An example of power is the strength needed to run five miles.
An example of power is the authority a local government has to collect taxes.
An example of power is to start up an engine.
A treaty with foreign powers.
An example of power is the functioning of a gasoline-driven saw or tool.
An example of power is a big game move.
A power struggle; a power base.
A power tool; power car windows.
Power companies; power lines.
A pinstriped suit with a power tie; met with high-level executives at a power breakfast.
The power of hearing.
Electric power, water power.
Power tools, a power mower.
A power cell, power lines.
A power lunch, a power suit.
- An incident which happened about this time will set the characters of these two lads more fairly before the discerning reader than is in the power of the longest dissertation.Thwackum, on the contrary, maintained that the human mind, since the fall, was nothing but a sink of iniquity, till purified and redeemed by grace. [...] The favourite phrase of the former, was the natural beauty of virtue; that of the latter, was the divine power of grace.
- The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others ; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. [...] We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.In the face of expanding federal power, California in particular struggled to maintain control over its Chinese population.
- (chiefly in the plural) The people in charge of legal or political power, the government.
- Influential nations, companies, or other such bodies.
- He needed a lot of power to hit the ball out of the stadium.
- After the pylons collapsed, this town was without power for a few days.
- We need a microscope with higher power.
This CD player is powered by batteries.
- Those who hold effective power in a system or situation:.A plan vetoed by the powers that be.
- In authority.
- In office.
- The persons in control.
Origin of power
- Middle English from Old French pooir to be able, power from Vulgar Latin potēre to be able from Latin potis able, powerful poti- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From power.