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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:
good luck!

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.

You can read more about using traditional Chinese medicine for common colds in this article:

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