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Accelerating force

  • the force which causes accelerated motion.
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aerodynamic force

  • noun forces acting on airfoils in motion relative to the air (or other gaseous fluids)
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air force

  • noun the airborne branch of a country's armed forces
    airforce.
  • noun the airforce of the United States of America; the agency that defends the United States through control and exploitation of air and space
    USAF; United States Air Force; U. S. Air Force; Air Force.
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air force academy

  • noun an academy for training air force officers
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air force intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance

  • noun an agency focused on ensuring that the United States military attains information superiority; operates worldwide ground sites and an array of airborne reconnaissance and surveillance platforms
    AFISR; Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance.
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air force isr

  • noun an agency focused on ensuring that the United States military attains information superiority; operates worldwide ground sites and an array of airborne reconnaissance and surveillance platforms
    AFISR; Air Force Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance.
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air force officer

  • noun an officer in the airforce
    commander.
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air force research laboratory

  • noun a United States Air Force defense laboratory responsible for discovering and developing and integrating fighting technologies for aerospace forces
    AFRL.
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air force space command

  • noun a command of the United States Air Force that is responsible for defending the United States through its space and intercontinental ballistic missile operations
    AFSPC.
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Animal force

  • (Physiol.), muscular force or energy.
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armed forces

  • noun the military forces of a nation
    military; armed services; military machine; war machine.
    • their military is the largest in the region
    • the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker
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armed forces censorship

  • noun military censorship of personal communications to or from persons in the armed forces
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armed forces day

  • noun the 3rd Saturday in May
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attractive force

  • noun the force by which one object attracts another
    attraction.
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By main force

  • by mere force or sheer force; by violent effort; as, to subdue insurrection by main force.
    That Maine which by main force Warwick did win. Shak.
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Catabiotic force

  • Gr. down (intens.) + life. (Biol.), the influence exerted by living structures on adjoining cells, by which the latter are developed in harmony with the primary structures.
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Catalytic force

  • that form of chemical energy formerly supposed to determine catalysis.
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catholic reaction force

  • noun a radical terrorist group dedicated to the removal of British forces from Northern Ireland and the unification of Ireland
    Irish National Liberation Army; People's Liberation Army; INLA; People's Republican Army.
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Central force

  • (Math.), a force acting upon a body towards or away from a fixed or movable center.
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Centrifugal force

  • noun the outward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body
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  • (Mech.), a force whose direction is from a center.
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Centrifugal force, Centripetal force, Coercive force, etc.

  • See under Centrifugal, Centripetal, etc.
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Centripetal force

  • noun the inward force on a body moving in a curved path around another body
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  • (Mech.), a force whose direction is towards a center, as in case of a planet revolving round the sun, the center of the system, See Centrifugal force, under Centrifugal.
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CoerciveCoercitive force

  • (Magnetism), the power or force which in iron or steel produces a slowness or difficulty in imparting magnetism to it, and also interposes an obstacle to the return of a bar to its natural state when active magnetism has ceased. It plainly depends on the molecular constitution of the metal.
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color force

  • noun (physics) the interaction that binds protons and neutrons together in the nuclei of atoms; mediated by gluons
    strong interaction; color force.
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Component of force

  • (Mech.), a force which, acting conjointly with one or more forces, produces the effect of a single force or resultant; one of a number of forces into which a single force may be resolved.
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Composition of forces

  • (Mech.), the finding of a single force (called the resultant) which shall be equal in effect to two or more given forces (called the components) when acting in given directions. Herbert.
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Composition of forces, Correlation of forces, etc.

  • See under Composition, Correlation, etc.
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Conservation of energy, ∨ Conservation of force

  • (Mech.), the principle that the total energy of any material system is a quantity which can neither be increased nor diminished by any action between the parts of the system, though it may be transformed into any of the forms of which energy is susceptible.
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coriolis force

  • noun (physics) a force due to the earth's rotation; acts on a body in motion (airplane or projectile) in a rotating reference frame; in a rotating frame of reference Newton's second law of motion can be made to apply if in addition to the real forces acting on a body a Coriolis force and a centrifugal force are introduced
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Correlation of forces

  • the relation between the forces which matter, endowed with various forms of energy, may exert.
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Decomposition of forces

  • . Same as Resolution of forces, under Resolution.
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defence force

  • noun an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
    defence force; defense; defence.
    • he joined the defense against invasion
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defense force

  • noun an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
    defence force; defense; defence.
    • he joined the defense against invasion
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Deflective forces

  • forces that cause a body to deviate from its course.
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driving force

  • noun the act of applying force to propel something
    thrust; drive.
    • after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off
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electrical line of force

  • noun a line of force in an electrical field
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Electro-motive force

  • (Physics), the force which produces, or tends to produce, electricity, or an electric current; sometimes used to express the degree of electrification as equivalent to potential, or more properly difference of potential.
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electromotive force

  • noun the rate at which energy is drawn from a source that produces a flow of electricity in a circuit; expressed in volts
    emf; voltage.
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electromotive force series

  • noun a serial arrangement of metallic elements or ions according to their electrode potentials determined under specified conditions; the order shows the tendency of one metal to reduce the ions of any other metal below it in the series
    electromotive series; electrochemical series.
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field of force

  • noun the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it
    field; field of force.
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force 17

  • noun formed in 1972 as a personal security force for Arafat and other PLO leaders; became one of PLO's elite units; has built an extensive infrastructure of terrorist cells and weapon depots in Europe while attacking Israeli targets
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Force and arms

  • trans. of L. vi et armis (Law), an expression in old indictments, signifying violence.
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force back

  • verb cause to move back by force or influence
    repulse; beat back; repel; drive; push back.
    • repel the enemy
    • push back the urge to smoke
    • beat back the invaders
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force feed

  • noun mechanical system of lubricating internal combustion engines in which a pump forces oil into the engine bearings
    lubricating system; force feed; pressure feed; pressure-feed lubricating system.
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force field

  • noun the space around a radiating body within which its electromagnetic oscillations can exert force on another similar body not in contact with it
    field; field of force.
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force majeure

  • noun a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events
    act of God; inevitable accident; unavoidable casualty; vis major.
    • he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God
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force out

  • noun a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base
    force play; force out; force.
    • the shortstop got the runner at second on a force
  • verb force to leave (an office)
    depose.
  • verb terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
    give the axe; send away; give the sack; fire; dismiss; terminate; displace; sack; give notice; can.
    • The boss fired his secretary today
    • The company terminated 25% of its workers
  • verb force or drive out
    rouse; rout out; drive out.
    • The police routed them out of bed at 2 A.M.
  • verb press, force, or thrust out of a small space
    crowd out.
    • The weeds crowded out the flowers
  • verb expel from one's property or force to move out by a legal process
    evict.
    • The landlord evicted the tenants after they had not paid the rent for four months
  • verb cause to come out in a squirt
    squirt; squeeze out; eject.
    • the boy squirted water at his little sister
  • verb force with the thumb
    gouge.
    • gouge out his eyes
  • verb emit or cause to move with force of effort
    • force out the air
    • force out the splinter
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force per unit area

  • noun the force applied to a unit area of surface; measured in pascals (SI unit) or in dynes (cgs unit)
    pressure level; pressure.
    • the compressed gas exerts an increased pressure
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force play

  • noun a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base
    force play; force out; force.
    • the shortstop got the runner at second on a force
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force pump

  • noun pump used to force a liquid up and expel it under pressure
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Force" pump`
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  1. (Mach.) (a) A pump having a solid piston, or plunger, for drawing and forcing a liquid, as water, through the valves; in distinction from a pump having a bucket, or valved piston. (b) A pump adapted for delivering water at a considerable height above the pump, or under a considerable pressure; in distinction from one which lifts the water only to the top of the pump or delivers it through a spout. See Illust. of Plunger pump, under Plunger.
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force unit

  • noun a unit of measurement of physical force
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force-feed

  • verb feed someone who will not or cannot eat
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force-feed lubricating system

  • noun mechanical system of lubricating internal combustion engines in which a pump forces oil into the engine bearings
    lubricating system; force feed; pressure feed; pressure-feed lubricating system.
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force-land

  • verb make a forced landing
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force-out

  • noun a putout of a base runner who is required to run; the putout is accomplished by holding the ball while touching the base to which the runner must advance before the runner reaches that base
    force play; force out; force.
    • the shortstop got the runner at second on a force
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forced feeding

  • noun feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat
    gavage.
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forced landing

  • noun an unscheduled airplane landing that is made under circumstances (engine failure or adverse weather) not under the pilot's control
    emergency landing.
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forced sale

  • noun a sale of property by the sheriff under authority of a court's writ of execution in order satisfy an unpaid obligation
    judicial sale; sheriff's sale; execution sale.
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forces of umar al-mukhtar

  • noun a little known Palestinian group responsible for bombings and for killing Israelis; seeks to defeat Israel and liberate southern Lebanon, Palestine, and Golan Heights
    Forces of Umar Al-Mukhtar.
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forcing out

  • noun the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting
    expulsion; ejection; projection.
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former armed forces

  • noun a terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the government dominated by Tutsi and to institute Hutu control again
    FAR; Army for the Liberation of Rwanda; Interahamwe; ALIR.
    • in 1999 ALIR guerrillas kidnapped and killed eight foreign tourists
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g-force

  • noun a unit of force equal to the force exerted by gravity; used to indicate the force to which a body is subjected when it is accelerated
    gee; g.
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gravitational force

  • noun (physics) the force of attraction between all masses in the universe; especially the attraction of the earth's mass for bodies near its surface
    gravitation; gravity; gravitational attraction.
    • the more remote the body the less the gravity
    • the gravitation between two bodies is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them
    • gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love"--Albert Einstein
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ground forces

  • noun a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state
    regular army; army.
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guerilla force

  • noun an irregular armed force that fights by sabotage and harassment; often rural and organized in large groups
    guerilla force.
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guerrilla force

  • noun an irregular armed force that fights by sabotage and harassment; often rural and organized in large groups
    guerilla force.
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Horizontal force

  • (Physics), the horizontal component of the earth's magnetic force.
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in force

  • adjective satellite exerting force or influence
    in effect; good; effective.
    • the law is effective immediately
    • a warranty good for two years
    • the law is already in effect (or in force)
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In force, ∨ Of force

  • of unimpaired efficacy; valid; of full virtue; not suspended or reversed. "A testament is of force after men are dead." Heb. ix. 17.
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israeli defense force

  • noun the ground and air and naval forces of Israel
    IDF.
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join forces

  • verb work together on a common enterprise of project
    collaborate; get together; cooperate.
    • The soprano and the pianist did not get together very well
    • We joined forces with another research group
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labor force

  • noun the source of trained people from which workers can be hired
    labor pool.
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Land force

  • a military force serving on land, as distinguished from a naval force.
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  • noun a violent terrorist group organized in the 1980s and advocating the overthrow of the Chilean military government; leaders are mainly criminals or impoverished youths
    Lautaro Youth Movement; Lautaro Faction of the United Popular Action Movement.
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Leverage of a force

  • the perpendicular distance from the line in which a force acts upon a body to a point about which the body may be supposed to turn.
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life force

  • noun (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
    elan vital; life force; vitality.
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Line of force

  • noun an imaginary line in a field of force; direction of the line at any point is the direction of the force at that point
    field line.
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  • (Physics), any line in a space in which forces are acting, so drawn that at every point of the line its tangent is the direction of the resultant of all the forces. It cuts at right angles every equipotential surface which it meets. Specifically (Magnetism), a line in proximity to a magnet so drawn that any point in it is tangential with the direction of a short compass needle held at that point. Faraday.
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Living force

  • . See Vis viva, under Vis.
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lorentz force

  • noun the force experienced by a point charge moving along a wire that is in a magnetic field; the force is at right angles to both the current and the magnetic field
    • the Lorentz force can be used to suspend a current-carrying object between two magnets
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loyalist volunteer force

  • noun a terrorist group formed in 1996 in Northern Ireland; seeks to prevent the peace process; murders Catholics and any Protestant leaders who favor peace
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Magnetic field, ∨ Field of magnetic force

  • any space through which magnet exerts its influence.
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magnetic force

  • noun attraction for iron; associated with electric currents as well as magnets; characterized by fields of force
    magnetic attraction; magnetism.
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magnetic line of force

  • noun a line of force in a magnetic field
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magnetomotive force

  • noun the force that produces magnetic flux
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magnetomotive force unit

  • noun a unit of measurement of magnetomotive force
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market forces

  • noun the interaction of supply and demand that shapes a market economy
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Metabolic force

  • (Physiol.), the influence which causes and controls the metabolism of the body.
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military force

  • noun a unit that is part of some military service
    military unit; force; military group.
    • he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men
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Moment of a force

  • . (Mech.) (a) With respect to a point, the product of the intensity of the force into the perpendicular distance from the point to the line of direction of the force . (b) With respect to a line, the product of that component of the force which is perpendicular to the plane passing through the line and the point of application of the force, into the shortest distance between the line and this point . (c) With respect to a plane that is parallel to the force, the product of the force into the perpendicular distance of its point of application from the plane.
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moral force

  • noun an efficient incentive
    dynamic.
    • they hoped it would act as a spiritual dynamic on all churches
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Moving force

  • (Mech.), a force that accelerates, retards, or deflects the motion of a body.
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  • noun an organization of military vessels belonging to a country and available for sea warfare
    navy.
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No force

  • no matter of urgency or consequence; no account; hence, to do no force, to make no account of; not to heed. Obs. Chaucer.
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Of force

  • of necessity; unavoidably; imperatively. "Good reasons must, of force, give place to better." Shak.
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Parallel forces

  • (Mech.), forces which act in directions parallel to each other.
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Parallelogram of velocities, forces, accelerations, momenta, etc.

  • (Mech.), a parallelogram the diagonal of which represents the resultant of two velocities, forces, accelerations, momenta, etc., both in quantity and direction, when the velocities, forces, accelerations, momenta, etc., are represented in quantity and direction by the two adjacent sides of the parallelogram.
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paramilitary force

  • noun a group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops)
    paramilitary unit; paramilitary organization; paramilitary; paramilitary organisation.
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Plastic force

  • (Physiol.), the force which presumably acts in the growth and repair of the tissues.
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Polar forces

  • (Physics), forces that are developed and act in pairs, with opposite tendencies or properties in the two elements, as magnetism, electricity, etc.
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police force

  • noun the force of policemen and officers
    law; police; constabulary.
    • the law came looking for him
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Polygon of forces

  • (Mech.), a polygonal figure, the sides of which, taken successively, represent, in length and direction, several forces acting simultaneously upon one point, so that the side necessary to complete the figure represents the resultant of those forces. Cf. Parallelogram of forces, under Parallelogram.
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private security force

  • noun a privately employed group hired to protect the security of a business or industry
    private security force.
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reconnaissance in force

  • noun an offensive operation designed to discover or test the enemy's strength (or to obtain other information)
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Reconnoissance in force

  • (Mil.), a demonstration or attack by a large force of troops for the purpose of discovering the position and strength of an enemy.
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repulsive force

  • noun the force by which bodies repel one another
    repulsion.
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Resolution of a forcemotion

  • (Mech.), the separation of a single force or motion into two or more which have different directions, and, taken together, are an equivalent for the single one; the opposite of composition of a force.
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Resultant forcemotion

  • (Mech.), a force which is the result of two or more forces acting conjointly, or a motion which is the result of two or more motions combined. See Composition of forces, under Composition.
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retarding force

  • noun the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid
    drag.
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revolutionary armed forces of colombia

  • noun a powerful and wealthy terrorist organization formed in 1957 as the guerilla arm of the Colombian communist party; opposed to the United States; has strong ties to drug dealers
    Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia; FARC.
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royal air force

  • noun the airforce of Great Britain
    RAF.
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sales force

  • noun the division of a business that is responsible for selling products or services
    sales division; sales department.
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security force

  • noun a privately employed group hired to protect the security of a business or industry
    private security force.
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special forces

  • noun a division of the United States Army that is specially trained for guerilla fighting
    Special Forces; U. S. Army Special Forces.
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strong force

  • noun (physics) the interaction that binds protons and neutrons together in the nuclei of atoms; mediated by gluons
    strong interaction; color force.
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Tangential force

  • (Mech.), a force which acts on a moving body in the direction of a tangent to the path of the body, its effect being to increase or diminish the velocity; distinguished from a normal force, which acts at right angles to the tangent and changes the direction of the motion without changing the velocity.
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task force

  • noun a temporary military unit formed to accomplish a particular objective
  • noun a semipermanent unit created to carry out a continuing task
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tour de force

  • noun a masterly or brilliant feat
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u. s. air force

  • noun the airforce of the United States of America; the agency that defends the United States through control and exploitation of air and space
    USAF; United States Air Force; U. S. Air Force; Air Force.
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u. s. army special forces

  • noun a division of the United States Army that is specially trained for guerilla fighting
    Special Forces; U. S. Army Special Forces.
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umar al-mukhtar forces

  • noun a little known Palestinian group responsible for bombings and for killing Israelis; seeks to defeat Israel and liberate southern Lebanon, Palestine, and Golan Heights
    Forces of Umar Al-Mukhtar.
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united self-defense force of colombia

  • noun a terrorist organization in Colombia formed in 1997 as an umbrella for local and regional paramilitary groups; is financed by earnings from narcotics and serves to protect the economic interests of its members
    AUC; Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia; United Self-Defense Group of Colombia.
    • the AUC conducted over 800 assassinations in one year
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united states air force

  • noun the airforce of the United States of America; the agency that defends the United States through control and exploitation of air and space
    USAF; United States Air Force; U. S. Air Force; Air Force.
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united states air force academy

  • noun a school for training men and women to become officers in the United States Air Force
    United States Air Force Academy.
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united states army special forces

  • noun a division of the United States Army that is specially trained for guerilla fighting
    Special Forces; U. S. Army Special Forces.
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us air force

  • noun the airforce of the United States of America; the agency that defends the United States through control and exploitation of air and space
    USAF; United States Air Force; U. S. Air Force; Air Force.
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us air force academy

  • noun a school for training men and women to become officers in the United States Air Force
    United States Air Force Academy.
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van der waal's forces

  • noun relatively weak attraction between neutral atoms and molecules arising from polarization induced in each particle by the presence of other particles
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Vital force

  • noun (biology) a hypothetical force (not physical or chemical) once thought by Henri Bergson to cause the evolution and development of organisms
    elan vital; life force; vitality.
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  • (Physiol.), that force or power which is inherent in organization; that form of energy which is the cause of the vital phenomena of the body, as distinguished from the physical forces generally known.
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weak force

  • noun (physics) an interaction between elementary particles involving neutrinos or antineutrinos that is responsible for certain kinds of radioactive decay; mediated by intermediate vector bosons
    weak interaction.
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work force

  • noun the force of workers available
    hands; manpower; men; workforce.
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