1. 1 〔体力〕(physical) strength
    • 力がある[ない]男
    • a strong [weak] man
    • 筋肉の力
    • muscular strength
    • 力を増す[失う]
    • gain [lose] strength
    • あらん限りの力を出して戦った
    • They fought with all their strength./They 「mustered (up) [summoned] all their strength to fight.
    • ゴールに入ったときには力を出し切っていた
    • He had exhausted his strength when he reached the goal.
    • 野球にすべての力を集中した
    • He concentrated all his strength [energy] on baseball.
    • これを持ち上げるには私の力では無理です
    • 「It is impossible for me [I don't have the strength] to lift this.
  1. 2 〔物理的な力〕force; power
    • 自然の力
    • natural forces
    • 蒸気[電気]の力
    • steam [electric] power
    • 力の強いエンジン
    • a high-powered engine
    • この機械は水の力で動いています
    • This machine is driven by hydraulic power.
    • ボートは風の力で流された
    • The boat was swept away by the wind.
  1. 3 〔能力,実力〕ability, capacity; 〔熟達〕proficiency
    • 力のある[ない]教師
    • 「an able [an ineffectual] teacher
    • テニスの力
    • one's ability [level] in tennis
    • 彼は物理の力が足りない
    • He is not good enough at physics./He is weak in physics.
    • 英語の力をつける
    • improve one's ability [proficiency] in English
    • 彼には人を統率する力がある
    • He has fine leadership abilities [capabilities].
    • シェイクスピアを翻訳する力はない
    • 「I am not competent [It is beyond my ability] to translate Shakespeare.
  1. 4 〔助力〕aid; help
    • 山田氏を力と頼む
    • rely [depend] on [((文)) upon] Mr. Yamada
    • 力を貸す
    • lend [give]((a person)) a helping hand/lend one's aid ((to))
    • トランクが重くて持ち上がらないから力を貸してくれ
    • Help me lift this heavy trunk.
    • 先生のお力によりすっかりよくなりました
    • Thanks to you, Doctor, I've recovered completely.
    • 彼は全く金の力で政界に出た
    • He got into politics by the sheer force of money.
  1. 5 〔効力〕effect
    • 彼の発言は群衆をなだめるのに大いに力があった
    • His speech was very effective in calming the crowd./His speech had a great pacifying effect on the crowd.
    • この薬の力でせきが治った
    • This medicine cured my cough.
  1. 6 〔権力〕authority, power; 〔影響力〕influence
    • 政府の力で
    • through the influence [power] of the government
    • 力の政治
    • power politics
    • 彼は親の力で今の地位を得た
    • He got his present position through the influence of his parents.
  1. 7 〔暴力〕violence; force
    • 力に訴える
    • use [resort to] violence [force]
  1. 8 〔迫力〕power; force
    • 力のある議論
    • 〔迫力ある〕a powerful argument/〔説得力のある〕a convincing argument
    • この翻訳では原文の力が全然感じられない
    • The force of the original is entirely lost in this translation.
  1. 9 〔努力〕
    • 力を尽くして市の発展を助けた
    • They made [exerted] every possible effort to develop the city.
    • 陸海空軍が力を合わせて敵を破った
    • The army, navy, and air force united to defeat the enemy.
    • 皆で力を合わせなければこの企画が成功する見込みはない
    • If we don't [Unless we] all pull together, the project has no chance of success.
  1. 10 〔気力〕
    • 1杯の茶で力が付いた
    • A cup of tea gave me fresh strength.
    • 彼の言葉に力を得た
    • I was encouraged by his words.
    • 力無げに答えた
    • He answered feebly [dejectedly].
  1. 11 〔資力〕means
    • 息子たちを大学にやる力がない
    • I 「cannot afford [don't have the means] to send my sons to college.
  1. 力に余る
    • この仕事は私の力に余ります
    • This job is beyond [too much for] me.
  1. 力を入れる
    • 力を入れて話す
    • speak forcefully/speak with emphasis
    • その言葉に彼は特に力を入れた
    • He put particular emphasis on that word.
    • この学校では職業訓練に力を入れている
    • Our school isputting a great deal of effort [really throwing itself] into vocational training.
  1. 力を落とす
    • 奨学金が得られず力を落とした
    • He was disheartened [discouraged] by his failure to get a scholarship.
    • そう力を落とすなよ
    • Don't take it so hard.
  1. 力関係 a power relationship
    • 労使間の力関係を試すものとなった
    • It turned out to be a test of strength between management and labor.
  1. 力自慢
  2. 力自慢する boast of one's strength