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Power meaning

power - 20 dictionary results

  1. 1. possession of controlling influence; " the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; " the power of his love saved her"; " his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"
  2. 2. ( of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power; " being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage"; " during his first year in office"; " during his first year in power"; " the power of the president"
  3. 3. Same as Poor, the fish.
  4. 4. Ability to act, regarded as latent or inherent; the faculty of doing or performing something; capacity for action or performance; capability of producing an effect, whether physical or moral: potency; might; as, a man of great power; the power of capillary attraction; money gives power.
  5. 5. Ability, regarded as put forth or exerted; strength, force, or energy in action; as, the power of steam in moving an engine; the power of truth, or of argument, in producing conviction; the power of enthusiasm.
  6. 6. Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power; as, great power of endurance.
  7. 7. The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government.
  8. 8. The agent exercising an ability to act; an individual invested with authority; an institution, or government, which exercises control; as, the great powers of Europe; hence, often, a superhuman agent; a spirit; a divinity.
  9. 9. A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.
  10. 10. A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o/ good things.
  11. 11. The rate at which mechanical energy is exerted or mechanical work performed, as by an engine or other machine, or an animal, working continuously; as, an engine of twenty horse power.
  12. 12. A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc.
  13. 13. Applied force; force producing motion or pressure; as, the power applied at one and of a lever to lift a weight at the other end.
  14. 14. A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power.
  15. 15. The product arising from the multiplication of a number into itself; as, a square is the second power, and a cube is third power, of a number.
  16. 16. Mental or moral ability to act; one of the faculties which are possessed by the mind or soul; as, the power of thinking, reasoning, judging, willing, fearing, hoping, etc.
  17. 17. The degree to which a lens, mirror, or any optical instrument, magnifies; in the telescope, and usually in the microscope, the number of times it multiplies, or augments, the apparent diameter of an object; sometimes, in microscopes, the number of times it multiplies the apparent surface.
  18. 18. An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment.
  19. 19. Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power.
  20. 20. Authority; influence; strength; faculty; a State; multiplication of a number by itself.

power - examples of usage

  1. I have the will- perhaps the power- at least Means that have power against the world.
  2. He has a power of work in him. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. It is yet in my power to save him. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
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