What is force?

  • (noun): A powerful effect or influence.
    Example: "The force of his eloquence easily persuaded them"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Force

In physics, a force is any influence that causes an object to undergo a certain change, either concerning its movement, direction, or geometrical construction. It is measured with the SI unit of newtons and represented by the symbol F. In other words, a force is that which can cause an object with mass to change its velocity (which includes to begin moving from a state of rest), i.e., to accelerate, or which can cause a flexible object to deform. Force can also be described by intuitive concepts such as a push or pull. A force has both magnitude and direction, making it a vector quantity.

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Some articles on force:

Knightmare - Life Force
... The life force was a combined clock and progress meter used to track the energy status of the dungeoneer (the main contestant) ... would often tell the team "You're wasting Life Force"), taking "damage" through being attacked by monsters or obstacles, taking the wrong route or making bad decisions ... In the first five series, the life force was a computer animated image of an adventurer wearing a helmet ...
Royal Australian Air Force Badge
... featuring the words Royal Australian Air Force, beneath which scroll work displays the Latin motto (shared with the Royal Air Force) Per Ardua Ad Astra ...
Force - Units of Measurement
... The SI unit of force is the newton (symbol N), which is the force required to accelerate a one kilogram mass at a rate of one meter per second squared, or kg·m·s−2 ... The corresponding CGS unit is the dyne, the force required to accelerate a one gram mass by one centimeter per second squared, or g·cm·s−2 ... The gravitational foot-pound-second English unit of force is the pound-force (lbf), defined as the force exerted by gravity on a pound-mass in the standard gravitational field ...
Meteorology - History - Research Into Cyclones and Air Flow
... with air being deflected by the Coriolis force to create the prevailing westerly winds ... extent of the large scale interaction of pressure gradient force and deflecting force that in the end causes air masses to move along isobars was understood ... By 1912, this deflecting force was named the Coriolis effect ...
Lift (force)
... flowing past the surface of a body exerts surface force on it ... Lift is the component of this force that is perpendicular to the oncoming flow direction ... It contrasts with the drag force, which is the component of the surface force parallel to the flow direction ...

More definitions of "force":

  • (verb): Urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate.
    Synonyms: impel
  • (verb): .
    Example: "Move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
    Synonyms: push
  • (noun): A group of people having the power of effective action.
    Example: "He joined forces with a band of adventurers"
  • (verb): Cause to move along the ground by pulling.
    Synonyms: pull, draw
  • (noun): (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity.
    Example: "Force equals mass times acceleration"
  • (noun): An act of aggression (as one against a person who resists).
    Example: "He may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one"
    Synonyms: violence
  • (noun): One possessing or exercising power or influence or authority.
    Example: "May the force be with you"
    Synonyms: power
  • (verb): Force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically.
    Synonyms: drive, ram
  • (verb): Impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably.
    Synonyms: thrust
  • (noun): Group of people willing to obey orders.
    Example: "A public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
    Synonyms: personnel
  • (noun): (of a law) having legal validity.
    Synonyms: effect
  • (verb): Take by force.
    Synonyms: storm
  • (verb): Squeeze like a wedge into a tight space.
    Synonyms: wedge, squeeze
  • (verb): Do forcibly; exert force.
    Example: "Don't force it!"
  • (noun): Physical energy or intensity.
    Example: "He hit with all the force he could muster"
    Synonyms: forcefulness, strength

Famous quotes containing the word force:

    Do not shut up the young people against their will in a pew, and force the children to ask them questions for an hour against their will.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    All, or the greatest part of men that have aspired to riches or power, have attained thereunto either by force or fraud, and what they have by craft or cruelty gained, to cover the foulness of their fact, they call purchase, as a name more honest. Howsoever, he that for want of will or wit useth not those means, must rest in servitude and poverty.
    Sir Walter Raleigh (1552–1618)

    A petty bureaucrat always watches his superior’s countenance, just as a boatman trims his sails according to the force of the wind.
    Chinese proverb.