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 for Forcing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Force \Force\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forced; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Forcing.] [OF. forcier, F. forcer, fr. LL. forciare,
     fortiare. See Force, n.]
     1. To constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a
        power not resistible; to compel by physical, moral, or
        intellectual means; to coerce; as, masters force slaves to
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     2. To compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force
        conviction on the mind.
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     3. To do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence
        to one's will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to
        commit rape upon.
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              To force their monarch and insult the court.
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              I should have forced thee soon wish other arms.
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              To force a spotless virgin's chastity. --Shak.
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     4. To obtain, overcome, or win by strength; to take by
        violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault;
        to storm, as a fortress; as, to force the castle; to force
        a lock.
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     5. To impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main
        strength or violence; -- with a following adverb, as
        along, away, from, into, through, out, etc.
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              It stuck so fast, so deeply buried lay
              That scarce the victor forced the steel away.
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              To force the tyrant from his seat by war. --Sahk.
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              Ethelbert ordered that none should be forced into
              religion.                             --Fuller.
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     6. To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding;
        to enforce. [Obs.]
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              What can the church force more?       --J. Webster.
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     7. To exert to the utmost; to urge; hence, to strain; to urge
        to excessive, unnatural, or untimely action; to produce by
        unnatural effort; as, to force a conceit or metaphor; to
        force a laugh; to force fruits.
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              High on a mounting wave my head I bore,
              Forcing my strength, and gathering to the shore.
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     8. (Whist) To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a
        trick by leading a suit of which he has none.
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     9. To provide with forces; to re["e]nforce; to strengthen by
        soldiers; to man; to garrison. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     10. To allow the force of; to value; to care for. [Obs.]
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               For me, I force not argument a straw. --Shak.
     Syn: To compel; constrain; oblige; necessitate; coerce;
          drive; press; impel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forcing \For"cing\, n.
     1. The accomplishing of any purpose violently, precipitately,
        prematurely, or with unusual expedition.
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     2. (Gardening) The art of raising plants, flowers, and fruits
        at an earlier season than the natural one, as in a hitbed
        or by the use of artificial heat.
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     Forcing bed or Forcing pit, a plant bed having an under
        layer of fermenting manure, the fermentation yielding
        bottom heat for forcing plants; a hotbed.
     Forcing engine, a fire engine.
     Forcing fit (Mech.), a tight fit, as of one part into a
        hole in another part, which makes it necessary to use
        considerable force in putting the two parts together.
     Forcing house, a greenhouse for the forcing of plants,
        fruit trees, etc.
     Forcing machine, a powerful press for putting together or
        separating two parts that are fitted tightly one into
        another, as for forcing a crank on a shaft, or for drawing
        off a car wheel from the axle.
     Forcing pump. See Force pump
        (b) .
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