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Definitions of power

  1. possession of the qualities ( especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; " danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
  2. a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
  3. one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; " the mysterious presence of an evil power"; " may the force be with you"; " the forces of evil"
  4. physical strength
  5. ( 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 power"
  6. supply the force or power for the functioning of; " The gasoline powers the engines"
  7. ( physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/ second)
  8. supplementing or replacing manual effort; " power brakes"; " power- assisted steering"
  9. ( 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"
  10. powerful
  11. Same as Poor, the fish.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power; as, great power of endurance.
  15. The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government.
  16. 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.
  17. A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.
  18. A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o/ good things.
  19. 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.
  20. A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc.
  21. A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment.
  26. Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power.
  27. State of being able to do or perform something; energy put forth; force; strength; rule; authority; state or nation; great influence; the rate at which mechanical energy is put forth; as, ten horse power; the result obtained by multiplying a number by itself; as, four is the second power of two.
  28. Strength: energy: faculty of the mind: any agency: moving force of anything: rule: authority: influence: ability: capacity: a ruler: a divinity: the result of the continued multiplication of a quantity by itself any given number of times: ( optics) magnifying strength: ( obs.) a great many.
  29. Authority; influence; strength; faculty; a State; multiplication of a number by itself.
  30. Powerless.
  31. Authority.
  32. Strength manifested in effective action; energy.
  33. Any agent that exercises power.
  34. Powerly.
  35. Powerness.
  36. The faculty of doing or performing anything; force; strength; energy; ability; influence; dominion; authority; a ruler; one who or that which has power; a divinity; a supernatural being supposed to have dominion over some part of creation; military force: legal authority; that which produces motion or force; the product arising from the multiplication of a number or quantity into itself. Power of attorney, a written authority to act for another.
  37. Ability; capacity; strength; energy; faculty or energy of mind; influence; rule or authority; a sovereign; one invested with authority.
  38. A supernatural being or agent; in arith. and alg., the product arising from the multiplying of a quantity or number into itself one or more time; in law, a reservation in a deed or agreement; in mech., the moving force of a body or machine, or that which produces it; in optics, the maguifying strength.
  39. Possessing power, as a power- loom.
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Usage examples for power

  1. But one thing at least is in my power. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  2. Wondering if even the E's should have that much power over others." – Eight Keys to Eden by Mark Irvin Clifton
  3. Was Daubrecq not in a better position than any of us to know the full power of that paper? – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  4. What was the secret of such a power? – A Short History of Russia by Mary Platt Parmele
  5. These would wish that good men in power should be brought to see what is duty. – The Ordinance of Covenanting by John Cunningham
  6. If you want me you've only got to say the name of power and ask the charm to bring me to you. – The Story of the Amulet by E. Nesbit
  7. Did Madame de Clericy know all that she placed within my power? – Dross by Henry Seton Merriman
  8. Some hidden power held her back. – The Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
  9. Of their own power? – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  10. Baldwin, this is getting to be a serious matter with me, and with you, too, if you want to hold your political power. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
  11. If she is caught, that gives you a power over her? – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance
  12. I knew then that I was more in his power than ever. – Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
  13. It's not in my power." – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  14. You doubt my power? – Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day
  15. After that things are set in order here, We'll follow them with all the power we have. – King-Henry-VI-Part-1 by Shakespeare, William
  16. " There again, Power,- listen to that! – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  17. Much good may he do you then, for I'm sure when he was in my power he never did any good to me. – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  18. You little know your power. – Abroad with the Jimmies by Lilian Bell
  19. You're in my power. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  20. There's only one motive power that I can think of strong enough to keep you moving. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
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