Able to withstand great force or pressure: cotton is strong, hard-wearing, and easy to handleMore example sentences
- By 1216 the castle was sufficiently strong to withstand a siege by forces opposed to King John.
- Basically any pumpkin that is strong enough to withstand sharp carving tools can be used for making designs.
- You are entitled to goods which are not faulty and are strong enough to withstand normal use for a reasonable period of time.
- 2.1(Of a person’s constitution) not easily affected by disease or hardship.More example sentences
- Hmm, you've got to have a pretty strong constitution to whack down two uncooked eggs as Mr Hogg suggests.
- And, frankly that would have any man with a strong constitution running for The Other Bus.
- To explore the hole you needed a very long ladder and a strong constitution: it stank and was crawling with rats.
- 2.2Not easily disturbed, upset, or affected: driving on these highways requires strong nervesMore example sentences
- The British male, once known for his strong emotional reserve, is turning into what some might call a cry baby.
- 2.3(Of a person’s character) showing determination, self-control, and good judgment: only a strong will enabled him to surviveMore example sentences
- Despite being paralysed from the neck down after a car accident, Clive was a strong and independent character, she said.
- A man possessed of a strong independent spirit, he lived on his own in Derreens until his early nineties.
- The new Bollywood stars are role models for them, strong, independent and bold.
- 2.4(Of a market) having steadily high or rising prices.More example sentences
- It is prudent to be cautious, especially in a strong market where prices are high.
- Analysis of historical data shows that strong market runs are followed by periods where indexes mark time.
- Certainly a strong recovery and a rising stock market will increase tax revenues.
- 2.5Firmly held or established: a strong and trusting relationshipMore example sentences
- I look forward to establishing a strong working relationship with you and to continue representing your company.
- They have strong beliefs, but strong beliefs firmly anchored in the real and the achievable.
- This Institute has already established a strong track record in the research arena.
- 3(Of light) very intense.More example sentences
- Bright lights, especially flashing lights, and strong smells, can also bring on an attack.
- Sometimes we had to break down doors, and that was hard for my guys who are going from strong sunlight into interiors that could be hostile.
- Throughout the dream, I am overwhelmed by a strong smell of dampness.
- 3.1(Of something seen or heard) not soft or muted; clear or prominent: she should wear strong colorsMore example sentences
- The male with the wheat colored hair and strong hawk like feature came forward, behind Mint, surprising her.
- This collection as usual, featured lots of strong colors and a variety of shapes.
- She heard Vasic's voice, soft yet strong enough to cut through the chatter.
- 3.2(Of food or its flavor) distinctive and pungent: strong cheeseMore example sentences
- The chicken tasted very fresh and the sauce was delicious with a strong mustard flavour.
- It proved fresh and filling with a strong tomato flavour and far too much pasta for a mere mortal to consume in one session.
- It had a dark orange sauce with a strong coconut flavour that was really quite enticing.
- 3.3(Of a solution or drink) containing a large proportion of a particular substance; concentrated: a cup of strong coffeeMore example sentences
- To drink strong liquor is also useful since nights get rather cold on the grasslands.
- The jury heard how Hart had drunk strong coffee repeatedly as he drove, had the driver's window wound fully down and the car radio on.
- Also on display was his lager and strong ale, so we gave it a quality control test, to make sure that they still tasted good.
- 3.4(Of language or actions) forceful and extreme, especially excessively or unacceptably so: the government was urged to take strong measures against the perpetrators of violenceMore example sentences
- Apart from the sexually explicit scenes, the language is very strong.
- Their language is so strong, we've got to redefine, we've gotta take back words.
- The language is strong beyond maximum Trebor strength yet never jars; the performances even stronger.
- 3.5 Chemistry (Of an acid or base) fully ionized into cations and anions in solution; having (respectively) a very low or a very high pH.More example sentences
- Addition of a strong base to a solution of a strong acid is just the reverse process.
- This process is complicated by the fact that nitric acid acts as a strong oxidizing agent as well as an acid.
- They require either a strong oxidizing agent to react with an acid or they undergo no reaction at all.
- 4 Grammar Denoting a class of verbs in Germanic languages that form the past tense and past participle by a change of vowel within the stem rather than by addition of a suffix (e.g., swim, swam, swum) ; contrasted with weak.More example sentences
- It is very concrete, and consists of strong nouns and a strong verb, with no modifiers.
- 5 Physics Of, relating to, or denoting the strongest of the known kinds of force between particles, which acts between nucleons and other hadrons when closer than about 10−13 cm (so binding protons in a nucleus despite the repulsion due to their charge), and which conserves strangeness, parity, and isospin.More example sentences
- Protons and neutrons are held together in a nucleus of an atom by the strong force.
- His special theory of relativity does not work around strong gravitational fields.
- In a strong electric field, free electrons can be accelerated onto its inner surface.
come on strong • informal
- 1Behave aggressively or assertively, especially in making sexual advances to someone.More example sentences
- No matter - a guy too gentle at heart to convincingly come on strong is welcome in this era of musical command sexuality, and he's certainly no prude.
- So she drives me to the beach, two minutes from where I'm staying, and starts coming on strong.
- 2Improve one’s position considerably: he came on strong toward the end of the roundMore example sentences
- ‘He is coming on strong and improves season on season,’ the Celtic manager said of the Bulgarian midfielder.
- SuperTarget is coming on strong, considering its two stores hold 1.6 percent of the market, adding a 0.75 percentage point over the year.
- Price came on strong toward the end of last season.
- • informal Continuing to be healthy, vigorous, or successful: the program is still going strong after twelve episodesMore example sentences
- The radio station turned out to be very successful and is still going strong.
- Spirit photography may have faded away, but spiritualism itself is going strong.
- The Champions are still going strong after all these years, and continue to be a very entertaining outfit.
- Good at: he is strong on comedyMore example sentences
- Lord of the Rings and Moulin Rouge are both strong on spectacle, and as such they're very unusual ‘Best Picture’ candidates.
- But when a comic book is strong on content, this becomes less important.
- It's strong on atmosphere, with its blue-grey waterscapes and grimy clinches in cramped cabins, and best of all, it doesn't try to do too much.
- Possessing large quantities of: our pizza wasn’t strong on pepperoniMore example sentences
- ‘New Labour is very strong on explaining politics to people,’ he said.
- The first real surprise, though, is the sheer scale of the menu, which is exceptionally strong on seafood.
- Daily Ireland is cleanly executed, very strong on sport - there is even a page on disabled sport - and has a useful business page.
one's strong point
- Something at which one excels: arithmetic had never been my strong pointMore example sentences
- However, reliability is nor your strong point.
- But you're go-getting ways prevail, and you take charge of what's important because prioritizing is your strong point.
- Sociology and statistics don't seem to be your strong point, Mr Newton.
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- My ideal political scenario would be Labour c.2002 and a strongish Alliance Party.
- So far back was the tee on a day when the hole was played into a strongish breeze, that many of the field were unable even to reach the fairway.
- On the other hand, Damase's Quatre Facettes on the final track are generally of a strongish character.
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- We would strongly advise that vehicles are not left unattended with the engine running.
- War and media are linked so strongly that their synergy is something to behold.
- They use their cars to save time and strongly dislike other forms of transport.
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German streng, also to string.