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Definition 1: possession of controlling influence - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where power or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the deterrent power of nuclear weapons
  • the power of his love saved her
  • his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade

Synonyms for power in the sense of this definition

(power is a kind of ...) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

(... is a kind of power ) a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc

"used her parents' influence to get the job"

(... is a kind of power ) the power to repel

"she knew many repellents to his advances"

(... is a kind of power ) power to direct or determine

"under control"

(... is a kind of power ) (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law

"courts having jurisdiction in this district"

(... is a kind of power ) the power to use something or someone

"used all the resources at his disposal"

(... is a kind of power ) the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies

(... is a kind of power ) the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature)

(... is a kind of power ) power to be effective; the quality of being able to bring about an effect

(... is a kind of power ) controlling influence

(... is a kind of power ) complete power over a person or situation

"corporations have a stranglehold on the media" "the president applied a chokehold to labor disputes that inconvenienced the public"

(... is a kind of power ) capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects

"the toxin's potency" "the strength of the drinks"

(... is a kind of power ) (chemistry) a property of atoms or radicals; their combining power given in terms of the number of hydrogen atoms (or the equivalent)

(... is a kind of power ) (biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate

(... is a kind of power ) superiority in power or influence

"the preponderance of good over evil" "the preponderance of wealth and power"

(... is a kind of power ) power to influence or coerce

"the puissance of the labor vote"

(... is a kind of power ) the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty

"the strength of his argument settled the matter"

(... is a kind of power ) the quality of being overpowering and impossible to resist

(... is a kind of power ) the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)

"they said nothing of great interest" "primary colors can add interest to a room"

(... are attributes of power) having great power or force or potency or effect

"the most powerful government in western Europe" "his powerful arms" "a powerful bomb" "the horse's powerful kick" "powerful drugs" "a powerful argument"

(... are attributes of power) lacking power

Definition 2: physical strength - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for power in the sense of this definition

(power is a kind of ...) the property of being physically or mentally strong

"fatigue sapped his strength"

Definition 3: possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where power or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • danger heightened his powers of discrimination

Synonyms for power in the sense of this definition

(power is a kind of ...) the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

(... is a kind of power ) one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

(... is a kind of power ) more than ordinary ability

(... is a kind of power ) ability

"he wanted to try his hand at singing"

(... is a kind of power ) an ability that has been acquired by training

(... is a kind of power ) ability to produce solutions in some problem domain

"the skill of a well-trained boxer" "the sweet science of pugilism"

(... is a kind of power ) the ability to think and act independently

(... is a kind of power ) the ability to create

(... is a kind of power ) the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior

(... is a kind of power ) the ability to speak two languages colloquially

(... is a kind of power ) inherent ability

(... is a kind of power ) the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience

(... is a kind of power ) the ability to lead

"he believed that leadership can be taught"

(... is a kind of power ) the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something

(... are attributes of power) (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something

"able to swim" "she was able to program her computer" "we were at last able to buy a car" "able to get a grant for the project"

Definition 4: a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for power in the sense of this definition

(power is a kind of ...) a notation used by mathematicians

(... is a kind of power ) the highest power of a term or variable

(... is a kind of power ) the exponent required to produce a given number

Definition 5: a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for power in the sense of this definition

(power is a kind of ...) a politically organized body of people under a single government

"the state has elected a new president" "African nations" "students who had come to the nation's capitol" "the country's largest manufacturer" "an industrialized land"

(... is a kind of power ) a leading or paramount power

Definition 6: one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority - [noun denoting person]

Samples where power or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the mysterious presence of an evil power
  • may the force be with you
  • the forces of evil

Synonyms for power in the sense of this definition

(power is a kind of ...) any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

(... is a kind of power ) a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way

(... is a kind of power ) one having power to influence another

"she was the most important influence in my life" "he was a bad influence on the children"

(... is a kind of power ) a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice

"the great Moloch of war" "duty has become the Moloch of modern life"

Definition 7: a very wealthy or powerful businessman - [noun denoting person]

Samples where power or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an oil baron

Synonyms for power in the sense of this definition

(power is a kind of ...) a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)

(... is a kind of power ) a powerful person in the oil business

Definition 8: (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second) - [noun denoting phenomenon]

(power is a kind of ...) a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy

(... is a kind of power ) the product of voltage and current

(... is a kind of power ) the power to do work that is latent in a head of water

(power belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 9: energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where power or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they built a car that runs on electricity
  • The power went oout around midnight

Synonyms for power in the sense of this definition

(power is a kind of ...) (physics) a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs

"energy can take a wide variety of forms"

(... is a kind of power ) an electric current that reverses direction sinusoidally

"In the US most household current is AC at 60 cycles per second"

(... is a kind of power ) an electric current that flows in one direction steadily

(... is a kind of power ) an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes

Definition 10: (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power - [noun denoting state]

Samples where power or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for power in the sense of this definition

(power is a kind of ...) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of power ) the power (usually of a president or governor) to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted in that jurisdiction

(... is a kind of power ) 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

(power belongs to category ...) the act of governing; exercising authority

"regulations for the governing of state prisons" "he had considerable experience of government"

Definition 11: supply the force or power for the functioning of - [verb of consumption]

Samples where power or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The gasoline powers the engines

(power is a kind of ...) give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

"The hostess provided lunch for all the guests"

(... is a kind of power ) cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling

"The amplifier drives the tube" "steam drives the engines" "this device drives the disks for the computer"

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