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Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
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See also Force, and forcé

English

Etymology

From Old French force, from Late Latin fortia, from neuter plural of [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] fortis (strong)

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
force

Plural
s

force (s)
  1. (uncountable) Anything that is able to make a big change in a person or thing.
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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A physical quantity that denotes ability to push, pull, twist or accelerate a body and is measured in a unit dimensioned in mass × distance/time² (ML/T²): SI: newton (N); CGS: dyne (dyn)
  2. (countable) A group that aims to attack, control, or constrain.
    police force
  3. (uncountable) The ability to attack, control, or constrain.
    show of force
  4. (countable) A magic trick in which the outcome is known to the magician beforehand, especially one involving the apparent free choice of a card by another person.
  5. A fictional semi-sentient phenomenon that certain individuals can call upon for assistance in the Star Wars stories. See also Force.
    • May the force be with you.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Legal validity.
    • The law will come into force in January.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Either unlawful violence, as in a "forced entry", or lawful compulsion.
  8. (countable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A waterfall or cascade

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Verb

Infinitive
to force

Third person singular
forc

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to force (third-person singular simple present forc, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To exert violence, compulsion, or constraint upon or against a person or thing.
  2. (transitive) To cause to occur, overcoming inertia or resistance.
    • force a decision
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To create an out by touching a base in advance of a runner who has no base to return to while in possession of a ball which has already touched the ground.
    • Jones forced the runner at second by stepping on the bag.

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French

Pronunciation

Etymology

From Late Latin fortia.

Noun

force f. (plural forces)

  1. Force.

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