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1. The quality of being strong or powerful.
2. The degree of intensity.
3. The property of materials by which they endure the application of force without yielding or breaking.


Etymology: AS, strengou
the ability of a muscle or a person to produce or resist a physical force.


Neurology The amount of force that a person can exert. See Back extensor strength, Ego strength, Hand grip strength Psychology The ability to withstand mental stress.


1. Ability to exert force against resistance.
2. The degree of intensity.
3. The property of materials by which they endure the application of force without yielding or breaking.


1. The quality of being powerful.
2. Degree of intensity.
3. The property of materials by which they endure the application of force without yielding.


n toughness; ability to withstand or apply force.
strength, biting,
n 1. the force available for application against food or other material placed between the teeth. See also force, masticatory.
2. the amount of force the muscles of mastication are capable of exerting. See also force, masticatory.
strength, compressive (crushing strength),
n the amount of resistance of a material to fracture under compression. See also strength, ultimate.
strength, crushing,
n See strength, compressive.
strength, dry,
n a term generally used in conjunction with materials whose strengths vary markedly in the wet and dry states. The strength of gypsum products is usually reported in both wet and dry states.
strength, edge,
n a term indicative of the ability of fine margins to resist fracture or abrasion. No specific test is available to assess this property; it is a composite of ductility and shear, tensile, and other strength characteristics.
strength, gel,
n usually, the ability of a material to withstand a load without rupture.
strength, impact,
n the ability of a material to withstand a striking force.
strength, shear,
n 1. resistance to a tangential force.
2. resistance to a twisting motion.
strength, tensile
n 1. resistance to a pulling force.
2. the amount of stress a material is able to withstand when being pulled lengthwise before permanent deformation results.
strength, ultimate,
n the greatest stress that may be induced in a material or object before or during rupture; may be compressive, tensile, or shear strength. See also strength, tensile.
strength, wet,
n compressive strength while water in excess of that required for hydration of the hemihydrate present in the specimen. Used in connection with gypsum products.
strength, yield,
n a definite proportionality obtained by drawing a line parallel to the proportional limit line. Yield strength is reported in terms of the degree of strain.

Patient discussion about strength

Q. How can one with fibromyalgia build muscle strength? What is the best way to build muscle (core and upper body, especially) when one has fibromyalgia and suffers from 24 to 48 hours of severe spasm and pain in the shoulders and neck whenever any lifting (with arms or of the upper torso against gravity) is done?

A. i found this site VERY useful:
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Q. Is strength training safe for children? Hi friends, this is my 4th question in this community. Here is my next one: I've always heard that resistance training will ''stunt a child's growth.'' Now, I hear it may be advisable for children to strength train. Is strength training safe for children?

A. well said above. i share the same sentiments.

Q. hey there ... what vitamins should i take and are recommended for the winter time ... to strength my health

A. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers some excellent methods to strengthen your immune system to ward off potential colds.

The most commonly used formula is call Yu Ping Feng Wan (Jade Screen Pill), and it available over-the-counter at most Chinese herb shops and through an Acupuncturist or Chinese herbalist.

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The presence of sodium citrate helped decreasing water required for mixing thereby decreasing the porosity of the samples and increasing their cold crushing strength.
Significant, or highly significant, differences among the three populations were found for all characters, except for stalk crushing strength and ear height.
While there is no a priori reason to assume that organisms will utilize their maximal performance capacities in the field (Wainwright 1991), molluscivores with greater crushing strength have been shown to consume larger and harder molluscs (Wainwright 1988).
Overall, the compression strength data contrast favorably with the 29,300 kPa (4,250 psi) parallel-to-grain maximum crushing strength at 12 percent EMC for solid aspen published in the Wood Handbook (USDA 1999).
Effects of recurrent selection for crushing strength on morphological and anatomical stalk traits in corn.
Effects of recurrent selection for stalk crushing strength on agronomic characteristics and soluble stalk solids in maize (Zea mays L.
The radial crushing strength is also 5-times that of commercially available products, which drastically improves core cutting work and handling.
Other wood properties include: straight grain, medium to fine texture, resistance to shock loads, low stiffness, medium crushing strength with medium steam-bending classification, and small tendency to split when nailed.
8 Percent Max, Size Grading -0-5 Mm, Water Required For Casting -7-8 Percent , Dry Density-2800 Kg/M3 Min , Cold Crushing Strength -550 Kg/Cm2, After Drying At 110 Deegree Celcius For 24 Hours, Refractoriness -1800 Deegree Celcius Min, Permanent Linear Change Plus Minus 1, Recommended Temperature Minus 1750 Deegree Celcius Max.
The editors of the Encyclopedia of Wood describe utile as a "dense wood, with high crushing strength and medium bending strength, low stiffness and shock resistance, and a very poor steam-bending rating.
It has a very good steam bending rating, medium bending and crushing strength, medium shock resistance and low stiffness ratings.
The low k values of Kaolite 2000-LI along with high cold crushing strengths at 450 psi at densities of 38 to 41 pcf translate into superior insulating castable that design engineers can use to substantially strengthen the refractory lining and at the same time provide the thermal efficiency to lower energy costs.