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Force (disambiguation)

"Force" has several meanings, most of them based on the concept of an outside power compelling action, such as a "forced march" or a "forced play":

  • In physics, force (physics) is the fundamental cause of motion, as in "F=ma."
  • In military science, a force is a military group, such as in "armed force."
  • In cooking, "force" is an obsolete word (derived from "farce" and meaning "to cut [up]") for stuffing, usually used now only of "forced meat" (or "forcemeat"), which is seasoned ground meat.
  • In finance, money may be described as a "force" that can be "leveraged" to increase it.
  • In games, including some sports, certain actions or results are said to be forced when the game's rules or conventions require them, as a "forced bet" in poker or a "forcing bid" in contract bridge.
  • In gardening, forcing a flower bulb means processing it so that it blooms at a different time of the year (or season) than it normally does.
  • In law, "force (law)" involves either unlawful violence, as in a "forced entry," or legal validity, as in the "force of law."
  • In mathematics, "force" is used in the sense of given conditions' "forcing" a certain result and, therefore, in the related sense of a "brute-force" method, which usually means one that is neither efficient nor intellectually elegant but is "forced" to reach the desired result eventually.
  • In science fiction, The Force is a mystical power in the Star Wars universe.
  • In British slang, force is an old dialect word for a waterfall, describing its power in the same sense as "force of nature."

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