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Power, violence, compulsion, or constraint exerted upon or against a person or thing. Power dynamically considered, that is, in motion or in action; constraining power, compulsion; strength directed to an end. Commonly the word occurs in such connections as to show that unlawful or wrongful action is meant, e.g., forcible entry.

Power statically considered, that is, at rest, or latent, but capable of being called into activity upon occasion for its exercise. Efficacy; legal validity. This is the meaning when we say that a statute or a contract is in force.

Reasonable force is that degree of force that is appropriate and not inordinate in defending one's person or property. A person who employs such force is justified in doing so and is neither criminally liable nor civilly liable in tort for the conduct.

Deadly Force is utilized when a person intends to cause death or serious bodily harm or when he or she recognizes personal involvement in the creation of a substantial risk that death or bodily harm will occur.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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According to the relevant research, the liquid water flow and mass distribution are mainly influenced by the shear stress and the centrifugal force [24]:
Using this simplified model, Figure 12 shows the flow before and after the centrifugal force is applied.
When the syringe (needle-to-axis rotating radius is 16 cm) has been fixed, different rotational velocity reflects different centrifugal force. For example, rotational velocity of centrifugal spinning is about thousands of rpm [26].
Centrifugal force also produced a filtering effect that removed most of the foreign matter in the cream.
(c) Centrifugal force. Two SSTs were collected from each patient (n = 28).
A faster-moving ball experiences a higher centrifugal force. So you give the ball a solid strike.
Trays and baskets are fed into the dryer automatically, and water is removed using centrifugal force. The dryer is powered by only one motor.
An excess of hair gel and centrifugal force were at the root of the problem.
The air-water separator tank uses centrifugal force to separate air and groundwater mixtures, allowing the pump to have a minimum of moving parts.
Visitors are always drawn to the perimeter, pulled by a powerful centrifugal force towards windows or to peer over balcony edges.
Mounted at one end of the revolving arm was a three-foot-square curved architectural model of suburban real estate: a split-level house with a swimming pool (its water held in place by centrifugal force).
They believe these are the fastest and that they won't be disadvantaged by the centrifugal force encountered in the two inner lanes.