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strong    : [str'ɔŋ]
Strong \Strong\, a. [Compar. {Stronger}; superl. {Strongest}.]
[AS. strang, strong; akin to D. & G. streng strict, rigorous,
OHG. strengi strong, brave, harsh, Icel. strangr strong,
severe, Dan. streng, Sw. str[aum]ng strict, severe. Cf.
{Strength}, {Stretch}, {String}.]
1. Having active physical power, or great physical power to
act; having a power of exerting great bodily force;
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That our oxen may be strong to labor. --Ps. cxliv.
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Orses the strong to greater strength must yield.
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2. Having passive physical power; having ability to bear or
endure; firm; hale; sound; robust; as, a strong
constitution; strong health.
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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.
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4. Having great military or naval force; powerful; as, a
strong army or fleet; a nation strong at sea.
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5. Having great wealth, means, or resources; as, a strong
house, or company of merchants.
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6. Reaching a certain degree or limit in respect to strength
or numbers; as, an army ten thousand strong.
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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.
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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
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9. Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as, a strong
partisan; a strong Whig or Tory.
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Her mother, ever strong against that match. --Shak.
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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.
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11. Full of spirit; containing a large proportion of alcohol;
intoxicating; as, strong liquors.
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12. Affecting any sense powerfully; as, strong light, colors,
etc.; a strong flavor of onions; a strong scent.
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13. Solid; nourishing; as, strong meat. --Heb. v. 12.
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14. Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered;
as, a strong custom; a strong belief.
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15. Violent; vehement; earnest; ardent.
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He had offered up prayers and supplications with
strong crying and tears. --Heb. v. 7.
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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.
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I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism.
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17. Vigorous; effective; forcible; powerful.
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Like her sweet voice is thy harmonious song,
As high, as sweet, as easy, and as strong. --E.
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18. (Stock Exchange) Tending to higher prices; rising; as, a
strong market.
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19. (Gram.)
(a) 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}.
(b) Applied to forms in Anglo-Saxon, etc., which retain
the old declensional endings. In the Teutonic
languages the vowel stems have held the original
endings most firmly, and are called strong; the stems
in -n are called weak other constant stems conform,
or are irregular. --F. A. March.
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{Strong conjugation} (Gram.), the conjugation of a strong
verb; -- called also {old conjugation}, or {irregular
conjugation}, and distinguished from the {weak
conjugation} or {regular conjugation}.
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Note: Strong is often used in the formation of
self-explaining compounds; as, strong-backed,
strong-based, strong-bodied, strong-colored,
strong-fisted, strong-handed, strong-ribbed,
strong-smelling, strong-voiced, etc.
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Syn: Vigorous; powerful; stout; solid; firm; hardy; muscular;
forcible; cogent; valid. See {Robust}.
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adj 1: having strength or power greater than average or
expected; "a strong radio signal"; "strong medicine"; "a
strong man" [ant: {weak}]
2: not faint or feeble; "a strong odor of burning rubber"
3: having or wielding force or authority; "providing the ground
soldier with increasingly potent weapons" [synonym: {potent},
4: having a strong physiological or chemical effect; "a potent
toxin"; "potent liquor"; "a potent cup of tea", "a stiff
drink" [synonym: {potent}, {strong}, {stiff}] [ant: {impotent}]
5: immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with; "an
impregnable fortress"; "fortifications that made the frontier
inviolable"; "a secure telephone connection" [synonym:
{impregnable}, {inviolable}, {secure}, {strong},
{unassailable}, {unattackable}]
6: of good quality and condition; solidly built; "a solid
foundation"; "several substantial timber buildings" [synonym:
{solid}, {strong}, {substantial}]
7: of verbs not having standard (or regular) inflection; "`sing'
is a strong verb"
8: being distilled rather than fermented; having a high
alcoholic content; "hard liquor" [synonym: {hard}, {strong}]
9: freshly made or left; "a warm trail"; "the scent is warm"
[synonym: {strong}, {warm}]
10: strong and sure; "a firm grasp"; "gave a strong pull on the
rope" [synonym: {firm}, {strong}]

476 Moby Thesaurus words for "strong":
Draconian, able, able-bodied, accented, acid, acrid, active, acute,
adamantine, affluent, aggressive, aggressively, alcoholic,
alveolar, animated, antagonistically, apical, apico-alveolar,
apico-dental, ardent, armipotent, aromatic, articulated, assertive,
assiduous, assimilated, athletic, authoritative, back, bad,
bad-smelling, balanced, barytone, basic, beefy, bilabial, biting,
blinding, blown, bold, bouncing, brawny, bright, brilliant, brisk,
broad, bulky, burly, cacuminal, capable, cartilaginous, central,
cerebral, charismatic, charming, checked, chewy, clear, clear-cut,
close, cogent, cohesive, combative, compelling, competent,
comprehensive, concentrated, conclusive, consequential,
considerable, consonant, consonantal, continuant, convincing,
coriaceous, corrosive, craggy, cutting, dazzling, dedicated, deep,
deep-felt, deep-rooted, defensive, definite, dense, dental,
determined, difficult, diligent, dissimilated, distinct,
doctrinaire, dogmatic, dorsal, doughty, drastic, driving, durable,
dynamic, eager, earnest, effective, effectual, efficacious,
efficient, emotional, emphatic, enchanting, enduring, energetic,
engraved, enterprising, enthusiastic, estimable, etched,
exhaustive, experienced, extreme, fast, fecal, fervent, fervid,
fetid, fibrous, firm, flat, flourishing, flush, forceful, forcible,
forcy, formidable, foul, fragrant, front, frowsty, frowy, frowzy,
full, full of pep, full-blooded, full-bodied, full-strength,
fulsome, funky, fusty, gamy, garish, glaring, glide, glossal,
glottal, go-go, good, grand, graphic, grave, graveolent, great,
gristly, gutsy, guttural, gutty, hale, hale and hearty, hard,
hard as nails, hard-nosed, hard-working, hardy, harsh, heady,
hearty, heavy, hefty, heroic, high, high-handed, high-potency,
high-powered, high-pressure, high-tasted, high-tension, hot, husky,
ill-smelling, imperative, impetuous, important, impressed,
impressive, imprinted, in force, in power, incisive, indefatigable,
influential, intense, intensified, intonated, iron-hard,
irrefutable, irresistible, keen, kinetic, knowledgeable, labial,
labiodental, labiovelar, large, lasting, lateral, lax, leatherlike,
leathery, light, likely, lingual, liquid, lively, living, low,
lusty, magnetic, main, malodorous, marked, massive, maximum,
mephitic, mettlesome, miasmal, miasmic, mid, mighty,
mighty in battle, mildewed, mildewy, moldy, momentous,
monophthongal, mordant, muscular, musty, muted, narrow, nasal,
nasalized, nervous, nervy, nidorous, noisome, numerous, obstinate,
occlusive, odoriferous, odorous, off, offensive, offensively, olid,
open, operative, opinionated, overbearingly, overenthusiastically,
oxytone, palatal, palatalized, passionate, penetrating, peppy,
persistent, personable, persuasive, pharyngeal, pharyngealized,
phonemic, phonetic, phonic, piercing, piquant, pitch, pitched,
plenary, poignant, posttonic, potent, powerful, prepotent,
prestigious, profound, pronounced, prosperous, puissant, punchy,
pungent, pushy, putrescent, putrid, qualified, rabid, rancid, rank,
reasonable, reasty, reasy, recalcitrant, red-blooded, redoubtable,
reechy, reeking, reeky, regular, reinforced, repulsive, reputable,
resistant, resolute, retroflex, rich, rigorous, robust, robustious,
robustuous, ropy, rotten, rough, rounded, rude, rugged, ruling,
secure, sedulous, self-willed, semivowel, sensational, serious,
severe, sharp, sinewed, sinewy, sizeable, skilled, slashing,
smacking, smellful, smelling, smelly, snappy, soft, solid, solvent,
sonant, sound, sour, soured, spanking, spicy, spirited, spirituous,
stable, stale, stalwart, stark, staunch, steadfast, steady, steely,
stenchy, stiff, stinking, stopped, stout, straight, strapping,
strenuous, stressed, striking, stringent, stringy,
strong as brandy, strong as strong, strong-flavored, strong-minded,
strong-scented, strong-smelling, strong-tasting, strong-willed,
stubborn, stuffy, sturdy, suasive, substantial, suffocating,
sulfurous, surd, syllabic, tainted, take-charge, take-over,
talented, telling, tenacious, tense, the same, thick, thriving,
throaty, tireless, tonal, tonic, total, tough, tough as leather,
trained, trenchant, truculently, true-blue, turned, twangy,
two-handed, unaccented, uncompromising, undiluted, unfailing,
unflagging, unmistakable, unmixed, unmoving, unrounded, unstressed,
unswerving, untiring, unvarying, unwavering, unyielding, urgent,
valid, vehement, velar, vibrant, vigorous, vile, vinous, viscid,
vital, vivacious, vivid, vocalic, vocoid, voiced, voiceless, vowel,
vowellike, weak, weather-beaten, weighty, well-built,
well-constructed, well-established, well-founded, well-grounded,
well-made, well-versed, wide, wieldy, winning, winy, wiry,
with a kick, zealous, zestful, zesty, zippy

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