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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Strength  \Strength\,  v.  t. 
  To  strengthen.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Strength  \Strength\,  n.  [OE.  strengthe,  AS  streng[eth]u,  fr 
  strang  strong.  See  {Strong}.] 
  1.  The  quality  or  state  of  being  strong;  ability  to  do  or  to 
  bear;  capacity  for  exertion  or  endurance,  whether 
  physical,  intellectual,  or  moral;  force;  vigor;  power;  as 
  strength  of  body  or  of  the  arm;  strength  of  mind,  of 
  memory,  or  of  judgment. 
 
  All  his  [Samson's]  strength  in  his  hairs  were 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  Thou  must  outlive  Thy  youth,  thy  strength,  thy 
  beauty.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Power  to  resist  force;  solidity  or  toughness;  the  quality 
  of  bodies  by  which  they  endure  the  application  of  force 
  without  breaking  or  yielding;  --  in  this  sense  opposed  to 
  {frangibility};  as  the  strength  of  a  bone,  of  a  beam,  of 
  a  wall,  a  rope,  and  the  like  ``The  brittle  strength  of 
  bones.''  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Power  of  resisting  attacks;  impregnability.  ``Our  castle's 
  strength  will  laugh  a  siege  to  scorn.''  --Shak. 
 
  4.  That  quality  which  tends  to  secure  results;  effective 
  power  in  an  institution  or  enactment;  security;  validity; 
  legal  or  moral  force;  logical  conclusiveness;  as  the 
  strength  of  social  or  legal  obligations;  the  strength  of 
  law;  the  strength  of  public  opinion;  strength  of  evidence; 
  strength  of  argument. 
 
  5.  One  who  or  that  which  is  regarded  as  embodying  or 
  affording  force,  strength,  or  firmness;  that  on  which 
  confidence  or  reliance  is  based;  support;  security. 
 
  God  is  our  refuge  and  strength.  --Ps.  xlvi.  1. 
 
  What  they  boded  would  be  a  mischief  to  us  you  are 
  providing  shall  be  one  of  our  principal  strengths. 
  --Sprat. 
 
  Certainly  there  is  not  a  greater  strength  against 
  temptation.  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  6.  Force  as  measured;  amount,  numbers,  or  power  of  any  body, 
  as  of  an  army,  a  navy,  and  the  like  as  what  is  the 
  strength  of  the  enemy  by  land,  or  by  sea? 
 
  7.  Vigor  or  style;  force  of  expression;  nervous  diction;  -- 
  said  of  literary  work 
 
  And  praise  the  easy  vigor  of  a  life  Where  Denham's 
  strength  and  Waller's  sweetness  join  --Pope. 
 
  8.  Intensity;  --  said  of  light  or  color. 
 
  Bright  Ph[oe]bus  in  his  strength.  --Shak. 
 
  9.  Intensity  or  degree  of  the  distinguishing  and  essential 
  element;  spirit;  virtue;  excellence;  --  said  of  liquors, 
  solutions,  etc.;  as  the  strength  of  wine  or  of  acids. 
 
  10.  A  strong  place  a  stronghold.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  {On},  or  {Upon},  {the  strength  of},  in  reliance  upon  ``The 
  allies,  after  a  successful  summer,  are  too  apt,  upon  the 
  strength  of  it  to  neglect  their  preparations  for  the 
  ensuing  campaign.''  --Addison. 
 
  Syn:  Force;  robustness;  toughness;  hardness;  stoutness; 
  brawniness;  lustiness;  firmness;  puissance;  support; 
  spirit;  validity;  authority.  See  {Force}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  strength 
  n  1:  the  property  of  being  physically  or  mentally  strong; 
  "fatigue  sapped  his  strength"  [ant:  {weakness}] 
  2:  capability  in  terms  of  personnel  and  materiel;  "we  faced  an 
  army  of  great  strength"  [syn:  {military  capability}] 
  3:  physical  energy  or  intensity:  "he  hit  with  all  the  force  he 
  could  muster";  "it  was  destroyed  by  the  strength  of  the 
  gale";  "a  government  has  not  the  vitality  and  forcefulness 
  of  a  living  man"  [syn:  {force},  {forcefulness}] 
  4:  an  asset  of  special  worth  or  utility;  "cooking  is  his  forte" 
  [syn:  {forte},  {long  suit},  {metier},  {specialty},  {speciality}, 
  {strong  point}]  [ant:  {weak  point}] 
  5:  the  power  to  induce  the  taking  of  a  course  of  action  or  the 
  embracing  of  a  point  of  view  by  means  of  argument  or 
  entreaty;  "the  strength  of  his  argument  settled  the 
  matter"  [syn:  {persuasiveness}]  [ant:  {unpersuasiveness}] 
  6:  a  measure  of  the  amount  of  energy  transmitted  (as  by 
  acoustic  or  electromagnetic  radiation);  "he  adjusted  the 
  intensity  of  the  sound";  "they  measured  the  station's 
  signal  strength"  [syn:  {intensity}] 
  7:  capacity  to  produce  strong  physiological  or  chemical 
  effects:  "the  toxin's  potency";  "the  strength  of  the 
  drinks"  [syn:  {potency},  {effectiveness}] 
  8:  the  condition  of  financial  success;  "the  strength  of  the 
  company's  stock  in  recent  weeks"  [ant:  {weakness}] 
  9:  permanence  by  virtue  of  the  power  to  resist  stress  or  force; 
  "they  advertised  the  durability  of  their  products"  [syn:  {lastingness}, 
  {durability},  {enduringness}] 




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