Strength. What does the word bring to mind when you see it?
1 the state or quality of being physically or mentally strong
2 the ability to withstand or exert great force, stress, or pressure
3 something that is regarded as being beneficial or a source of power: their chief strength is technology
4 potency, as of a drink, drug, etc
5 power to convince; cogency: the strength of an argument
6 degree of intensity or concentration of colour, light, sound, flavour, etc
7 the full or part of the full complement as specified: at full strength ; below strength
8 finance firmness of or a rising tendency in prices, esp security prices
9 archaic , poetic or a stronghold or fortress
10 informal ( Austral ), ( NZ ) the general idea, the main purpose: to get the strength of something
11 from strength to strength with ever-increasing success
12 in strength in large numbers
13 on the strength of on the basis of or relying upon
It’s one of those words we hear often and probably think about rarely.
I like the word.
It can be used in so, so, so many ways.
Her strength of character motivates me to try harder.
By shear strength he moved the boulder to a safer location.
The strength of color in the painting gave viewers a sense of depth.
My drink had the strength of many drinks, so it made me a bit tipsy.
Used full strength, bleach will ruin your clothes.
And let’s think about all the forms of the word strength that nuance the meaning in endless ways:
strengths and weaknesses,
on the strength of something
The idea of strength is an important concept in our culture – we value it – we strive for it – we write about it – we celebrate it!
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
~Saint Francis de Sales
Strength. . .we need it!