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strength / streng(k)[unvoicedth]; stren[unvoicedth]/ • n. 1. the quality or state of being strong, in particular: ∎  physical power and energy: cycling can help you build up your strength. ∎  the emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult: many people find strength in religion it takes strength of character to admit one needs help. ∎  the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure: they were taking no chances with the strength of the retaining wall. ∎  the influence or power possessed by a person, organization, or country: the political and military strength of European governments. ∎  the degree of intensity of a feeling or belief: street protests demonstrated the strength of feeling against the president. ∎  the cogency of an argument or case: the strength of the argument for property taxation. ∎  the potency, intensity, or speed of a force or natural agency: the wind had markedly increased in strength. ∎  the potency or degree of concentration of a drug, chemical, or drink: it's double the strength of your average beer| the solution comes in two strengths. 2. a good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing: the strengths and weaknesses of their sales and marketing operation his strength was his obsessive single-mindedness. ∎ poetic/lit. a person or thing perceived as a source of mental or emotional support: he was my closest friend, my strength and shield. 3. the number of people comprising a group, typically a team or army: the peacetime strength of the army was 415,000. ∎  a number of people required to make such a group complete: we are now more than 100 officers below strength some units will be maintained at full strength while others will rely on reserves | [in comb.] an under-strength side. PHRASES: from strength from a secure or advantageous position: it makes sense to negotiate from strength. go from strength to strength develop or progress with increasing success. in strength in large numbers: security forces were out in strength. on the strength of on the basis or with the justification of: she got into Princeton on the strength of her essays. tower (or pillar) of strength a person who can be relied upon to give a great deal of support and comfort to others.DERIVATIVES: strength·less adj.

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612. Strength (See also Brawniness.)

  1. acorn heraldic symbol of strength. [Heraldry: Jobes, 27]
  2. Atlas Titan condemned to bear heavens on shoulders. [Gk. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 38]
  3. Atlas, Charles (18921972) 20th-century strongman; went from 98-pound weakling to worlds strongest man. [Am. Sports: Amory, 3839]
  4. Babe Paul Bunyans blue ox; straightens roads by pulling them. [Am. Lit.: Fisher, 270]
  5. Bionic Man superman of the technological age. [TV: The Six Million Dollar Man in Terrace, II: 294295]
  6. buffalo heraldic symbol of power. [Heraldry: Halberts, 21]
  7. Bunyan, Paul legendary woodsman of prodigious strength. [Am. Folklore: Paul Bunyan ]
  8. Cyclopes one-eyed giants; builders of fortifications. [Gk. Myth.: Avery, 346]
  9. Hercules his twelve labors revealed his godlike powers. [Rom. Myth.: Howe, 122]
  10. Katinka, the Powerful a female Man Mountain Dean. [Am. Comics: Toonerville Folks in Horn, 668]
  11. Little John oak of a man in Robin Hoods band. [Br. Lit.: Robin Hood ]
  12. meginjardir Thors belt; doubled his power. [Norse Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 1076]
  13. Milo of Croton renowned athlete. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 209]
  14. Polydamas huge athlete who killed a fierce lion with his bare hands, stopped a rushing chariot, lifted a mad bull, and died attempting to stop a falling rock. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 801]
  15. Samson possessed extraordinary might which derived from hair. [O.T.: Judges 16:17]
  16. Superman caped superhero and modern-day Hercules. [Comics: Horn, 642643]

Strife (See DISCORD .)

Stubbornness (See OBSTINACY .)

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strength strength through joy the promotion of physical and cultural recreational activities among working people, from the name of Kraft durch Freude, a movement founded in Germany by the National Socialist Party in 1933.

See also tower of strength, union is strength.

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strength OE. strengðu = OHG. strengida :- Gmc. *straŋʒiþō; see STRONG, -TH1.
Hence strengthen (-EN5) XIII.

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Strength

a body of soldiers; a sufficient number.

Examples : strength of men, 1565; of people, 1500; of troops, 1400.

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