I need it to use it in a speech as a metaphor for synergy or the ability to actually be stronger when using the capabilities of both sides.
This is exactly the concept of synergy, and it brings to mind the famous related quotation
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
Likewise, others attribute the quote to the Gestalt school of psychology -- although this too is an error, arising from a mistranslation.
a metal made by combining two or more metallic elements, especially to give greater strength or resistance to corrosion:
Perhaps the word you are looking for is potentiate:-
- to cause to be potent; make powerful.
- to increase the effectiveness of; intensify.
This word is sometimes used in the biochemistry trade to cover the situation where two chemicals or reagents are only moderately dangerous to humans of themselves, but in combination are very dangerous indeed. I'm told this is the case with Malathion and Parathion. Each of them is known to be toxic, but in combination they are much more dangerous than either of them would be separately; each of them potentiates the other.
Fusion comes to mind:
a merging of diverse, distinct, or separate elements into a unified whole
Amalgam as in amalgamating also comes to mind:
to unite in or as if in an amalgam; especially: to merge into a single body
During the 19th century, the bundle of rods, in Latin called fasces and in Italian fascio, came to symbolize strength through unity
Though it has that unfortunate connotation of fascism.
And, from the French, melange:
a mixture often of incongruous elements
You might consider catalysis (kuh tal' uh sis). A simple definition could lay the groundwork:
an action between two or more persons or forces, initiated by an agent that itself remains unaffected by the action
You can then explain briefly what a catalytic agent is and suggest that the initial decision to combine the capabilities of both sides can serve as a catalyst in making the synergy stronger. What does a catalyst do? It is something that causes activity between two or more persons or forces without itself being affected.
The decision to use synergy as a mode of action does not change the mode; it serves, however, as a catalyst to double the strength of the synergy. The end product of the synergy is catalyzed by the decision, not vice versa.
Play with it! Adapt it!
Updated: If you are looking for a pithy phrase to describe the benefits of joining two sides.
Unity is strength
These are to be taken as suggestions. As I had to look them up, I am still not very clear on their meanings; I do not pretend they are the answers which the OP is seeking. However, they might be useful in helping him make the final choice.
a superagonist is a type of agonist that is capable of producing a maximal response greater than the endogenous agonist for the target receptor, and thus has an efficacy of more than 100%. For example goserelin is a superagonist of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor.
This word provides further evidence that Brian Hooper's answer, potentiate, is perhaps the correct one.
In clinical pharmacology, a potentiator is a drug, herb, or chemical that intensifies the effects of a given drug, such as hydroxyzine used to get more pain relief and anxiolysis out of an equal dose of an opioid medication. The potentiation can take place at any part of the liberation, absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of the drug.
In animal and plant breeding, this is hybrid vigour (heterosis), which you can extend metaphorically to other cases.
"Metamorphosis", though not necessarily describing a combined effect of various sources, but solely a transformation, and not stating the effects to be positive, negative, or even adhereing to a special entity such as force, could be used to describe a "synergy" ...
The fusion of such and such trigger a metamorphosis that creates an entity richer in force as any of it's original contributors on their own...
Also, I don't know the context, but if you're talking physically, check "metabolic effect" ...
WHAT ABOU A QUOTE?!
The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
@Rick9: For a speech, I would recommend a good quote, by a popular man/woman. You are lucky!!! Aristotle should be famous enough. ;-)
I need it to use it in a speech as a metaphor for synergy or the ability to actually be stronger when using the capabilities of both sides.<
In your speech, you could use it like this:
What you want to say and then: Aristotle, (the great greek philosopher), whose name means "the best purpose", summed it up in a simple formula: The whole is more (alternative: equals more) than the sum of its parts.
The majority of answerers are not reading the question. Hopefully the following point of interest maybe useful when researching your speech regarding using a metaphor for synergy. My old dictionary from last millenium (1980's heh heh) does not list "synergy".
It does show "synecdoche" with the definition as "figure of speech by which whole of thing is put for part or part for whole. eg sail for ship"
Am no linguist but i wonder what the source/root of "synergy" is?.
It would appear "synergy" itself is a metaphor!?
Other words/definitions which have not been listed yet-
- compelling- which may indicate there are other forces other than what is observed
coersive - as in coersive bond (chem)
Another tangent could be the meaning of "threefold cord" being stronger than a two or one fold cord in the Bible. (Ec 4:12) It may take much research to get the meaning- try Watch Tower Library; but the gist is using the same elements to create a far superior strength and symbiotic relationship.
"When these two ... combine, the resulting whole is stronger than the parts"
You would be perfectly clear, you would not open yourself to the accusation of using jargon (synergy) or psychobabble (gestalt), you would not reveal an ignorance of metallurgy (alloy), you would not sound like a foodie (fusion, melange) and you would cause no distress to one whose spouse had very recently left (marriage).