Adjective "understrength" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˌʌndəˈstrɛŋ(k)θ/

Definitions and examples

adverb

Originally Military. With less than the usual or required personnel, equipment, or resources.
    Of a mixture, compound, or preparation: under the usual, appropriate, or expected potency or degree of concentration.

      adjective

      Having less than the usual, appropriate, or expected potency or degree of concentration.
        Originally Military. Having less than the usual or required personnel, equipment, or resources.

          Definitions

          1. having insufficient organizational strength; lacking in personnel: an understrength army.

          2. insufficient in power or efficacy.

          More examples(as adjective)

          "teams can be understrength."

          "systems can be understrength."

          Origin

          Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Lancaster Gazette. From under- + strength.