force of nature


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force of nature

1. Literally, the earth's powerful climatological phenomena, such as wind or rain, that humans cannot control. Often used in the plural. The idea is to harness the forces of nature to create alternative, renewable energy sources. In this part of the country, you're at greater risk from the forces of nature than any criminals or wild animals.
2. Someone or something with a huge and seemingly unstoppable amount of energy, influence, or force. The gold-medal cyclist is a force of nature to behold on the road, enduring conditions that would make the most stalwart athletes wilt. People are paying respects to the late senator, a political force of nature who shook up the entire landscape in Washington, D.C.
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the forces of ˈnature

the power of the wind, rain, etc., especially when it causes damage or harm: This is one of the few areas of the country where the forces of nature are in control, which is why people don’t live here.
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The news report Hail, flash floods in UAE desert: Blame it on climate change (KT, July 14) shows the force of nature. No one can stop this change; all we can do it change our lifestyles to somehow slower the pace of climate change.
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She really was a force of nature - a dynamic, unstoppable character who never took no for an answer.
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Brian explains how massive icebergs that surge down from Greenland and into shipping lanes of the Atlantic emerge due to a powerful yet infinitesimal force of nature, while revealing how honeycombs made by bees in Nepal to store their honey conceal a mathematical rule.
Off the coast of Canada, Brian explains how icebergs emerge due to a powerful yet infinitesimal force of nature.
Do not degrade the memory of those murdered by turning them into victims of a force of nature. Words said at the funeral by the brother of Rabbi Eitan and Naama Henkin.]]>
For Mexican legend Erik Morales, he saw how a force of nature can conjure up images of utter destruction.
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, Entertainment One Films Canada, 2010, 93 minutes.
She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable - marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King, inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and this year, standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London's Hyde Park.
Kennedy, laid to rest alongside his slain brothers John and Robert, was remembered as a "veritable force of nature" who worked tirelessly in the Senate for nearly five decades on the causes he cared about deeply.AaOn a day that marked the end of an American political era, crowds lined the streets of two cities.