Definitions of power

  1. supply the force or power for the functioning of; " The gasoline powers the engines"
  2. 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.
  3. possession of the qualities ( especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; " danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
  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. physical strength
  6. ( 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"
  7. ( physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/ second)
  8. ( 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"
  9. Same as Poor, the fish.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power; as, great power of endurance.
  13. The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government.
  14. 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.
  15. A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.
  16. A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o/ good things.
  17. 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.
  18. A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc.
  19. A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment.
  24. Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Authority; influence; strength; faculty; a State; multiplication of a number by itself.
  28. Authority.
  29. Strength manifested in effective action; energy.
  30. Any agent that exercises power.
  31. Powerness.
  32. 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.
  33. Ability; capacity; strength; energy; faculty or energy of mind; influence; rule or authority; a sovereign; one invested with authority.
  34. Powerly.
  35. Powerless.
  36. Possessing power, as a power- loom.
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