Strength

Definition of Strength

n.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.
3.Power of resisting attacks; impregnability.
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 Phœbus 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.
On the strength of
in reliance upon.
- Addison.
v. t.1.To strengthen.

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