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  1. pow·er
  2. noun

    • 1. the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality:

      the power of speech his powers of concentration the power to raise the dead
    • 2. the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events:

      she had me under her power the idea that men should have power over women
    • 3. political or social authority or control, especially that exercised by a government:

      the party had been in power for eight years a power struggle
    • 4. a right or authority that is given or delegated to a person or body:

      police do not have the power to stop and search emergency powers
    • 5. the military strength of a state:

      the sea power of Venice
    • 6. a state or country, especially one viewed in terms of its international influence and military strength:

      a great colonial power
    • 7. a person or organization that is strong or influential within a particular context:

      he was a power in the university
    • 8. a supernatural being, deity, or force:

      the powers of darkness
    • 9. (in traditional Christian angelology) the sixth highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.

    • 10. denoting something associated with people who hold authority and influence, especially in the context of business or politics:

      a red power tie
    • 11. used in the names of movements aiming to enhance the status of a specified group:

      gay power
    • 12. physical strength and force exerted by something or someone:

      the power of the storm the lyrical power of his prose
      Synonym : strength, powerfulness, might, force, forcefulness, mightiness, weight, vigor, energy, intensity, potency, brawn, brawniness, muscle, punch, welly, thew, forcefulness, powerfulness, potency, strength, force, eloquence, effectiveness, cogency, persuasiveness, impressiveness, authoritativeness, punch
    • 13. capacity or performance of an engine or other device:

      he applied full power
      Synonym : driving force, horsepower, hp, acceleration, poke, oomph, grunt
    • 14. denoting a sports player, team, or style of play that makes use of power rather than finesse:

      a power pitcher
    • 15. the magnifying capacity of a lens.

    • 16. energy that is produced by mechanical, electrical, or other means and used to operate a device:

      generating power from waste power cables
      Synonym : energy, electrical power, nuclear power, solar power, steam power, water power, juice
    • 17. electrical energy supplied to an area, building, etc.:

      the power went off
    • 18. driven by electrical energy:

      a power drill
    • 19. the time-rate of doing work, measured in watts or less frequently horsepower.

    • 20. the number of times a certain number is to be multiplied by itself:

      2 to the power of 4 equals 16


    • 1. supply (a device) with mechanical or electrical energy:

      the car is powered by a fuel-injected 3.0-liter engine a nuclear-powered submarine
    • 2. switch a device on or off:

      the officer powered up the fighter's radar
    • 3. move or travel with great speed or force:

      they powered past the dock toward the mouth of the creek
    • 4. direct (something, especially a ball) with great force:

      Nicholas powered a header into the net
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: power, plural noun: powers

    • v.: verb: power, 3rd person present: powers, gerund or present participle: powering, past tense: powered, past participle: powered

    • noun

      the ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way:

      the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events:

    • verb

      supply (a device) with mechanical or electrical energy:

      switch a device on or off:

    • noun

      tactics exhibiting or intended to increase a person's power or influence:

      offensive tactics in a team sport involving the concentration of players at a particular point.

    • adjective

      having a strong desire for power:

      (of a device) using or requiring a lot of electrical power:

    • noun

      the action of switching on an electrical device, especially a computer.

      (in a video game) a bonus that a player can collect and that gives their character an advantage, such as more strength or firepower.

    • noun

      a brisk walk as a form of aerobic exercise:
    • verb

      walk briskly as a form of aerobic exercise:
    • noun

      a steep dive of an aircraft with the engines providing thrust.
    • verb

      perform a power dive.
    • noun

      the amount of electrical power required for a particular device:

      a numerical representation of a sports team's strength for betting purposes:

    • noun

      the energy (in the form of steam, electricity, etc.) used to drive machinery.

      the locomotive engines of a railroad system collectively.

    • noun

      the mechanism that transmits the drive from the engine of a vehicle to its axle.

      the power train, the engine, and the axle considered collectively.

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