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What does "Power" mean?

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(n.) A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o/ good things (n.) A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power (n.) A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc (n.) A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host (n.) 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 (n.) 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 (n.) An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment (n.) 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 (n.) Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power; as, great power of endurance (n.) Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power (n.) 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 (n.) Same as Poor, the fish (n.) 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 (n.) 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 (n.) The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government (n.) 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 (n.) 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


Synonyms force, index, office, ability, king, might, mogul, exponent, baron, tycoon, magnate, potency, superpower, mightiness, world power, business leader, great power, major power, big businessman, powerfulness, top executive, power-assisted


Example: "The deterrent power of nuclear weapons" Example: "The mysterious presence of an evil power" Example: "Danger heightened his powers of discrimination" Example: "During his first year in power" Example: "The gasoline powers the engines"


Word Family powered, powerful, powerfully, powering, powerless, powerlessly, powerlessness, powers