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energy or power; that which originates or arrests motion or other activity.
Forces resulting from a fall are transmitted up to the spine through the long leg bones and pelvis. From McQuillan et al., 2002.
electromotive force the force that, by reason of differences in potential, causes a flow of electricity from one place to another, giving rise to an electric current.
reserve force energy above that required for normal functioning. In the heart it is the power that will take care of the additional circulatory burden imposed by bodily exertion.
shearing f's see shear.
van der Waals f's the relatively weak, short-range forces of attraction existing between atoms and molecules, which results in the attraction of nonpolar organic compounds to each other (hydrophobic bonding).
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

force (F),

The external factor that causes a change in the state of rest, motion, or direction (or both), or shape of a fixed body.
[L. fortis, strong]
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Biomechanics A quantifiable directional energy source
Physics A vector quantity—i.e., has both magnitude and direction—measured in newtons—N; the force of gravity acting on a 1 kg mass is 9.81 N; F=ma
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(F) (fōrs)
1. That which tends to produce motion in a body.
2. Application of energy to initiate motion.
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The external factor that causes a change in the state of rest, motion, or direction (or both), or shape of a fixed body.
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Patient discussion about force

Q. How to get a bipolar person to get treatment, if refuses to carry this condition? My girlfriend’s mom told me once by phone that my girlfriend was bipolar. I started doing a little research and learned it is difficult to live with this sickness. I don't want to brake up but my safety is fading out now

A. Unless you know for definite that your gf has actually been properly diagnosed for this disorder, you can't tell her to get treatment for a disorder that her mum thinks she may supposedly have. I think you need to have a big long chat with your girlfriend about this and show her your encouragement and support, rather than fear about your safety. She needs someone like you to understand what it is like, and it seems that her bipolar is not an extreme case, otherwise you would have known right away with her behavior. It's caused my having major highs and lows, and if she has been properly diagnosed, encourage her to get the treatment as you care for her and want her to get better!

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Vers 15h40, les protestataires, encore plus nombreux, ont reussi a forcer le cordon securitaire pour s'installer sur le parvis de la Grande-Poste.
Il faut aller doucement, sans forcer surtout pour celles et ceux qui n'ont n'a pas l'habitude de faire du sport, particulierement au cours de la premiere semaine du mois de ramadan.
These motors operate on the same basic principles, but rather than flat plates, they consist of a cylindrical shaft and forcer unit fitting together like a telescope with an air gap between them.
* each elevator must have its own source of compressed air, which is necessary for generating an air cushion between the stator's components and forcer of planar drives;
From left Robert Elsdon, Lee Ryan, Mark Devine, Andrew Liddle and Alan Forcer |
Remember, the taller your rhubarb forcer, the longer the stems you will get.
Dans des declarations au journal [beaucoup moins que] Al Qods Press [beaucoup plus grand que], il a affirme que s'il s'agit de forcer le gouvernement a abdiquer sous l'effet de la greve generale, des attaques contre le siege du gouvernorat et des incendies des locaux d'Ennahdha et du CPR, ces actes ont tous les contours d'une erreur, ajoutant que les tentatives de renverser le gouvernement le sont tout autant.
Quelque 150 migrants en situation irreguliere ont tente tot ce matin du 5 novembre de forcer le passage vers le preside occupe de Melilia, en escaladant la cloture grillagee au niveau du lieu-dit "ROSTO GORDO" relevant de la commune rurale de Beni Chiker, apprend-on aupres des autorites locales de Nador.
Un groupe de manifestants a tente de forcer le dernier barrage des forces de l'ordre a 500 m du stade de football en jetant des pierres sur les policiers qui ont repondu par des tirs de gaz lacrymogene.
Just use a massive bucket or pot or, if you're lucky enough to have one, a proper rhubarb forcer. Put it over the top of the rhubarb crown (I sometimes stuff it with dry straw) and make sure no light can get through.
Comprised of just two parts, a rod and a forcer, the ServoTube linear motor is inherently simple and elegant.