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

  Force \Force\, n. [F. force, LL. forcia, fortia, fr. L. fortis
     strong. See Fort, n.]
     1. Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an
        effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power;
        vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or
        energy; especially, power to persuade, or convince, or
        impose obligation; pertinency; validity; special
        signification; as, the force of an appeal, an argument, a
        contract, or a term.
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              He was, in the full force of the words, a good man.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     2. Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power;
        violence; coercion; as, by force of arms; to take by
        force.
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              Which now they hold by force, and not by right.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. Strength or power for war; hence, a body of land or naval
        combatants, with their appurtenances, ready for action; --
        an armament; troops; warlike array; -- often in the
        plural; hence, a body of men prepared for action in other
        ways; as, the laboring force of a plantation; the armed
        forces.
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              Is Lucius general of the forces?      --Shak.
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     4. (Law)
        (a) Strength or power exercised without law, or contrary
            to law, upon persons or things; violence.
        (b) Validity; efficacy. --Burrill.
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     5. (Physics) Any action between two bodies which changes, or
        tends to change, their relative condition as to rest or
        motion; or, more generally, which changes, or tends to
        change, any physical relation between them, whether
        mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, or of
        any other kind; as, the force of gravity; cohesive force;
        centrifugal force.
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     Animal force (Physiol.), muscular force or energy.
  
     Catabiotic force [Gr. ? down (intens.) + ? life.] (Biol.),
        the influence exerted by living structures on adjoining
        cells, by which the latter are developed in harmony with
        the primary structures.
  
     Centrifugal force, Centripetal force, Coercive force,
        etc. See under Centrifugal, Centripetal, etc.
  
     Composition of forces, Correlation of forces, etc. See
        under Composition, Correlation, etc.
  
     Force and arms [trans. of L. vi et armis] (Law), an
        expression in old indictments, signifying violence.
  
     In force, or Of force, of unimpaired efficacy; valid; of
        full virtue; not suspended or reversed. "A testament is of
        force after men are dead." --Heb. ix. 17.
  
     Metabolic force (Physiol.), the influence which causes and
        controls the metabolism of the body.
  
     No force, no matter of urgency or consequence; no account;
        hence, to do no force, to make no account of; not to heed.
        [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  
     Of force, of necessity; unavoidably; imperatively. "Good
        reasons must, of force, give place to better." --Shak.
  
     Plastic force (Physiol.), the force which presumably acts
        in the growth and repair of the tissues.
  
     Vital force (Physiol.), that force or power which is
        inherent in organization; that form of energy which is the
        cause of the vital phenomena of the body, as distinguished
        from the physical forces generally known.
  
     Syn: Strength; vigor; might; energy; stress; vehemence;
          violence; compulsion; coaction; constraint; coercion.
  
     Usage: Force, Strength. Strength looks rather to power as
            an inward capability or energy. Thus we speak of the
            strength of timber, bodily strength, mental strength,
            strength of emotion, etc. Force, on the other hand,
            looks more to the outward; as, the force of
            gravitation, force of circumstances, force of habit,
            etc. We do, indeed, speak of strength of will and
            force of will; but even here the former may lean
            toward the internal tenacity of purpose, and the
            latter toward the outward expression of it in action.
            But, though the two words do in a few cases touch thus
            closely on each other, there is, on the whole, a
            marked distinction in our use of force and strength.
            "Force is the name given, in mechanical science, to
            whatever produces, or can produce, motion." --Nichol.
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                  Thy tears are of no force to mollify
                  This flinty man.                  --Heywood.
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                  More huge in strength than wise in works he was.
                                                    --Spenser.
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                  Adam and first matron Eve
                  Had ended now their orisons, and found
                  Strength added from above, new hope to spring
                  Out of despair.                   --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plastic \Plas"tic\ (pl[a^]s"t[i^]k), a. [L. plasticus, Gr. ?,
     fr. ? to form, mold: cf. F. plastique.]
     1. Having the power to give form or fashion to a mass of
        matter; as, the plastic hand of the Creator. --Prior.
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              See plastic Nature working to his end. --Pope.
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     2. Capable of being molded, formed, or modeled, as clay or
        plaster; -- used also figuratively; as, the plastic mind
        of a child.
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     3. Pertaining or appropriate to, or characteristic of,
        molding or modeling; produced by, or appearing as if
        produced by, molding or modeling; -- said of sculpture and
        the kindred arts, in distinction from painting and the
        graphic arts.
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              Medallions . . . fraught with the plastic beauty and
              grace of the palmy days of Italian art. --J. S.
                                                    Harford.
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     Plastic clay (Geol.), one of the beds of the Eocene period;
        -- so called because used in making pottery. --Lyell.
  
     Plastic element (Physiol.), one that bears within the germs
        of a higher form.
  
     Plastic exudation (Med.), an exudation thrown out upon a
        wounded surface and constituting the material of repair by
        which the process of healing is effected.
  
     Plastic foods. (Physiol.) See the second Note under Food.
        
  
     Plastic force. (Physiol.) See under Force.
  
     Plastic operation, an operation in plastic surgery.
  
     Plastic surgery, that branch of surgery which is concerned
        with the repair or restoration of lost, injured, or
        deformed parts of the body.
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