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{adj: corroborant} used of a medicine that is strengthening

{adj: reinforced, strengthened} given added strength or support
"reinforced concrete contains steel bars or metal netting"

{adj: ribbed} furnished or strengthened with ribs
<-> ribless

{n: Clive, Robert Clive, Baron Clive, Baron Clive of Plassey} British general and statesman whose victory at Plassey in 1757 strengthened British control of India (1725-1774)

{n: Council of Trent} a council of the Roman Catholic Church convened in Trento in three sessions between 1545 and 1563 to examine and condemn the teachings of Martin Luther and other Protestant reformers; redefined the Roman Catholic doctrine and abolished various ecclesiastical abuses and strengthened the papacy

{n: Frederick William I} son of Frederick I who became king of Prussia in 1713; reformed and strengthened the Prussian army (1688-1740)

{n: Hadrian, Publius Aelius Hadrianus, Adrian} Roman Emperor who was the adoptive son of Trajan; travelled throughout his empire to strengthen its frontiers and encourage learning and architecture; on a visit to Britain in 122 he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall (76-138)

{n: ankle brace} a brace worn to strengthen the ankle

{n: arm exercise} exercise designed to strengthen the arm muscles

{n: back exercise} exercise designed to strengthen the back muscles

{n: backing, mount} something forming a back that is added for strengthening

{n: brace} a support that steadies or strengthens something else
"he wore a brace on his knee"

{n: cardiopulmonary exercise} exercise intended to strengthen the circulatory system

{n: cleat} a strip of wood or metal used to strengthen the surface to which it is attached

{n: closed primary} a primary in which only registered members of a particular political party can vote
"closed primaries strengthen party unity"

{n: colonialism} exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one; the use of the weaker country's resources to strengthen and enrich the stronger country

{n: concentration} strengthening the amount of a substance in a unit amount of another substance (as of a solute in a mixture) by removing the other substance
<-> dilution

{n: drilling mud, drilling fluid} a mixture of clays and chemicals and water; pumped down the drill pipe to lubricate and cool the drilling bit and to flush out the cuttings and to strengthen the sides of the hole

{n: facing} a lining applied to the edge of a garment for ornamentation or strengthening

{n: fortification, munition} defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it

{n: fortification} the art or science of strengthening defenses

{n: girdle, cincture, sash, waistband, waistcloth} a band of material around the waist that strengthens a skirt or trousers

{n: gusset, gusset plate} a metal plate used to strengthen a joist

{n: gusset, inset} a piece of material used to strengthen or enlarge a garment

{n: immigration} the body of immigrants arriving during a specified interval
"the increased immigration strengthened the colony"

{n: impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion} a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
"his impression of her was favorable"
"what are your feelings about the crisis?"
"it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"
"I had a feeling that she was lying"

{n: keelson} a longitudinal beam connected to the keel of ship to strengthen it

{n: knee bend, squat, squatting} exercising by repeatedly assuming a crouching position with the knees bent; strengthens the leg muscles

{n: knee brace} a brace worn to strengthen the knee

{n: leg exercise} exercise designed to strengthen the leg muscles

{n: leg extensor} an exercise designed to strengthen the extensor muscles of the leg

{n: lignin} a complex polymer; the chief constituent of wood other than carbohydrates; binds to cellulose fibers to harden and strengthen cell walls of plants

{n: molybdenum, Mo, atomic number 42} a polyvalent metallic element that resembles chromium and tungsten in its properties; used to strengthen and harden steel

{n: morale builder} something or someone who influences by building or strengthening morale

{n: neck exercise} exercise designed to strengthen the neck muscles

{n: orthoptics} treatment of defects of binocular vision (such as strabismus and amblyopia) by nonsurgical measures (especially by exercises to strengthen the eye muscles)

{n: reinforcing stimulus, reinforcer, reinforcement} (psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it

{n: reward, reinforcement} an act performed to strengthen approved behavior

{n: rib} a riblike supporting or strengthening part of an animal or plant

{n: rootage} fixedness by or as if by roots
"strengthened by rootage in the firm soil of faith"

{n: ruggedization, ruggedisation} the act of making a piece of equipment rugged (strengthening to resist wear or abuse)

{n: safety arch} an undecorated arch that is included in order to strengthen or support a construction

{n: sheathing, overlay, overlayer} protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior

{n: snowshoe} a device to help you walk on deep snow; a lightweight frame shaped like a racquet is strengthened with cross pieces and contains a network of thongs; one is worn on each foot

{n: stall bar} a gymnastic apparatus used for strengthening exercises; uprights fastened to a wall and connected by horizontal rungs

{n: stomach exercise, tummy crunch} an exercise designed to strengthen the abdominal muscles

{n: strengthening} becoming stronger
<-> weakening

{n: strengthening} the act of increasing the strength of something
<-> weakening

{n: stringer} brace consisting of a longitudinal member to strengthen a fuselage or hull

{n: support, reinforcement, reenforcement} a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission
"they called for artillery support"

{n: support, supporting} the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
"he leaned against the wall for support"

{n: tonic, restorative} a medicine that strengthens and invigorates

{n: wake-up call} a warning to take action concerning something that was overlooked or neglected
"the bombing was a wake-up call to strengthen domestic security"

{n: weakening} becoming weaker
<-> strengthening

{n: weakening} the act of reducing the strength of something
<-> strengthening

{n: welt} a raised or strengthened seam

{n: zygomatic process} a slender process of the temporal bone that strengthens the zygomatic arch

{v: back} strengthen by providing with a back or backing

{v: bolster, bolster up} support and strengthen
"bolster morale"

{v: build up, work up, build, ramp up} bolster or strengthen
"We worked up courage"
"build up confidence"
"ramp up security in the airports"

{v: confirm, corroborate, sustain, substantiate, support, affirm} establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts
"his story confirmed my doubts"
"The evidence supports the defendant"
<-> negate

{v: confirm, reassert} strengthen or make more firm
"The witnesses confirmed the victim's account"

{v: consolidate} make firm or secure ; strengthen
"consolidate one's gains"
"consolidate one's hold on first place"

{v: mercerize, mercerise} treat to strengthen and improve the luster
"mercerize cotton"

{v: reinforce, reward} strengthen and support with rewards
"Let's reinforce good behavior"

{v: sandbag} protect or strengthen with sandbags ; stop up
"The residents sandbagged the beach front"

{v: strengthen, beef up, fortify} make strong or stronger
"This exercise will strengthen your upper body"
"strenghten the relations between the two countries"
<-> weaken

{v: strengthen} gain strength
"His body strengthened"
<-> weaken

{v: substantiate} solidify, firm, or strengthen
"The president's trip will substantiate good relations with the former enemy country"

{v: tone, tone up, strengthen} give a healthy elasticity to
"Let's tone our muscles"

{v: weaken} become weaker
"The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
<-> strengthen

{v: weaken} lessen the strength of
"The fever weakened his body"
<-> strengthen


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