Translation of force in Spanish:


fuerza, n.

Pronunciation /fɔrs/ /fɔːs/


  • 1

    • 1.1(strength, violence)

      fuerza feminine
      winds of hurricane force vientos de fuerza huracanada
      • a force eight gale vientos de fuerza ocho
      • he took the full force of the blow recibió toda la fuerza / el impacto del golpe
      • Subjectivity and conscious agency, then, are as potent as any physical force.
      • The power to hoist such weight is not all brute strength - though physical force is crucial.
      • There is a sponginess underfoot; a greater upward force to your movements.
      • Originally, this force was attributed to an actomyosin system similar to muscle.
      • The driving force for water movement can change with environmental conditions and with location in the plant.
      • It was like a small explosion of force, launching Joren backward several feet.
      • The Earth has very large mass and is unlikely to encounter sufficient force to slow its motion.
      • He grabbed my wrists so strongly that his force obligated my body to stand up.
      • This seemed to add weight to the idea that bodies in motion had their own force.
      • Magnetic levitation occurs when the magnetic force is strong enough to overcome gravity and balance a body's weight.
      • Vertical impact force is the stress placed on the body as a result of contacting the ground during movement.
      • The Pump Engine adjoining the tread wheels was put in motion by human force.
      • Draped over the bench like this the body takes the full force of recoil, with no flexibility to absorb the jolt.
      • For example, a skeleton pirouettes and does a handstand to show how the body distributes force.
      • The bombs on the inside edge exploded first, and their force sent my body hurling faster.
      • A negative pressure or suction force is then applied across the wound via a drainage tube embedded in the foam.
      • None the less, muscles on the whole can be controlled to produce a wide range of force and delicate motions.
      • His body took the full force of the blast; he didn't stand a chance.
      • Finally the tears fall, fast and hard as the sobs wrack her slim body with their force.
      • The only way to beat the dust out of a dirty carpet is to get the total force of the body, hands and arms behind the hit.
      • Either by force or by coercion, any sprouting counter-power will be neutralized.
      • At times, hunting parties encountered other camps of women, and they took them by force under threat of death.
      • Our whole trade is one of sufferance and compulsion, and by force alone can be maintained…
      • Another road is to wait until someone else has produced wealth, and then to seize it by force and violence.
      • Who acts on the principle that violence, force and the threat of bloodshed are worthy tools of diplomacy?
      • From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.
      • In Christ we learn that God is in control, but not as a ruthless tyrant ruling by force and intimidation.
      • You can't get somebody to do something by force, by duress, by overcoming their will.
      • It dominated Indonesia by force and had an extensive network of factories throughout Asia.
      • Sovereignty could be transferred by force or by treaty, but it had to be transferred.
      • A final blow, White now threatens checkmate in one move and Black is lost by force.
      • Secondly, China continues to threaten to resolve the Taiwan issue by force.
      • He does not impose Himself by force, nor does He claim people under duress.
      • One horse is biddable and can learn to obey commands, but the other is both deaf and violent, and so can be controlled only by force.
      • And if you go back far enough, just about all of it was originally taken by force.
      • Thus, freedom of speech is converted from a human right into a tool of oppression that must be blunted by force.
      • They stopped the tribal wars, first by agreements and then by force.
      • If the guilty won't hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.
      • As Ibrahim counsels, it is a mistake to believe that force can eliminate Islamist movements.

    • 1.2(coercion)

      fuerza feminine
      to take sth by force apoderarse de algo por la fuerza
      • to use/resort to force hacer uso de/recurrir a la fuerza

  • 2

    • 2.1Physics

      fuerza feminine
      the force of gravity la fuerza de (la) gravedad
      • This is analogous to the way in which electrons experience the weak force while photons do not.
      • It is worth emphasising that there is a major step to be made from an inverse square law of force to explain planetary motion and a universal law of gravitation.
      • In many ways, however, the weak force resembles the electromagnetic force.
      • Because of the increased mass, more force is needed to accelerate the object.
      • If the spin and field are left antiparallel, the attractive force will slow the vibration.

    • 2.2(influential thing, person)

      fuerza feminine
      social/political forces fuerzas sociales/políticas
      • the forces of conservatism/liberalism/evil las fuerzas del conservadurismo/liberalismo/mal
      • he is a major force in the Church es una figura de mucho peso en la Iglesia
      • Whether the expansion of such influences is a force for good or evil depends on the character of any given nation.
      • I believe in fair play and have always endeavoured to be a force for good in politics.
      • Murdoch is well aware of the massive global power he wields as a force for liberty and the empowerment of the individual.
      • This is a paean to the power and value of globalisation as a force for good.
      • They see the global power of capitalism as a force for good in the world.
      • He's a force for evil now, whether or not he ever was anything but.
      • He truly believes in the United States as a force for Good in the world, and who am I to criticize him for that?
      • Nara too pointed out that only if Japan, India and China could form an alliance, Asia could prove to be a force for peace.
      • The Internet can be a force for much good, for the dissemination of information, for the education of the masses.
      • Much discussion in our modern world revolves around the concept of globalization and whether it is a force for good or evil.
      • It may not be fashionable to say it but America has long been a force for good in international relations.
      • Since the end of the Second World War, Canada has prided itself on being a force for international justice.
      • The brand evangelists will tell you that brands are a force for good.
      • Our democratic government becomes a force for good because it reflects those values.
      • So too the wider process (of which the telephone is part) can be a force for good or ill.
      • Let me be a force for you in my life, my Church, my Community, my City, and my Country!
      • If you are a force for change in the universe, what do you seek to change and how?
      • As such, it became a force for exclusion rather than inclusion.
      • That is why it is important to throw up pioneering ideas so the government will be able to see this as a force for change and a chance to seize a lead for Britain.
      • The Catholic church may well be a force for intolerance and reaction.

  • 3

    (of argument, personality)
    fuerza feminine
    • An art form that is both abstract and spiritual is a very powerful force - and in a sense transcends mere politics.
    • Addiction, which comes from the Latin to enslave, has a powerful rhetorical force in our culture.
    • Are we aware of evil's reality yet blind to its force and effects, unable to name and describe it?
    • The catalogue can never represent the immensity, force, and power of any given artwork.
    • When we act with conviction and genuine concern, our words have that much more force and power.
  • 4

    (group of people)
    fuerza feminine
    the (armed) forces las fuerzas armadas
    • the (police) force la policía
    • our sales force nuestro personal de ventas
    • In both cases, pro-US political forces brought down governments that were aligned with Moscow.
    • Now Ann Summers has a sales force of 7,500 party organisers and 120 shops in the UK.
    • It prevented student organization by enlisting a force of students to report on political activity.
    • She says that by backing al-Sadr, we would help secular and more progressive religious forces to organise.
    • Elan acquired five US businesses and spent time on bringing those companies and their separate sales forces under the one brand.
    • In reality, it brought together some of the world's most socially conservative religious forces.
    • The sales forces of medtech companies are hungry for additional products.
    • Young players and weathered campaigners pulled together as a force that was more than a team.
  • 5

    fuerza feminine
    it has the force of law tiene fuerza de ley
    • to come into force entrar en vigor / vigencia
    • to be in force estar en vigor / vigencia

transitive verb

  • 1

    to force sb to + inf obligar / forzar a algn a + inf
    to force sb into -ing
    • Ever troublesome to Napoleon, he was forced into temporary retirement in 1812 at Napoleon's request.
    • When he is forced into battle, he hides inside a cannon, and is catapulted into the tent of the enemy's general staff.
    • I was again forced into doing commercials by a photographer friend of mine.
    • Brown's dangerous game is one which, to a large extent, he was forced into playing by the vagaries of the global market.
    • He did not want a fight, but if he was forced into one, he would put up York City candidates at next May's council elections.
    • Most of all, I enjoyed the cappuccino and large piece of cake I was forced into having to warm up afterwards!
    • The rest of us are forced into what's little more than a massive pyramid scheme.
    • Experts say one mistaken belief is that the state will look after you if you are forced into taking a long spell off work.
    • So he is forced into a feebly slow, piecemeal approach to an issue where boldness above all is required.
    • He was forced into a U-turn after a furious reaction to his plans not to travel to Normandy.
    • With irresistible strength he forced her to break her grip, holding her by her shoulders.
    • My son, who worked there, and the others were always offered breaks and were never forced to work extra hours.
    • You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.
    • But just as the Queen was about to arrive in her carriage a thunderstorm broke, forcing everyone to run for cover.
    • Bank creditors forced the company to break up its conglomerate structure after it breached its loan covenants in 2001.
    • Two women were recovering yesterday after being kidnapped on their way to work at a high street bank where they were forced to open a safe.
    • How would mothers feel being forced to break up their families so that they can keep their children?
    • Of course you'll be forced to break these rules on occasion.
    • But this gradual shift downwards may put pressure on inflation as the cost of imports rise, forcing the Bank of England to consider upping interest rates.
    • The competition generated would be expected to force the most expensive banks to reduce their costs.
  • 2

    • 2.1(bring about, obtain)

      (action/change) provocar
      to force a vote on sth hacer que algo se someta a votación
      • They forced their way deep into the Keighley half and giant prop Frank Watene forced his way under the posts from acting half just a metre out.
      • The men forced their way into the couple's south Essex home, attacked the husband and wife and used a stun-gun on them to keep them subdued.
      • He had captained the England Under-19 team and forced his way into the frame with some big hitting for Lancashire.
      • He forced his way into the dispensary and grabbed the pharmacist's 60-year-old assistant.
      • A man, who had forced his way in through the bungalow's kitchen window, then walked into Christopher's bedroom.
      • An 81-year-old woman told yesterday how two men forced their way into her home and attacked her with a hammer.
      • After a slow start, they forced their way back into the game.
      • Carlisle forced their way back into the game and managed to draw level by half time and, try as they might, Ambleside could not score again.
      • The most serious incident was on November 3 1992 when the attacker forced his way into a couple's car.
      • Stained glass windows at the church were damaged after burglars forced their way in through them in three previous burglaries.
      • Both sides then added penalties before Newbridge forced their way over for a try following a tapped penalty.
      • Realizing what he had done, he forced his way through the front of the bus and ran off, with a sly, toothless grin on his face.
      • Police yesterday said she was subjected to another serious sexual assault by a stranger who forced his way into her home last April.
      • The teenager was stabbed when a gang of four or five men wielding knives and baseball bats forced their way into the home he shares with his mother.
      • They forced their way in, demanded money and snatched a cordless phone from the man's hand before ransacking the house.
      • The protestors forced their way through the crowd and began heckling Ryan.
      • At 11.15 pm, officers behind shields forced their way into the flat and overpowered the man.
      • Four laps in and Webster forced a way through at Paddock Hill bend, grabbed the lead and started inexorably to pull away.
      • I forced my way through to her and someone took off her oxygen mask.
      • The gang forced their way into the victim's home in Broadoak Road at about 9.30 pm on Monday.

    • 2.2(extort)

      to force sth out of sb
      to force sth from sb
      they had to force the secret out of him / from him le tuvieron que arrancar el secreto a la fuerza

  • 3

    to force sth on sb
  • 4

    • 4.1(exert pressure, push, drive)

      (knob/handle) forzar
      if it won't go in, don't try to force it si no entra, no lo fuerces
      • to force a door open forzar una puerta
      • she could force back her tears no longer ya no podía contener el llanto
      • she was forced out of the race by engine trouble se vio obligada a retirarse de la carrera por problemas de motor
      • he forced the lid off le sacó la tapa a la fuerza
      • to force a bill through Congress hacer que se apruebe un proyecto de ley
      • they forced their way in entraron por la fuerza
      • Locks had to be refitted to drugs cupboards which had been forced and emptied.
      • She went downstairs and noticed a window at the rear of the house had been forced.
      • And no-one, or very few, will be forced out of positions funded by us poor suckers, the taxpayers.
      • He has forced himself into the position by gripping the bat right at the bottom of the handle.
      • He could barely breath and his body was in pain from the unnatural position he'd forced himself into.
      • The defender, recognizing his perilous position, then forces the space open.
      • They have ducked the issue this time but Outrage is pushing hard to force Scotland Yard off the fence.
      • And Franny must feel the same way I do, because I have to struggle with her each day I drive her in, forcing her from my arms and into the little play group.
      • Sam pushed against the raw strength forcing her down; it did little good.
      • That score seemed to put Stradbally on the wrong foot and forced the Reds back into defensive mode.
      • It took every speck of willpower and strength she had to force them back to an even position.
      • The referee should also whistle immediately if any player in the scrummage is lifted off his feet or is forced upwards out of the scrummage.
      • The starfish alone has both the strength and tenacity to force an oyster open.
      • She said the burglar had to scale a secure six-feet high fence at the rear of the property to get in and tried to force open the back door and window before breaking it.
      • Then everyone started to plunder the town and to search the houses, forcing open the doors with axes and iron bars.
      • Burglars broke into the house by forcing open a conservatory window and a door leading into the kitchen.
      • All three houses either had their windows forced open or broken between 12 noon and 5pm.
      • When he realised they were intruders he tried to shut the door but they forced it open and attacked him with a crowbar.
      • At the same time another three men broke through the wall behind the building, forced open a door and planted the bombs.
      • His hands then slid into the cracks of the door, forcing them open.
      • He pulled his door open, forcing the crowd back, and slid into his seat.
      • She watched Chris run into the kitchen and slam into the back door, forcing it open.

    • 4.2(break open)

      (door/lock) forzar
      to force an entry entrar por la fuerza

  • 5

    (produce with difficulty)
    he forced out a shaky laugh soltó una risita forzada
    • he has to force the high notes tiene que forzar las notas altas
    • it's forcing it to call him a genius calificarlo de genio es decir demasiado
  • 6

    (speed up)
    (plant) acelerar el crecimiento de
    • For example, bulbs like crocuses and daffodils, which are good at naturalizing, generally do well planted out after forcing.
    • The nice thing about forcing Amaryllis bulbs into flower inside the home is that it is so simple to do.
    • Bulbs that are used for forcing indoors cannot be forced two years in succession.
    • Most bulbs need to be chilled for many weeks before they can be forced.
    • Paperwhites are best forced in a shallow pot or bowl with no drainage holes in the bottom.