strong


strong
strong [strôŋ]
adj.
[ME < OE strang, akin to ON strangr, strong, severe, Ger streng, severe < IE base * strenk-, *streng-, tense, taut > STRING, Gr strangos, twisted, L stringere, to draw taut]
1.
a) physically powerful; having great muscular strength; robust
b) in a healthy and sound condition; hale; hearty
c) performing well or in a normal manner [a strong heart]
d) not easily affected or upset [a strong stomach]
2. morally powerful; having strength of character or will
3.
a) intellectually powerful; able to think vigorously and clearly
b) having special competence or ability (in a specified area) [to be strong in botany]
4. governing or leading with firm authority; authoritarian
5.
a) powerfully made, built, or constituted; tough; firm; durable [a strong wall, a strong fabric]
b) holding firmly; tenacious [a strong grip]
c) binding tightly [strong glue]
d) hard to capture; able to resist and endure attack [a strong fort]
e) not easily defeated; formidable [a strong opponent]
f) not easily dislodged; deep-rooted [strong prejudice]
6. having many resources; powerful in wealth, numbers, supplies, etc. [a strong nation]
7. of a specified number; reaching a certain degree in number or strength [a task force 6,000 strong]
8. having a powerful effect; drastic [strong measures]
9. having a large amount of its essential quality; not weak or diluted [strong coffee]
10. affecting the senses powerfully; intense [a strong light, strong smell, etc.]
11. having an offensive taste or smell; rank [strong butter]
12. firm and loud [a strong voice]
13. intense in degree or quality; not mild; specif.,
a) ardent; passionate; warm [strong affection]
b) forceful; persuasive; cogent [strong reasons]
c) felt deeply; pronounced; decided [a strong opinion]
d) vigorously active; zealous [a strong socialist]
e) vigorous, forthright, and unambiguous, often offensively so [strong language]
f) clear; distinct; marked [a strong resemblance]
g) receiving or showing emphasis or stress [a strong accent or beat]
14. moving rapidly and with force [a strong wind]
15. having high powers of magnification [strong lenses]
16. tending toward higher prices: said of a stock or stock market
17. Chem. having a high ion concentration, as certain acids and bases
18. Gram. in English and other Germanic languages, designating or of verbs that express variation in tense chiefly by internal change of a syllabic vowel rather than by the addition of inflectional endings; irregular (Ex.: swim, swam, swum; drive, drove, driven): cf. WEAK (sense 15)
adv.
in a strong manner; greatly; severely; with force
——————
☆ come on strong
Slang to make a striking impression, often in an aggressive way
strongish
adj.
strongly
adv.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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