power Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun 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
noun (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)
noun possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
- danger heightened his powers of discrimination
noun (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
noun 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
noun a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
noun physical strength
noun a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
superpower; great power; world power; major power.
noun a very wealthy or powerful businessman
business leader; tycoon; magnate; baron; king; mogul; top executive; big businessman.
- an oil baron
verb supply the force or power for the functioning of
- The gasoline powers the engines
(Zoöl.) Same as Poor, the fish.
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;"One next himself in power, and next in crime." Milton. as, a man of great power; the powerof capillary attraction; money gives power.
Ability, regarded as put forth or exerted; strength, force, or energy in action;"The power of fancy." Shak. as, the powerof steam in moving an engine; the powerof truth, or of argument, in producing conviction; the powerof enthusiasm.
Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power; as, great. powerof endurance
Power, then, is active and passive; faculty is active power or capacity; capacity is passive power. Sir W. Hamilton.
The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government.
Power is no blessing in itself but when it is employed to protect the innocent. Swift.
The agent exercising an ability to act; an individual invested with authority; an institution, or government, which exercises control;"The powers of darkness." Milton. as, the great; hence, often, a superhuman agent; a spirit; a divinity. powersof Europe
And the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. Matt. xxiv. 29.
A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.Spenser.
Never such a power . . . Was levied in the body of a land. Shak.
A large quantity; a great number;Colloq. Richardson. as, a. powero good things
(Mech.) (a) 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 ✍ The English unit of power used most commonly is the horse power. See Horse power. (b) A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc. (c) 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. ✍ This use in mechanics, of power as a synonym for force, is improper and is becoming obsolete. (d) A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery;. as, a dog power ✍ Power is used adjectively, denoting, driven, or adapted to be driven, by machinery, and not actuated directly by the hand or foot; as, a power lathe; a power loom; a power press.
(Math.) 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
(Metaph.) Mental or moral ability to act; one of the faculties which are possessed by the mind or soul;I. Watts. as, the. powerof thinking, reasoning, judging, willing, fearing, hoping, etc
The guiltiness of my mind, the sudden surprise of my powers, drove the grossness . . . into a received belief. Shak.
(Optics) 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.
(Law) An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment.Wharton.
Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with. power ✍ Power may be predicated of inanimate agents, like the winds and waves, electricity and magnetism, gravitation, etc., or of animal and intelligent beings; and when predicated of these beings, it may indicate physical, mental, or moral ability or capacity.
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