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["a]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; vigorous. [1913 Webster]

That our oxen may be strong to labor. --Ps. cxliv. 14. [1913 Webster]

Orses the strong to greater strength must yield. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Having passive physical power; having ability to bear or endure; firm; hale; sound; robust; as, a strong constitution; strong health. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. Having great military or naval force; powerful; as, a strong army or fleet; a nation strong at sea. [1913 Webster]

5. Having great wealth, means, or resources; as, a strong house, or company of merchants. [1913 Webster]

6. Reaching a certain degree or limit in respect to strength or numbers; as, an army ten thousand strong. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

9. Ardent; eager; zealous; earnestly engaged; as, a strong partisan; a strong Whig or Tory. [1913 Webster]

Her mother, ever strong against that match. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

11. Full of spirit; containing a large proportion of alcohol; intoxicating; as, strong liquors. [1913 Webster]

12. Affecting any sense powerfully; as, strong light, colors, etc.; a strong flavor of onions; a strong scent. [1913 Webster]

13. Solid; nourishing; as, strong meat. --Heb. v. 12. [1913 Webster]

14. Well established; firm; not easily overthrown or altered; as, a strong custom; a strong belief. [1913 Webster]

15. Violent; vehement; earnest; ardent. [1913 Webster]

He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears. --Heb. v. 7. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

I was stronger in prophecy than in criticism. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

17. Vigorous; effective; forcible; powerful. [1913 Webster]

Like her sweet voice is thy harmonious song, As high, as sweet, as easy, and as strong. --E. Smith. [1913 Webster]

18. (Stock Exchange) Tending to higher prices; rising; as, a strong market. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Vigorous; powerful; stout; solid; firm; hardy; muscular; forcible; cogent; valid. See {Robust}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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