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STRENGTH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does strength mean? 

STRENGTH (noun)
  The noun STRENGTH has 9 senses:

1. the property of being physically or mentally strong
2. capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
3. physical energy or intensity
4. an asset of special worth or utility
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
6. the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)
7. capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects
8. the condition of financial success
9. permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force

  Familiarity information: STRENGTH used as a noun is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


STRENGTH (noun)


Sense 1strength [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of being physically or mentally strong

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

fatigue sapped his strength

Hypernyms ("strength" is a kind of...):

property (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class)

Attribute:

delicate (exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury)

rugged (sturdy and strong in constitution or construction; enduring)

strong (having strength or power greater than average or expected)

weak (having little physical or spiritual strength)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "strength"):

good part (a place of especial strength)

invulnerability (the property of being invulnerable; the property of being incapable of being hurt (physically or emotionally))

endurance (the power to withstand hardship or stress)

indomitability; invincibility (the property being difficult or impossible to defeat)

firmness; soundness (the muscle tone of healthy tissue)

sturdiness (the property of something that is strongly built)

stalwartness; stoutness (the property of being strong and resolute)

huskiness; ruggedness; toughness (the property of being big and strong)

hardiness; lustiness; robustness (the property of being strong and healthy in constitution)

dynamism; heartiness; vigor; vigour (active strength of body or mind)

might; mightiness; power (physical strength)

brawn; brawniness; heftiness; muscle; muscularity; sinew (possessing muscular strength)

Antonym:

weakness (the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain)


Sense 2strength [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

military strength; military posture; military capability; strength; posture

Context examples:

we faced an army of great strength / politicians have neglected our military posture

Hypernyms ("strength" is a kind of...):

capability; capableness (the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "strength"):

sea power (naval strength)

firepower ((military) the relative capacity for delivering fire on a target)


Sense 3strength [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Physical energy or intensity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

forcefulness; strength; force

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("strength" is a kind of...):

intensity; intensiveness (high level or degree; the property of being intense)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "strength"):

energy; vigor; vigour; zip (forceful exertion)

impulse; momentum (an impelling force or strength)

brunt (main force of a blow etc)


Sense 4strength [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An asset of special worth or utility

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

forte; metier; speciality; specialty; strong point; strong suit; long suit; strength

Context example:

cooking is his forte

Hypernyms ("strength" is a kind of...):

asset; plus (a useful or valuable quality)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "strength"):

green fingers; green thumb (a special ability to make plants grow)


Sense 5strength [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

persuasiveness; strength

Context example:

the strength of his argument settled the matter

Hypernyms ("strength" is a kind of...):

power; powerfulness (possession of controlling influence)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "strength"):

convincingness (the power of argument or evidence to cause belief)


Sense 6strength [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

intensity; intensity level; strength

Context examples:

he adjusted the intensity of the sound / they measured the station's signal strength

Hypernyms ("strength" is a kind of...):

magnitude (the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "strength"):

half-intensity (half the maximum intensity)

acoustic power; sound pressure level (the physical intensity of sound)

candlepower; light intensity (luminous intensity measured in candelas)

field intensity; field strength (the vector sum of all the forces exerted by an electrical or magnetic field (on a unit mass or unit charge or unit magnetic pole) at a given point in the field)

threshold level (the intensity level that is just barely perceptible)

radio brightness (the strength of a radio wave picked up by a radio telescope)


Sense 7strength [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

potency; effectiveness; strength

Context examples:

the toxin's potency / the strength of the drinks

Hypernyms ("strength" is a kind of...):

power; powerfulness (possession of controlling influence)

Attribute:

potent; stiff; strong (having a strong physiological or chemical effect)

impotent (lacking power or ability)


Sense 8strength [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The condition of financial success

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

the strength of the company's stock in recent weeks

Hypernyms ("strength" is a kind of...):

prosperity; successfulness (the condition of prospering; having good fortune)

Antonym:

weakness (the condition of being financially weak)


Sense 9strength [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

durability; enduringness; lastingness; strength

Context example:

they advertised the durability of their products

Hypernyms ("strength" is a kind of...):

permanence; permanency (the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "strength"):

everlastingness (the property of lasting forever)

changelessness (the property of remaining unchanged)

continuity; persistence (the property of a continuous and connected period of time)

indestructibility (the strength to resist destruction)

tensile strength (the strength of material expressed as the greatest longitudinal stress it can bear without tearing apart)


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