Power meaning

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Power is defined as the ability to act or have influence over others.

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.

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Power means to supply with energy or force.

An example of power is to start up an engine.

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Ability to do, act, or produce.
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A nation, esp. one having influence or domination over other nations.

A treaty with foreign powers.

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The definition of power is operating electrically or having strength or force.

An example of power is the functioning of a gasoline-driven saw or tool.

An example of power is a big game move.

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Great ability to do, act, or affect strongly; vigor; force; strength.
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The rate at which work is done: abbrev. P.
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Of or relating to political, social, or economic control.

A power struggle; a power base.

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The rate at which work is done, or energy expended, per unit time. Power is usually measured in watts (especially for electrical power) or horsepower (especially for mechanical power). For a path conducting electrical current, such as a component in an electric circuit, P = VI, where P is the power dissipated along the path, V is the voltage across the path, and I is the current through the path.
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In a statistical test, the probability of correctly rejecting the null hypothesis when it is false.
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To supply with power or with a source of power.
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Operated with mechanical or electrical energy in place of bodily exertion.

A power tool; power car windows.

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The rate at which work is done, expressed as the amount of work per unit time and commonly measured in units such as the watt and horsepower.
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A measure of the magnification of an optical instrument, such as a microscope or telescope.
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An armed force.
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Of or relating to the generation or transmission of electricity.

Power companies; power lines.

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Of or relating to influential business or professional practices.

A pinstriped suit with a power tie; met with high-level executives at a power breakfast.

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To supply with power, especially mechanical or electrical power.
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A specific ability or faculty.

The power of hearing.

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A source of physical or mechanical force or energy; force or energy that is at, or can be put to, work.

Electric power, water power.

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A person or thing having great influence, force, or authority.
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A spirit or divinity.
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A large number or quantity (of something specified)
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The degree of magnification of a lens, microscope, telescope, etc., expressed as a ratio of the diameters of image and object.
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Operated by electricity, a fuel engine, etc.

Power tools, a power mower.

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Served by an auxiliary, engine-powered system that reduces the effort of the operation.

Power steering.

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Producing or carrying electricity.

A power cell, power lines.

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Of, for, or signifying persons in business or politics who are regarded as powerful.

A power lunch, a power suit.

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The source of energy used to operate a machine or other system.
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The number of times a number or expression is multiplied by itself, as shown by an exponent. Thus ten to the sixth power, or 106 , equals one million.
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A number that represents the magnification of an optical instrument, such as a microscope or telescope. A 500-power microscope can magnify an image to 500 times its original size.
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(1) Electricity. See current, volt, watt, AC and DC.
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The amount of current (I) times the voltage (E) at a given point in a circuit. Power is measured in watts (W), equivalent to joules per second.
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Strength or intensity. 3.The rate at which work is performed.
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(social) Effectiveness.
  • (countable) Capability or influence.
    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.
  • Control, particularly legal or political (jurisdiction).
    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.
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(physical, uncountable) Effectiveness.
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(mathematics) Effectiveness.
  • A product of equal factors. Notation and usage: xn, read as "x to the power of n" or "x to the nth power", denotes x × x × ... × x, in which x appears n times, where n is called the exponent; the definition is extended to non-integer and complex exponents.
  • (set theory) Cardinality.
  • (statistics) The probability that a statistical test will reject the null hypothesis when the alternative hypothesis is true.
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(biblical) In Christian angelology, the fourth level of angels, ranked above archangels and below principalities.
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To provide power for (a mechanical or electronic device).

This CD player is powered by batteries.

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A button of a computer, a video game console, or similar device, that when pressed, causes the device to be either shut down or powered up.
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A large number or amount.
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National might or political strength.
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To hit or kick something forcefully.
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powers that be
  • Those who hold effective power in a system or situation:.
    A plan vetoed by the powers that be.
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in power
  • In authority.
  • In office.
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the powers that be
  • The persons in control.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the powers that be

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 Middle English poer, from Old French poer, from Medieval Latin *potere, for Latin posse (“to be able"); see potent.

    From Wiktionary

  • From power.

    From Wiktionary