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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 arms [attributive] able to perform a specified action well and powerfully:he was not a strong swimmer exerting great force:a strong current (of an argument or case) likely to succeed because of sound reasoning or convincing evidence:there is a strong argument for decentralization possessing skills and qualities that create a likelihood of success:the competition was too strong powerfully affecting the mind, senses, or emotions:his imagery made a strong impression on the critics used after a number to indicate the size of a group:a hostile crowd several thousand strong 2able to withstand great force or pressure:cotton is strong, hard-wearing, and easy to handle (of a person’s constitution) not easily affected by disease or hardship. not easily disturbed, upset, or affected:driving on these highways requires strong nerves (of a person’s character) showing determination, self-control, and good judgment:only a strong will enabled him to survive (of a market) having steadily high or rising prices. firmly held or established:a strong and trusting relationship 3(of light) very intense. (of something seen or heard) not soft or muted; clear or prominent:she should wear strong colors (of food or its flavor) distinctive and pungent:strong cheese (of a solution or drink) containing a large proportion of a particular substance; concentrated:a cup of strong coffee (of language or actions) forceful and extreme, especially excessively or unacceptably so:the government was urged to take strong measures against the perpetrators of violence Chemistry (of an acid or base) fully ionized into cations and anions in solution; having (respectively) a very low or a very high pH. 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.
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.
1behave aggressively or assertively, especially in making sexual advances to someone. 2improve one’s position considerably:he came on strong toward the end of the round