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STRONG, a. [G., L. The sense of the radical word is to stretch, strain, draw, and probably from the root of stretch and reach.]

1. Having physical active power, or great physical power; having the power of exerting great bodily force; vigorous. A patient is recovering from sickness, but is not yet strong enough to walk. A strong man will lift twice his own weight.

That our oxen may be strong to labor. Psalm 144.

Orses the strong to greater strength must yield.

2. Having physical passive power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; solid; as a constitution strong enough to bear the fatigues of a campaign.

3. Well fortified; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as a strong fortress or town.

4. Having great military or naval force; powerful; as a strong army or fleet; a strong nation; a nation strong at sea.

5. Having great wealth, means or resources; as a strong house or company of merchants.

6. Moving with rapidity; violent; forcible; impetuous; as a strong current of water or wind; the wind was strong from the northeast; we had a strong tide against us.

7. Hale; sound; robust; as a strong constitution.

8. Powerful; forcible; cogent; adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; as a strong argument; strong reasons; strong evidence; a strong example or instance. He used strong language.

9. Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as a strong partisan; a strong whig or tory.

Her mother, ever strong against that match--

10. Having virtues of great efficacy; or having a particular quality in a great degree; as a strong powder or tincture; a strong decoction; strong tea; strong coffee.

11. Full of spirit; intoxicating; as strong liquors.

12. Affecting the sight forcibly; as strong colors.

13. Affecting the taste forcibly; as the strong flavor of onions.

14. Affecting the smell powerfully; as a strong scent.

15. Not of easy digestion; solid; as strong meat. Hebrews 5.

16. Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered; as a custom grown strong by time.

17. Violent; vehement; earnest.

Who in the day of his flesh, when he offered up prayers with strong crying and tears-- Hebrews 5.

18. Able; furnished with abilities.

I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism.

19. Having great force of mind, of intellect or of any faculty; as a man of strong powers of mind; a man of a strong mind or intellect; a man of strong memory, judgment or imagination.

20. Having great force; comprising much in few words.

Like her sweet voice is thy harmonious song, as high, as sweet, as easy and as strong.

21. Bright; glaring; vivid; as a strong light.

22. Powerful to the extent of force named; as an army ten thousand strong.



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STRONG, a. [G., L. The sense of the radical word is to stretch, strain, draw, and probably from the root of stretch and reach.]

1. Having physical active power, or great physical power; having the power of exerting great bodily force; vigorous. A patient is recovering from sickness, but is not yet strong enough to walk. A strong man will lift twice his own weight.

That our oxen may be strong to labor. Psalm 144.

Orses the strong to greater strength must yield.

2. Having physical passive power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; solid; as a constitution strong enough to bear the fatigues of a campaign.

3. Well fortified; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as a strong fortress or town.

4. Having great military or naval force; powerful; as a strong army or fleet; a strong nation; a nation strong at sea.

5. Having great wealth, means or resources; as a strong house or company of merchants.

6. Moving with rapidity; violent; forcible; impetuous; as a strong current of water or wind; the wind was strong from the northeast; we had a strong tide against us.

7. Hale; sound; robust; as a strong constitution.

8. Powerful; forcible; cogent; adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; as a strong argument; strong reasons; strong evidence; a strong example or instance. He used strong language.

9. Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as a strong partisan; a strong whig or tory.

Her mother, ever strong against that match--

10. Having virtues of great efficacy; or having a particular quality in a great degree; as a strong powder or tincture; a strong decoction; strong tea; strong coffee.

11. Full of spirit; intoxicating; as strong liquors.

12. Affecting the sight forcibly; as strong colors.

13. Affecting the taste forcibly; as the strong flavor of onions.

14. Affecting the smell powerfully; as a strong scent.

15. Not of easy digestion; solid; as strong meat. Hebrews 5.

16. Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered; as a custom grown strong by time.

17. Violent; vehement; earnest.

Who in the day of his flesh, when he offered up prayers with strong crying and tears-- Hebrews 5.

18. Able; furnished with abilities.

I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism.

19. Having great force of mind, of intellect or of any faculty; as a man of strong powers of mind; a man of a strong mind or intellect; a man of strong memory, judgment or imagination.

20. Having great force; comprising much in few words.

Like her sweet voice is thy harmonious song, as high, as sweet, as easy and as strong.

21. Bright; glaring; vivid; as a strong light.

22. Powerful to the extent of force named; as an army ten thousand strong.

STRONG, a. [Sax. strong, strang or streng; from the latter is formed strength; G. strenge; D. and Dan. streng; Sw. sträng, strict, severe, rigid. As n is casual in this word, the original orthography was strag, streg, or strog, coinciding with L. strictus, stringo. The sense of the radical word is to stretch, strain, draw, and probably from the root of stretch and reach. We observe in all the kindred dialects on the continent, the sense of the word is somewhat different from that of the English. The Russ. strogei, strict, rigid, severe, retains the original orthography without n.]

  1. Having physical active power, or great physical power; having the power of exerting great bodily force; vigorous. A patient is recovering from sickness, but is not yet strong enough to walk. A strong man will lift twice his own weight. That our oxen may be strong to labor. – Ps. cxliv. Orses the strong to greater strength must yield. – Dryden.
  2. Having physical passive power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; solid; as, a constitution strong enough to bear the fatigues of a campaign.
  3. Well fortified; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as, a strong fortress or town.
  4. Having great military or naval force; powerful; as, a strong army or fleet; a strong nation; a nation strong at sea.
  5. Having great wealth, means or resources; as, a strong house or company of merchants.
  6. Moving with rapidity; violent; forcible; impetuous; as, a strong current of water or wind; the wind was strong from the northeast; we had a strong tide against us.
  7. Hale; sound; robust; as, a strong constitution.
  8. Powerful; forcible; cogent; adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; as, a strong argument; strong reasons; strong evidence; a strong example or instance. He used strong language.
  9. Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as, a strong partisan; a strong whig or tory. Her mother, ever strong against that match. – Shak.
  10. Having virtues of great efficacy; or having a particular quality in a great degree; as, a strong powder or tincture; a strong decoction; strong tea; strong coffee.
  11. Full of spirit; intoxicating; as, strong liquors.
  12. Affecting the sight forcibly; as, strong colors.
  13. Affecting the taste forcibly; as, the strong flavor of onions.
  14. Affecting the smell powerfully; as, a strong scent.
  15. Not of easy digestion; solid; as, strong meat. – Heb. v.
  16. Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered; as, a custom grown strong by time.
  17. Violent; vehement; earnest. Who in the days of his flesh, when be offered up prayers with strong crying and tears. – Heb. v.
  18. Able; furnished with abilities. I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism. – Dryden.
  19. Having great force of mind, of intellect or of any faculty; as, a man of strong powers of mind; a man of a strong mind or intellect; a man of strong memory, judgment or imagination.
  20. Having great force; comprising much in few words. Like her sweet voice is thy harmonious song, / As high, as sweet, as easy and as strong. – Smith.
  21. Bright; glaring; vivid; as, a strong light.
  22. Powerful to the extent of force named; as, an army ten thousand strong.

Strong
  1. Having active physical power, or great physical power to act; having a power of exerting great bodily force; vigorous.

    That our oxen may be strong to labor. Ps. cxliv. 14.

    Orses the strong to greater strength must yield. Dryden.

  2. Having passive physical power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; hale; sound; robust; as, a strong constitution; strong health.
  3. Solid; tough; not easily broken or injured; able to withstand violence; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as, a strong beam; a strong rock; a strong fortress or town.
  4. Having great military or naval force; powerful; as, a strong army or fleet; a nation strong at sea.
  5. Having great wealth, means, or resources; as, a strong house, or company of merchants.
  6. Reaching a certain degree or limit in respect to strength or numbers; as, an army ten thousand strong.
  7. Moving with rapidity or force; violent; forcible; impetuous; as, a strong current of water or wind; the wind was strong from the northeast; a strong tide.
  8. Adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; striking or superior of the kind; powerful; forcible; cogent; as, a strong argument; strong reasons; strong evidence; a strong example; strong language.
  9. Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as, a strong partisan; a strong Whig or Tory.

    Her mother, ever strong against that match. Shak.

  10. Having virtues of great efficacy; or, having a particular quality in a great degree; as, a strong powder or tincture; a strong decoction; strong tea or coffee.
  11. Full of spirit; containing a large proportion of alcohol; intoxicating; as, strong liquors.
  12. Affecting any sense powerfully; as, strong light, colors, etc.; a strong flavor of onions; a strong scent.
  13. Solid; nourishing; as, strong meat.

    Heb. v. 12.
  14. Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered; as, a strong custom; a strong belief.
  15. Violent; vehement; earnest; ardent.

    He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears. Heb. v. 7.

  16. Having great force, vigor, power, or the like, as the mind, intellect, or any faculty; as, a man of a strong mind, memory, judgment, or imagination.

    I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism. Dryden.

  17. Vigorous; effective; forcible; powerful.

    Like her sweet voice is thy harmonious song,
    As high, as sweet, as easy, and as strong.
    E. Smith.

  18. Tending to higher prices; rising; as, a strong market.
  19. Pertaining to, or designating, a verb which forms its preterit (imperfect) by a variation in the root vowel, and the past participle (usually) by the addition of -en (with or without a change of the root vowel); as in the verbs strive, strove, striven; break, broke, broken; drink, drank, drunk. Opposed to weak, or regular. See Weak.

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STRONG, adjective [G., Latin The sense of the radical word is to stretch, strain, draw, and probably from the root of stretch and reach.]

1. Having physical active power, or great physical power; having the power of exerting great bodily force; vigorous. A patient is recovering from sickness, but is not yet strong enough to walk. A strong man will lift twice his own weight.

That our oxen may be strong to labor. Psalms 144:14.

Orses the strong to greater strength must yield.

2. Having physical passive power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; solid; as a constitution strong enough to bear the fatigues of a campaign.

3. Well fortified; able to sustain attacks; not easily subdued or taken; as a strong fortress or town.

4. Having great military or naval force; powerful; as a strong army or fleet; a strong nation; a nation strong at sea.

5. Having great wealth, means or resources; as a strong house or company of merchants.

6. Moving with rapidity; violent; forcible; impetuous; as a strong current of water or wind; the wind was strong from the northeast; we had a strong tide against us.

7. Hale; sound; robust; as a strong constitution.

8. Powerful; forcible; cogent; adapted to make a deep or effectual impression on the mind or imagination; as a strong argument; strong reasons; strong evidence; a strong example or instance. He used strong language.

9. Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as a strong partisan; a strong whig or tory.

Her mother, ever strong against that match--

10. Having virtues of great efficacy; or having a particular quality in a great degree; as a strong powder or tincture; a strong decoction; strong tea; strong coffee.

11. Full of spirit; intoxicating; as strong liquors.

12. Affecting the sight forcibly; as strong colors.

13. Affecting the taste forcibly; as the strong flavor of onions.

14. Affecting the smell powerfully; as a strong scent.

15. Not of easy digestion; solid; as strong meat. Hebrews 5:7.

16. Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered; as a custom grown strong by time.

17. Violent; vehement; earnest.

Who in the day of his flesh, when he offered up prayers with strong crying and tears-- Hebrews 5:7.

18. Able; furnished with abilities.

I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism.

19. Having great force of mind, of intellect or of any faculty; as a man of strong powers of mind; a man of a strong mind or intellect; a man of strong memory, judgment or imagination.

20. Having great force; comprising much in few words.

Like her sweet voice is thy harmonious song, as high, as sweet, as easy and as strong

21. Bright; glaring; vivid; as a strong light.

22. Powerful to the extent of force named; as an army ten thousand strong

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