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Having little or no force; feeble; impotent. Shak.


A kind of stuffing in cookery.

FOR'CEPS, n. [L.]

Literally, a pair of pinchers or tongs. In surgery, an instrument for extracting any thing from a wound, and for like purposes. Quincy. A pair of scissors for cutting off or dividing the fleshy membranous parts of the body. Encyc.


  1. He or that which forces, drives or constrains
  2. The embolus of a pump; the instrument by which water is driven up a pump. Wilkins.


  1. Powerful; strong; mighty; as, a punishment forcible to bridle sin. Hooker.
  2. Violent; impetuous; driving forward with force; as, a forcible stream.
  3. Efficacious; active; powerful. Sweet smells are most forcible in dry substances, when broken. Bacon.
  4. Powerful; acting with force; impressive; as, forcible words or arguments.
  5. Containing force; acting by violence; as, forcible means.
  6. Done by force; suffered by force. The abdication of James, his advocates hold to have been forcible. Swift.
  7. Valid; binding; obligatory. [Not used.] Johnson.
  8. In law, forcible entry is an actual violent entry into houses or lands. Forcible detainer, is a violent withholding of the lands, &c. of another from his possession. Forcible abduction, is the act of taking away wrongfully, as a child without the consent of the father, a ward without the consent of the guardian, or any person contrary to his or her will. Blackstone.


Force; violence.

FOR-CI-BLY, adv.

  1. By violence or force.
  2. Strongly; powerfully; with power or energy; impressively. The Gospel offers such considerations as are fit to work very forcibly on our hopes and fears. Tillotson.
  3. Impetuously; violently; with great strength; as, a stream rushing forcibly down a precipice.


  1. In gardening, the art of raising plants, flowers, and fruits, at an earlier season than the natural one, by artificial heat. Cyc.
  2. The operation of fining wines by a speedy process.

FOR-CING, ppr.

  1. Compelling; impelling; driving; storming; ravishing.
  2. Causing to ripen before the natural season, as fruit; or causing to produce ripe fruit prematurely, as a tree.
  3. Fining wine by a speedy process.

FOR'CI-PA-TED, a. [from forceps.]

Formed like a pair of pinchers to open and inclose; as, a forcipated mouth. Derham.


A pinching with pinchers.

FORD, n. [Sax. ford, fyrd; G. furt; from the verb faran, to go or pass, or its root.]

  1. A place in a river or other water, where it may be passed by man or beast on foot, or by wading.
  2. A stream; a current. Permit my ghost to pass the Stygian ford. Dryden.

FORD, v.t.

To pass or cross a river or other water by treading or walking on the bottom; to pass through water by wading; to wade through.


That may be waded or passed through on foot, as water.

FORD-ED, pp.

Passed through on foot; waded.

FORD-ING, ppr.

Wading; passing through on foot, as water.

FOR-DO, v.t. [Sax. fordon; for and do.]

To destroy; to undo; to ruin; to weary. [Not in use.] Chaucer.

FORE, a. [Sax. fore, foran; G. vor; D. voor; Sw. för; Dan. for; Hindoo, para; Ir. for. This is the same word in origin as for, from the root of Sax. faran, to go, to advance.]

  1. Properly, advanced, or being in advance of something in motion or progression; as, the fore end of a chain carried in measuring land; the fore oxen or horses in a team.
  2. Advanced in time; coming in advance of something; coming first; anterior; preceding; prior; as, the fore part of the last century; the fore part of the day, week or year.
  3. Advanced in order or series; antecedent; as, the fore part of a writing or bill.
  4. Being in front or toward the face; opposed to back or behind; as, the fore part of a garment.
  5. Going first; usually preceding the other part; as, the fore part of a ship, or of a coach.

FORE, adv.

In the part that precedes or goes first. In seamen's language, fore and aft signifies the whole length of the ship, or from end to end, from stem to stem. Mar. Dict. Fore, in composition, denotes, for the most part, priority of time; sometimes, advance in place. [For the etymologies of the compounds of fore, see the principal word.]


To admonish beforehand, or before the act or event.

FORE-AD-VISE, v.t. [s as z.]

To advise or counsel before the time of action or before the event; to preadmonish. Shak.

FORE-AL-LEDGE, v.t. foreallej'.

To alledge or cite before. Fotherby.


Previously alledged.


Alledging before.


To set, order, or appoint beforehand. Sherwood.