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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.

    • noun

      electric or motive power generated by a nuclear reactor.

      a country that has nuclear weapons:

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

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

    • noun

      the ability of an optical instrument or type of film to separate or distinguish small or closely adjacent images.

      the ability of an electronic device to produce images that can be distinguished.

    • noun

      a self-contained and typically transportable unit which stores and supplies electrical power.

      a transformer for converting an alternating current to a direct current at a different (usually lower) voltage.

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