Meaning of strength

strength

Pronunciation: (strengkth, strength, strenth), [key]
— n.
  1. the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
  2. mental power, force, or vigor.
  3. moral power, firmness, or courage.
  4. power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc.
  5. number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body: a regiment with a strength of 3000.
  6. effective force, potency, or cogency, as of inducements or arguments: the strength of his plea.
  7. power of resisting force, strain, wear, etc.
  8. vigor of action, language, feeling, etc.
  9. the effective or essential properties characteristic of a beverage, chemical, or the like: The alcoholic strength of brandy far exceeds that of wine.
  10. a particular proportion or concentration of these properties; intensity, as of light, color, sound, flavor, or odor: coffee of normal strength.
  11. something or someone that gives one strength or is a source of power or encouragement; sustenance: The Bible was her strength and joy.
  12. power to rise or remain firm in prices: Stocks continued to show strength. The pound declined in strength.
  13. on the basis of; relying on: He was accepted by the college on the strength of ardent personal recommendations.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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