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 for Composition of forces
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.
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     2. Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power;
        violence; coercion; as, by force of arms; to take by
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              Which now they hold by force, and not by right.
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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
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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.
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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 :

  Composition \Com`po*si"tion\, n. [F. composition, fr. L.
     compositio. See Composite.]
     1. The act or art of composing, or forming a whole or
        integral, by placing together and uniting different
        things, parts, or ingredients. In specific uses:
        (a) The invention or combination of the parts of any
            literary work or discourse, or of a work of art; as,
            the composition of a poem or a piece of music. "The
            constant habit of elaborate composition." --Macaulay.
        (b) (Fine Arts) The art or practice of so combining the
            different parts of a work of art as to produce a
            harmonious whole; also, a work of art considered as
            such. See 4, below.
        (c) The act of writing for practice in a language, as
            English, Latin, German, etc.
        (d) (Print.) The setting up of type and arranging it for
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     2. The state of being put together or composed; conjunction;
        combination; adjustment.
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              View them in composition with other things. --I.
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              The elementary composition of bodies. --Whewell.
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     3. A mass or body formed by combining two or more substances;
        as, a chemical composition.
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              A composition that looks . . . like marble.
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     4. A literary, musical, or artistic production, especially
        one showing study and care in arrangement; -- often used
        of an elementary essay or translation done as an
        educational exercise.
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     5. Consistency; accord; congruity. [Obs.]
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              There is no composition in these news
              That gives them credit.               --Shak.
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     6. Mutual agreement to terms or conditions for the settlement
        of a difference or controversy; also, the terms or
        conditions of settlement; agreement.
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              Thus we are agreed:
              I crave our composition may be written. --Shak.
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     7. (Law) The adjustment of a debt, or avoidance of an
        obligation, by some form of compensation agreed on between
        the parties; also, the sum or amount of compensation
        agreed upon in the adjustment.
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              Compositions for not taking the order of knighthood.
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              Cleared by composition with their creditors.
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     8. Synthesis as opposed to analysis.
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              The investigation of difficult things by the method
              of analysis ought ever to precede the method of
              composition.                          --Sir I.
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     Composition cloth, a kind of cloth covered with a
        preparation making it waterproof.
     Composition deed, an agreement for composition between a
        debtor and several creditors.
     Composition plane (Crystallog.), the plane by which the two
        individuals of a twin crystal are united in their reserved
     Composition of forces (Mech.), the finding of a single
        force (called the resultant) which shall be equal in
        effect to two or more given forces (called the components)
        when acting in given directions. --Herbert.
     Composition metal, an alloy resembling brass, which is
        sometimes used instead of copper for sheathing vessels; --
        also called Muntz metal and yellow metal.
     Composition of proportion (Math.), an arrangement of four
        proportionals so that the sum of the first and second is
        to the second as the sum of the third and fourth to the
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