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Definition: Plastic force
, n. [F. force, LL. forcia, fortia, fr. L. fortis
strong. See Fort
1. Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an
effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power;
vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or
energy; especially, power to persuade, or convince, or
impose obligation; pertinency; validity; special
signification; as, the force of an appeal, an argument, a
contract, or a term.
He was, in the full force of the words, a good man.
2. Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power;
violence; coercion; as, by force of arms; to take by
Which now they hold by force, and not by right.
3. Strength or power for war; hence, a body of land or naval
combatants, with their appurtenances, ready for action; --
an armament; troops; warlike array; -- often in the
plural; hence, a body of men prepared for action in other
ways; as, the laboring force of a plantation; the armed
Is Lucius general of the forces? --Shak.
(a) Strength or power exercised without law, or contrary
to law, upon persons or things; violence.
(b) Validity; efficacy. --Burrill.
5. (Physics) Any action between two bodies which changes, or
tends to change, their relative condition as to rest or
motion; or, more generally, which changes, or tends to
change, any physical relation between them, whether
mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, or of
any other kind; as, the force of gravity; cohesive force;
(Physiol.), muscular force or energy.
[Gr. ? down (intens.) + ? life.] (Biol.),
the influence exerted by living structures on adjoining
cells, by which the latter are developed in harmony with
the primary structures.
, Centripetal force
, Coercive force
etc. See under Centrifugal
Composition of forces
, Correlation of forces
, etc. See
Force and arms
[trans. of L. vi et armis] (Law), an
expression in old indictments, signifying violence.
, or Of force
, of unimpaired efficacy; valid; of
full virtue; not suspended or reversed. “A testament is
of force after men are dead.”
--Heb. ix. 17.
(Physiol.), the influence which causes and
controls the metabolism of the body.
, no matter of urgency or consequence; no account;
hence, to do no force, to make no account of; not to heed.
, of necessity; unavoidably; imperatively. “Good
reasons must, of force, give place to better.”
(Physiol.), the force which presumably acts
in the growth and repair of the tissues.
(Physiol.), that force or power which is
inherent in organization; that form of energy which is the
cause of the vital phenomena of the body, as distinguished
from the physical forces generally known.
Syn: Strength; vigor; might; energy; stress; vehemence;
violence; compulsion; coaction; constraint; coercion.
. Strength looks rather to power as
an inward capability or energy. Thus we speak of the
strength of timber, bodily strength, mental strength,
strength of emotion, etc. Force, on the other hand,
looks more to the outward; as, the force of
gravitation, force of circumstances, force of habit,
etc. We do, indeed, speak of strength of will and
force of will; but even here the former may lean
toward the internal tenacity of purpose, and the
latter toward the outward expression of it in action.
But, though the two words do in a few cases touch thus
closely on each other, there is, on the whole, a
marked distinction in our use of force and strength.
“Force is the name given, in mechanical science, to
whatever produces, or can produce, motion.”
Thy tears are of no force to mollify
This flinty man. --Heywood.
More huge in strength than wise in works he was.
Adam and first matron Eve
Had ended now their orisons, and found
Strength added from above, new hope to spring
Out of despair. --Milton.
(pl[a^]s"t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?,
fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.]
1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of
matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. --Prior.
See plastic Nature working to his end. --Pope.
2. Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or
plaster; -- used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind
of a child.
3. Pertaining or appropriate to, or characteristic of,
molding or modeling; produced by, or appearing as if
produced by, molding or modeling; -- said of sculpture and
the kindred arts, in distinction from painting and the
Medallions . . . fraught with the plastic beauty and
grace of the palmy days of Italian art. --J. S.
(Geol.), one of the beds of the Eocene period;
-- so called because used in making pottery. --Lyell.
(Physiol.), one that bears within the germs
of a higher form.
(Med.), an exudation thrown out upon a
wounded surface and constituting the material of repair by
which the process of healing is effected.
. (Physiol.) See the second Note under Food
. (Physiol.) See under Force
, an operation in plastic surgery.
, that branch of surgery which is concerned
with the repair or restoration of lost, injured, or
deformed parts of the body.