external force

external force

[ek¦stərn·əl ′fȯrs]
(mechanics)
A force exerted on a system or on some of its components by an agency outside the system.
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References in classic literature ?
The utility of a Confederacy, as well to suppress faction and to guard the internal tranquillity of States, as to increase their external force and security, is in reality not a new idea.
"It is very probable," (says he[1]) "that mankind would have been obliged at length to live constantly under the government of a single person, had they not contrived a kind of constitution that has all the internal advantages of a republican, together with the external force of a monarchical government.
"A republic of this kind, able to withstand an external force, may support itself without any internal corruptions.
But if the members of an oligarchy agree among themselves the state is not very easily destroyed without some external force. Pharsalus is a proof of this, where, though the place is small, yet the citizens have great power, from the prudent use they make of it.
He felt as though some external force were moving him.
The prospector cannot turn unless its nose is deflected from the outside--by some external force or resistance--the steering wheel within would have moved in response.
On the one hand, it will be said, if concessions are made, the Parliament endanger the loss of their authority over the Colony: on the other hand, if external forces should be used, there seems to be danger of a total lasting alienation of affection.
Over the years, scientists thought some external force might be helping the creatures fly even without suitable aerodynamic drag.
"There are signs that the skeleton was struck by a powerful external force, but it's uncertain if the force was applied before or after death," the institute wrote in an interim report.
A piezoelectric sensor is a sensor that generates a mechanical strain when an external force is applied or a deformation occurs when a voltage is applied to the sensor.
The top external force of change in 2015 is "changing customer requirements." As shown in Table 1, this particular force of change is more important today than it was in 2007.
The senior presidential adviser described regime change agenda as being a foreign approach to removing a government which does not want to be controlled by external forces by using external force or underhand maneuvering within the targeted country.