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power Idioms & Phrases


A power, letter, or warrant, of attorney

  • a written authority from one person empowering another to transact business for him.
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Accumulation of energy or power

  • the storing of energy by means of weights lifted or masses put in motion; electricity stored.
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acoustic power

  • noun the physical intensity of sound
    sound pressure level.
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air power

  • noun the aggregation of a country's military aircraft
    aviation.
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atomic power

  • noun nuclear energy regarded as a source of electricity for the power grid (for civilian use)
    atomic power.
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Balance of power

  • noun an equilibrium of power between nations
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  • . (Politics), such an adjustment of power among sovereign states that no one state is in a position to interfere with the independence of the others; international equilibrium; also, the ability ( of a state or a third party within a state) to control the relations between sovereign states or between dominant parties in a state.
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battery-powered

  • adjective satellite powered by one or more electric batteries
    • a battery-powered radio
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Brake horse power

  • the net effective power of a prime mover, as a steam engine, water wheel, etc., in horse powers, as shown by a friction brake. See Friction brake, under Friction.
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Candle power

  • (Photom.), illuminating power, as of a lamp, or gas flame, reckoned in terms of the light of a standard candle.
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central powers

  • noun in World War I the alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary and other nations allied with them in opposing the Allies
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Dispersive power

  • (Opt.), the relative effect of a material in separating the different rays of light by refraction, as when the substance is formed into a prism. Dis*pers"ive*ness, n.
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Dog power

  • a machine operated by the weight of a dog traveling in a drum, or on an endless track, as for churning.
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drawing power

  • noun the capacity for attracting people (customers or supporters)
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electric power

  • noun the product of voltage and current
    wattage; electric power.
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electrical power

  • noun the product of voltage and current
    wattage; electric power.
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flower power

  • noun a counterculture of young people in the US during the 1960s and 70s
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fourth power

  • noun an algebraic equation of the fourth degree
    biquadratic; quartic; biquadrate.
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Gin power

  • a form of horse power for driving a cotton gin.
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great power

  • noun a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
    power; superpower; great power; major power.
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high-power

  • adjective satellite vigorously energetic or forceful
    high-energy; high-power; high-octane; high-voltage.
    • a high-octane sales manager
    • a high-octane marketing plan
    • high-powered executives
    • a high-voltage theatrical entrepreneur
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high-powered

  • adjective satellite vigorously energetic or forceful
    high-energy; high-power; high-octane; high-voltage.
    • a high-octane sales manager
    • a high-octane marketing plan
    • high-powered executives
    • a high-voltage theatrical entrepreneur
  • adjective satellite (used of microscopes) capable of a high degree of magnification
    • a high-powered microscope
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horse power

Horse" pow`er
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  1. .
  2. The power which a horse exerts.
  3. (Mach.) A unit of power, used in stating the power required to drive machinery, and in estimating the capabilities of animals or steam engines and other prime movers for doing work. It is the power required for the performance of work at the rate of 33,000 English units of work per minute; hence, it is the power that must be exerted in lifting 33,000 pounds at the rate of one foot per minute, or 550 pounds at the rate of one foot per second, or 55 pounds at the rate of ten feet per second, etc. ✍ The power of a draught horse, of average strength, working eight hours per day, is about four fifths of a standard horse power.
  4. A machine worked by a horse, for driving other machinery; a horse motor.
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Imperfect power

  • (Math.), a number which can not be produced by taking any whole number or vulgar fraction, as a factor, the number of times indicated by the power; thus, 9 is a perfect square, but an imperfect cube.
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Indicated horse power

  • the power exerted in the cylinder of an engine, stated in horse powers, estimated from the diameter and speed of the piston, and the mean effective pressure upon it as shown by an indicator. See Indicator.
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Indicated power

  • . See Indicated horse power, under Horse power.
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  • noun (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
    jurisdiction.
    • courts having jurisdiction in this district
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low-powered

  • adjective satellite having little power to do work
    • a low-powered engine
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lung-power

  • noun the ability to speak loudly
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magical power

  • noun an ability to perform magic
    magical ability.
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major power

  • noun a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
    power; superpower; great power; major power.
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Mechanical powers

  • certain simple instruments, such as the lever and its modifications (the wheel and axle and the pulley), the inclined plane with its modifications (the screw and the wedge), which convert a small force acting throught a great space into a great force acting through a small space, or vice versa, and are used separately or in combination.
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Motive power

  • noun the power or ability to move
    locomotion; motivity.
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  • (Mach.), a natural agent, as water, steam, wind, electricity, etc., used to impart motion to machinery; a motor; a mover.
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Nominal horse power

  • (Steam Engine), a term still sometimes used in England to express certain proportions of cylinder, but having no value as a standard of measurement.
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nuclear power

  • noun nuclear energy regarded as a source of electricity for the power grid (for civilian use)
    atomic power.
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nuclear-powered ship

  • noun ship whose motive power comes from the energy of a nuclear reactor
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nuclear-powered submarine

  • noun a submarine that is propelled by nuclear power
    nautilus; nuclear submarine.
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Numbers, ∨ Quantities, commensurable in power

  • those whose squares are commensurable.
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people in power

  • noun the class of people exerting power or authority
    ruling class.
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power brake

  • noun a brake on an automobile that magnifies a small force applied to the brake pedal into a proportionately larger force applied to slow or stop the vehicle
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power breakfast

  • noun a meeting of influential people to conduct business while eating breakfast
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power broker

  • noun a person who is important by virtue of the people or votes they control
    powerbroker.
    • a power broker who does you a favor will expect you to return it
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power cable

  • noun cable used to distribute electricity
    power cable.
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power company

  • noun a public utility that provides electricity
    light company; power company; electric company.
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power cord

  • noun a cord to conduct power to an electrical appliance
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power couple

  • noun a couple both of whom have high-powered careers or are politically influential
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power dive

  • noun a dive of an airplane that is accelerated both by gravity and by the power of the engine
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power drill

  • noun a power tool for drilling holes into hard materials
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power failure

  • noun equipment failure resulting when the supply of power fails
    power failure.
    • the ice storm caused a power outage
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power grid

  • noun a system of high tension cables by which electrical power is distributed throughout a region
    grid; power grid.
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power hammer

  • noun a power tool for drilling rocks
    hammer.
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power hunger

  • noun a drive to acquire power
    status seeking.
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power law

  • noun (psychophysics) the concept that the magnitude of a subjective sensation increases proportional to a power of the stimulus intensity
    Stevens' law; power law.
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power line

  • noun cable used to distribute electricity
    power cable.
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power loading

  • noun the ratio of the weight of an airplane to its engine power
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power loom

  • noun a loom operated mechanically
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Power loom, ∨ Power press

  • . See Def. 8 (d), note.
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power meter

  • noun a meter for measuring the amount of electric power used
    electric meter.
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power module

  • noun module that provides power to operate other modules
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power mower

  • noun a lawn mower powered by a gasoline motor
    motor mower.
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Power of a point

  • (relative to a given curve) (Geom.), the result of substituting the coördinates of any point in that expression which being put equal to zero forms the equation of the curve; as, x2 + y2 - 100 is the power of the point x, y, relative to the circle x2 + y2 - 100 = 0.
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power of appointment

  • noun authority given (in a will or deed) by a donor to a donee to appoint the beneficiaries of the donor's property
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Power of attorney

  • noun a legal instrument authorizing someone to act as the grantor's agent
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  • . See under Attorney.
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power outage

  • noun equipment failure resulting when the supply of power fails
    power failure.
    • the ice storm caused a power outage
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power pack

  • noun a device for converting a power supply to a voltage required by particular equipment
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power plant

  • noun an electrical generating station
    powerhouse; power plant.
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power play

  • noun an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power
    squeeze play; squeeze.
    • she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away
  • noun a play in which there is a concentration of players in one location on the field of play
    • they used a power play to return the kickoff
  • noun (ice hockey) a play in which one team has a numerical advantage over the other as a result of penalties
    • the team was unable to capitalize on the power play
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power point

  • noun a wall socket
    point.
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power politics

  • noun diplomacy in which the nations threaten to use force in order to obtain their objectives
    gunboat diplomacy.
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power pylon

  • noun a large vertical steel tower supporting high-tension power lines
    pylon.
    • power pylons are a favorite target for terrorists
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power saw

  • noun a power tool for cutting wood
    saw; sawing machine.
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power series

  • noun the sum of terms containing successively higher integral powers of a variable
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power service

  • noun a public utility that provides electricity
    light company; power company; electric company.
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power shovel

  • noun a machine for excavating
    shovel; digger; excavator.
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power station

  • noun an electrical generating station
    powerhouse; power plant.
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power steering

  • noun automotive steering where engineer power amplifies the torque applied to the steering wheel
    power steering.
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power structure

  • noun the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
    hierarchy; pecking order.
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power system

  • noun a system of high tension cables by which electrical power is distributed throughout a region
    grid; power grid.
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power takeoff

  • noun a device that transfers power from an engine (as in a tractor or other motor vehicle) to another piece of equipment (as to a pump or jackhammer)
    PTO.
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power tool

  • noun a tool driven by a motor
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power train

  • noun wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed
    gearing; geartrain; train; gear.
    • the fool got his tie caught in the geartrain
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power trip

  • noun (slang) a self-aggrandizing action undertaken simply for the pleasure of exercising control over other people
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power unit

  • noun a measure of electric power
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power user

  • noun (computing) a computer user who needs the fastest and most powerful computers available
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power walking

  • noun a form of cardiopulmonary exercise consisting of rapid walking accompanied by vigorous swinging of the arms
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power worker

  • noun a worker at a power station
    power worker.
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power-assisted

  • adjective satellite supplementing or replacing manual effort
    • power-assisted steering
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power-assisted steering

  • noun automotive steering where engineer power amplifies the torque applied to the steering wheel
    power steering.
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power-dive

  • verb make a power dive
    • The airplane power-dived
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power-driven

  • adjective satellite powered by a motor
    • a power-driven hand tool
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power-station worker

  • noun a worker at a power station
    power worker.
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reflective power

  • noun the ratio of reflected to incident light
    albedo.
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resolving power

  • noun the ability of a microscope or telescope to measure the angular separation of images that are close together
    resolution.
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rise to power

  • noun the act of attaining or gaining access to a new office or right or position (especially the throne)
    accession.
    • Elizabeth's accession in 1558
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sea power

  • noun naval strength
  • noun a nation that possesses formidable naval strength
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second power

  • noun the product of two equal terms
    square.
    • nine is the second power of three
    • gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance
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solar power

  • noun energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy
    solar energy.
    • the amount of energy falling on the earth is given by the solar constant, but very little use has been made of solar energy
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staying power

  • noun enduring strength and energy
    stamina; toughness.
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Steam power

  • the force or energy of steam applied to produce results; power derived from a steam engine.
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steam-powered

  • adjective satellite powered by a steam engine
    • a steam-powered locomotive
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stevens' power law

  • noun (psychophysics) the concept that the magnitude of a subjective sensation increases proportional to a power of the stimulus intensity
    Stevens' law; power law.
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stock power

  • noun a power of attorney document to transfer ownership of a registered security from the owner to another party
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supreme headquarters allied powers europe

  • noun the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
    SHAPE.
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The great powers

  • (of Europe), in modern diplomacy, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Russia, and Italy.
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third power

  • noun the product of three equal terms
    cube.
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Unit of power

  • . (Mach.) See Horse power.
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war power

  • noun an extraordinary power exercised (usually by the executive branch) in the prosecution of a war and involving an extension of the powers that the government normally has in peacetime
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water power

Wa"ter pow"er
Definitions
  1. The power of water employed to move machinery, etc.
  2. A fall of water which may be used to drive machinery; a site for a water mill; a water privilege.
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will power

  • noun the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior
    possession; self-will; self-possession; willpower; self-control; self-command.
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wind power

  • noun power derived from the wind (as by windmills)
    wind generation.
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world power

  • noun a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
    power; superpower; great power; major power.
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