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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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The calculated results of the test collapsing shearing force and its corresponding displacement are listed in Table 5.
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Sierra has recently introduced the T900 model shear/baler/ logger, which offers 900 tons of shearing force and a shearing capacity of five cuts per minute at 24-inch cuts.
In the case of concrete splitting failure, the shear capacity of the vertical steel plate consists of two parts, namely, the shear strength determined by the local compressive bearing capacity of the concrete at the top of the vertical steel plate and the shearing force of the concrete crushed by the studs welded to the vertical steel plate.
Although shearing force can be used as a good indicator of nutritive value of forage, there is no information about temporal variation in the shearing force of wheat straw.
determines the bending-torsion vibrations, where [zeta](z, t) and [eta](z, t) are deflections of the beam in the horizontal and vertical planes accordingly, [theta](z, t) is a angle of rotation, E[I.sub.x] and E[I.sub.y] are flexural rigidity, [gamma] is a material specific weight, ay is a coordinate of bending centre, G[I.sub.d] is a torsion rigidity, [k'.sub.x]and [k'.sub.y] are coefficients of cross section form for shearing force, A is a cross-sectional area; [I.sub.[[psi] is a geometrical characteristic (bimoment of inertia), r is a geometrical parameter, E[I.sub.[psi]] is a sectorial rigidity [6].
Figure 8 shows the shearing forces and bearing reaction force of bearing 7.
In order to study the effect of stem linear density on shearing force, the relationship between shearing force and stem linear density was investigated in this study.
According to this patent, better control over the material properties were made possible through the application of shearing forces. In 1992 and in 1994, Liang and Woodhams[refs.
Solder paste is much like paint in this way, as the paste rolls in front of the squeegee blade, the rolling introduces shearing forces that reduce viscosity to permit the paste to flow into and fill the stencil apertures.