strengthening-n; 1 Senses

Sense Number 1: increase of power

Commentary: STRENGTHENING[+event] The act of increasing the strength of something. Can be used physically or metaphorically.

The politician advocated the strengthening of families worldwide.
A strengthening of the dollar in Europe is good news for foreign travelers.
After months of weight training, John noticed the strengthening of his trapezius muscles.
His timely strengthening of the President's position should help pass the bill.
The chemists advocated a strengthening of the mixture.

PropBank: strengthening.01
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1