Friday, 22 May 2015


Today's word is: "fuerza" = force

In Spanish, “fuerza” is a feminine noun of Latin origin, which means force or strength and is used as in:
  • La fuerza del agua lo empujó contra las rocas (the force of the water pushed him against the rocks);
  • Se necesita fuerza para salir adelante (one needs strength to pull through)

The describing word/ adjective “fuerte” is a related word meaning strong, and used as in:

  • Pedro es muy fuerte (Pedro is very strong)

The action word/ verb “forzar* is a related word meaning to force, and used as in:
  • Nos forzaron a abandonar el local (they forced us to leave the premises)
  • El ladrón forzó la puerta (the thief forced the door open/ burst the door/ lock)

Some Spanish expressions with the word “fuerza” are:
  • A fuerza de (as a result of <something done/ happening many times>/ by dint of)
    • Aprendí a fuerza de desengaños (I learned through disappointments);
  • A fuerza de trabajo (through sheer hard work/ effort)
    • A fuerza de mucho trabajo conseguimos salir a delante (through hard work we managed to succeed)
  • A fuerza de brazos = A fuerza de trabajo
  • A la fuerza (by force/ having no other option)
    • Nos vamos de aquí a la fuerza (we are being forced to leave/ have no other option but leaving)
  • A la fuerza ahorcan (idiom, meaning: sometimes you have to do things you would not do if you had a choice/ needs must when the devil drives)
  • Cobrar fuerzas (to gather strength)
    • Pedro ha estado bastante mal, pero afortunadamente ha comenzado a cobrar fuerzas (Pedro has been quite ill but fortunately, he's starting to gain some strength)
  • Camisa de fuerza (straight jacket)
  • Condensador de fuerza (battery -electrical)
  • Fuerza acelatriz (acceleration force/ accelerating force)
  • Fuerza aérea (air force -military)
  • Fuerza ascensional (buoyancy force)
  • Fuerza bruta (brute force/ brute strength)
  • Fuerza centrífuga (centrifuge force)
  • Fuerza centrípeta (centripetal force)
  • Fuerza de apoyo (back up force)
  • Fuerza de arrastre (pulling force)
  • Fuerza de choque (strike force)
  • Fuerza de disuasión nuclear (nuclear deterrent force)
  • Fuerza de inercia (inertial force)
  • Fuerza de intervención rápida (rapid intervention force)
  • Fuerza de la gravedad (gravity)
  • Fuerza de pacificación (peace-keeping force)
  • Fuerza de voluntad (will power)
  • Fuerza disuasoria (deterrent force)
  • Fuerza electromotriz (electromotive force)
  • Fuerza irresistible (irresistible force)
  • Fuerza magnetomotriz (magnetomotive force)
  • Fuerza mayor (force majeure)
  • Fuerza motriz (driving force/ motive force)
  • Fuerza pública (police/ police force/ law and order forces)
  • Fuerza viva (measure of kinetic energy of a body = kinetic energy multiplied by 2)
  • Fuerzas armadas (armed forces/ military forces)
  • Fuerzas del orden público (police/ police force/ law and order forces)
  • Fuerzas de seguridad (security forces)
  • Fuerzas vivas (community groups/ organisations which exercise power/ influence on society)
  • Hacer fuerza (to apply a force/ to push hard/ to pull hard/ to grip tightly)
  • Hacer uso de la fuerza (to use force)
  • Írsele a alguien la fuerza por la boca (to be all mouth/ to be all bark and no bite)
    • A Pedro se le va la fuerza por la boca (Pedro is all bark and no bite)
  • Kilogramo fuerza (kilogram-force)
  • La fuerza de la costumbre (the force of habit)
  • La fuerza de la rabia (the power of rage)
  • La fuerza del destino (the power of fate/ the force destiny)
  • La unión hace la fuerza (there is strength in numbers/ united we stand)
  • Momento de una fuerza (moment of a force/ moment)
  • Por fuerza (by force/ having no other option)
    • Por fuerza nos vamos de aquí (we are being forced to leave/ have no other option but leaving)
  • Sacar alguien fuerzas de flaqueza (to find strength out of own weakness -to dig deep in order to achieve something thought to be impossible)
  • Tener fuerza (to have strength/ to be strong)
    • Pedro tiene mucha fuerza (Pedro is very strong)
  • Tener fuerza de cara (to be shameless/ cheeky -Cuba colloquially)
  • Toma de fuerza (power take off -PTO)
  • Transformador de fuerza (power transformer)


The verb forzarmay also mean to rape, as in:
  • Después de amordazarla, la forzaron (after gagging her, they raped her) loves the word "fuerza" in the YouTube clip: La fuerza del amor - Myriam Hernández

For more on the word "fuerza", visit: Fuerza

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “fuerza” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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