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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 very wealthy or powerful businessman; " an oil baron"
  3. a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
  4. 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"
  5. a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
  6. physical strength
  7. ( 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"
  8. supply the force or power for the functioning of; " The gasoline powers the engines"
  9. ( physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/ second)
  10. supplementing or replacing manual effort; " power brakes"; " power- assisted steering"
  11. 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"
  12. ( 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"
  13. powerful
  14. Same as Poor, the fish.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power; as, great power of endurance.
  18. The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government.
  19. 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.
  20. A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.
  21. A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o/ good things.
  22. 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.
  23. A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc.
  24. 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.
  25. A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment.
  30. Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power.
  31. The exertion of a strong influence or control over others in a variety of settings-- administrative, social, academic, etc.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. Authority; influence; strength; faculty; a State; multiplication of a number by itself.
  35. Powerless.
  36. Authority.
  37. Strength manifested in effective action; energy.
  38. Any agent that exercises power.
  39. Powerly.
  40. Powerness.
  41. 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.
  42. Ability; capacity; strength; energy; faculty or energy of mind; influence; rule or authority; a sovereign; one invested with authority.
  43. 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.
  44. Possessing power, as a power- loom.
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Quotes of power

  1. In this context the British and Irish governments will have to promote a new, imaginative and dynamic alternative in which both governments will share power in the north. – Gerry Adams
  2. Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces. – Julius Caesar
  3. The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society. – James F. Cooper
  4. Our own theological Church, as we know, has scorned and vilified the body till it has seemed almost a reproach and a shame to have one, yet at the same time has credited it with power to drag the soul to perdition. – Eliza Farnham
  5. We are putting more and more power into a system which is less and less able to carry it reliably. – Paul Gillmor
  6. Only in the last week, South Carolina announced that it is seeking to become the U. S. center for hydrogen fuel cells, and BMW revealed that it will power some of its high -end model cars with hydrogen. – Virgil Goode
  7. God wants to father all of us until we're dead sure of his approval, his guiding power and his promise of heaven. – Bill Hybels
  8. Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt. – Lawrence Lessig
  9. Properly, we should read for power Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand. – Ezra Pound
  10. Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  11. The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power and suited for our temperament and condition. – John Ruskin
  12. The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power – Nikola Tesla
  13. What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking. – Voltaire
  14. He is a great simpleton who imagines that the chief power of wealth is to supply wants. In ninety -nine cases out of a hundred it creates more wants than it supplies. – William Wirt
  15. New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Usage examples for power

  1. " There again, Power listen to that! – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  2. You little know your power – Abroad with the Jimmies by Lilian Bell
  3. These would wish that good men in power should be brought to see what is duty. – The Ordinance of Covenanting by John Cunningham
  4. What was the secret of such a power – A Short History of Russia by Mary Platt Parmele
  5. But one thing at least is in my power – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  6. 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
  7. You doubt my power – Folk-Tales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day
  8. Wondering if even the E's should have that much power over others." – Eight Keys to Eden by Mark Irvin Clifton
  9. 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
  10. Of their own power – Rosmerholm by Henrik Ibsen
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. You're in my power – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  14. It's not in my power – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  15. 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
  16. Some hidden power held her back. – The Crack of Doom by Robert Cromie
  17. 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
  18. Did Madame de Clericy know all that she placed within my power – Dross by Henry Seton Merriman
  19. I knew then that I was more in his power than ever. – Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
  20. If she is caught, that gives you a power over her? – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance

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