American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Physically powerful; capable of exerting great physical force.
- adj. Marked by great physical power: a strong blow to the head.
- adj. In good or sound health; robust: a strong constitution; a strong heart.
- adj. Economically or financially sound or thriving: a strong economy.
- adj. Having force of character, will, morality, or intelligence: a strong personality.
- adj. Having or showing ability or achievement in a specified field: students who are strong in chemistry.
- adj. Capable of the effective exercise of authority: a strong leader.
- adj. Capable of withstanding force or wear; solid, tough, or firm: a strong building; a strong fabric.
- adj. Having great binding strength: a strong adhesive.
- adj. Not easily captured or defeated: a strong flank; a strong defense.
- adj. Not easily upset; resistant to harmful or unpleasant influences: strong nerves; a strong stomach.
- adj. Having force or rapidity of motion: a strong current.
- adj. Persuasive, effective, and cogent: a strong argument.
- adj. Forceful and pointed; emphatic: a strong statement.
- adj. Forthright and explicit, often offensively so: strong language.
- adj. Extreme; drastic: had to resort to strong measures.
- adj. Having force of conviction or feeling; uncompromising: strong faith; a strong supporter.
- adj. Intense in degree or quality: a strong emotion; strong motivation.
- adj. Having an intense or offensive effect on the senses: strong light; strong vinegar; strong cologne.
- adj. Clear and loud: a strong voice.
- adj. Readily noticeable; remarkable: a strong resemblance; a strong contrast.
- adj. Readily detected or received: a strong radio signal.
- adj. Having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient: mixed a strong solution of bleach and water.
- adj. Containing a considerable percentage of alcohol: strong punch.
- adj. Powerfully effective: a strong painkiller.
- adj. Characterized by a high degree of saturation.
- adj. Having a specified number of units or members: a military force 100,000 strong.
- adj. Marked by steady or rising prices: a strong market.
- adj. Linguistics Of or relating to those verbs in Germanic languages that form their past tense by a change in stem vowel, and their past participles by a change in stem vowel and sometimes by adding the suffix -(e)n, as sing, sang, sung or tear, tore, torn.
- adj. Linguistics Of or relating to the inflection of nouns or adjectives in Germanic languages with endings that historically did not contain a suffix with an n.
- adj. Stressed or accented in pronunciation or poetic meter. Used of a word or syllable.
- adv. In a strong, powerful, or vigorous manner; forcefully: a salesperson who comes on too strong.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing, exerting, or imparting force or energy, physical or moral, in a general sense; powerful; forcible; effective; capable; able to do or to suffer.
- Having vital force or capability; able to act effectively; endued with physical vigor; used absolutely, physically powerful; robust; muscular: as, a strong body; a strong hand or arm.
- Having means for exerting or resisting force; provided with adequate instrumentalities; powerful in resources or in constituent parts: as, a strong king or kingdom; a strong army; a strong corporation or mercantile house.
- Having or consisting of a large number, absolutely or relatively; numerically forcible or well provided: usually implying also some special element of strength in some or all of the units composing the number: as, a strong detachment of troops; a strong political party.
- Of specified numerical force; having so many constituent members: applied to armies, and sometimes to other bodies of men, or to animals.
- Exerting or capable of characteristic force; powerful in the kind or mode of action implied; specifically, forceful or efficient: as, a strong painter or actor; a strong voice; strong eyes.
- Vigorous in exercise or operation; acting in a firm or determined manner; not feeble or vacillating: used of the mind or any of its faculties: as, a strong-minded person; a strong intellect, memory, judgment, etc.
- Possessing moral or mental force; firm in character, knowledge, conviction, influence, or the like; not easily turned, resisted, or refuted: as, a strong candidate; a strong reasoner.
- Marked by force or vigor of performance; done, executed, produced, or uttered energetically; effected by earnest action or effort; strenuous; stressful; urgent.
- Marked by force of action or movement; vigorously impelled or sent forth; impetuous; violent; vehement: as, a strong wind; strong tides; strong breathing.
- Firm in substance or texture; capable of resisting physical force; not weak; not easily broken, rent, or destroyed: said of material things.
- Firmly fixed or constituted; having inherent force or validity; hard to affect or overcome; sound; stable; settled: as, a strong constitution or organization (of body, mind, government, etc.); strong arguments, reasons, or evidence; to take a strong hold, or get a strong advantage; a strong project.
- Vigorous or extreme in kind; specifically, distinct or exceptional; bold; striking; effective; forceful; conspicuous: as, strong invectives; a strong attraction.
- Intense or thorough in quality; having a high degree of the proper specific character; not mild, weak, dull, insipid, or ineffective: as, strong drink; strong tea; a strong infusion; strong lights and shadows; a strong color.
- Intense or intensified in degree; existing in great amount or force; forcibly impressive to feeling or sensation: used of either active or passive qualities: as, strong love or devotion; a strong flavor or scent.
- Forcibly offensive in quality; repellent to sense or sensation; ill-tasting or ill-smelling; rank; rancid; tainted.
- In com., specifically, firm; favorable to gain; steadily good or advancing; active; profitable: as, a strong market; strong prices; to do a strong business.
- In grammar, inflected— as a verb, by a change of the radical vowel instead of by regular syllabic addition: opposed to weak: thus, find (found), speak (spake or spoke, spoken), strike (struck, stricken), and swim (swam, swum) are strong verbs
- as a noun or an adjective, with fuller retention of older case-distinctions: thus, German Buch is called of strong declension, and Held of weak. Strong and weak are purely fanciful terms, introduced by J. Grimm; they belong properly to Germanic words alone, but are occasionally applied to similar phenomena in other languages also.
- In photography, same as dense, 3.
- Aqua fortis, or some other strong biting acid.
- Synonyms Sturdy, Stout, etc. (see robust); hardy, sinewy.
- Tenacious, tough.
- Pungent, sharp.
- Strongly; very; exceedingly.
- An obsolete past participle of string.
- Tenacious, so that the particles when compressed separate with difficulty: used of molding-sand containing a large proportion of alumina or clay.
- adj. Capable of producing great physical force.
- adj. Capable of withstanding great physical force.
- adj. fast moving water, wind, etc, which has a lot of power.
- adj. Determined; unyielding.
- adj. Highly stimulating to the senses.
- adj. Having an offensive or intense odor or flavor.
- adj. Having a high concentration of an essential or active ingredient.
- adj. specifically Having a high alcoholic content.
- adj. grammar Inflecting in a different manner than the one called weak, such as Germanic verbs which change vowels
- adj. military Not easily subdued or taken.
- adj. slang, US Impressive, good.
- adj. Having a specified number of people or units.
- adj. of a disease or symptom severe (very bad or intense)
- adj. mathematics, logic having a wide range of logical consequences.
- adv. In a strong manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having active physical power, or great physical power to act; having a power of exerting great bodily force; vigorous.
- adj. Having passive physical power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; hale; sound; robust.
- adj. Solid; tough; not easily broken or injured; able to withstand violence; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken
- adj. Having great military or naval force; powerful.
- adj. Having great wealth, means, or resources.
- adj. Reaching a certain degree or limit in respect to strength or numbers.
- adj. Moving with rapidity or force; violent; forcible; impetuous.
- adj. Adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; striking or superior of the kind; powerful; forcible; cogent.
- adj. Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged
- adj. Having virtues of great efficacy; or, having a particular quality in a great degree
- adj. Full of spirit; containing a large proportion of alcohol; intoxicating.
- adj. Affecting any sense powerfully
- adj. Solid; nourishing.
- adj. Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered
- adj. Violent; vehement; earnest; ardent.
- adj. Having great force, vigor, power, or the like, as the mind, intellect, or any faculty.
- adj. Vigorous; effective; forcible; powerful.
- adj. (Stock Exchange) Tending to higher prices; rising.
- adj. Pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit (imperfect) by a variation in the root vowel, and the past participle (usually) by the addition of
-en(with or without a change of the root vowel); as in the verbs strive, strove, striven; break, broke, broken; drink, drank, drunk. Opposed to weak, or regular. See Weak.
- adj. Applied to forms in Anglo-Saxon, etc., which retain the old declensional endings. In the Teutonic languages the vowel stems have held the original endings most firmly, and are called
strong; the stems in -nare called weakother constant stems conform, or are irregular.
- adj. of verbs not having standard (or regular) inflection
- adj. having strength or power greater than average or expected
- adj. immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with
- adj. of good quality and condition; solidly built
- adj. not faint or feeble
- adj. strong and sure
- adj. having or wielding force or authority
- adj. having a strong physiological or chemical effect
- adj. being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
- adj. freshly made or left
- From Middle English strong, from Old English strang, from Proto-Germanic *strangaz, from Proto-Indo-European *streng-, *strenk- (“taut, stiff, tight”). Compare Dutch, German, and Danish streng. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English strang. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“_Make him strong, O God, -- make him strong_," requested William Sewall, fervently.”
“They say, poor suitors have strong breaths; they shall know we have _strong arms, too_.”
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“Other than that, I’m talking about how many different strong flours you can get in the UK; which I’m kind of jealous of I usually pack strong flour in my suitcases whevener I visit British friends – strong flour, extra strong flour… We definitely don’t get flour labelled as ’strong flour’ here in France; may be I’ll have to wait.”
“Yes!' returned the other; 'but I want a strong one -- _strong_, do you hear?”
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“Trichet said "risks to the outlook for price stability are to the upside" and "strong vigilance" is necessary — the term "strong vigilance" is regarded by economists as code for an increase at next month's meeting.”
“German government bonds dipped when Mr. Trichet used the phrase "strong vigilance" but climbed after the ECB lowered its forecast for euro-zone gross domestic product.”
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