power meaning

[ 'pauə ] Pronunciation:   "power" in a sentence
Noun: power  pawu(r)
  1. Possession of controlling influence
    "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"
    - powerfulness 
  2. (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second) 
  3. Possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
    "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
    - ability 
  4. (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power
    "during his first year in power"; "the power of the president"
    - office 
  5. One possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
    "the mysterious presence of an evil power"
    - force 
  6. A mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
    - exponent, index 
  7. Physical strength
    - might, mightiness 
  8. A state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
    - world power, major power, great power, superpower 
  9. A very wealthy or powerful businessman
    - baron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, top executive, tycoon
Verb: power  pawu(r)
  1. Supply the force or power for the functioning of
    "The petrol powers the engines"

Derived forms: powering, powers, powered

See also: able, powerful, powerless

Type of: body politic, businessman, cater, causal agency, causal agent, cause, cognition, commonwealth, country, knowledge, land, man of affairs, mathematical notation, nation, noesis, physical phenomenon, ply, provide, quality, res publica, state, strength, supply

Antonym: powerlessness

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The rate at which work is performed, energy is transformed or transferred, or energy is consumed; usually expressed in watts or horsepower.

noun, verb, adjective



1 [U]

the ability to control or influence people, things, events, etc:

The report said the banks had too much power over small businesses.

She has the power to hire and fire.

There is currently a power struggle over who will head up the company after the merger.

They understand the power of the Internet and what information can do.

The balance of power has changed for the worse.

2 [U] (used to form compound nouns)

strength or influence in a particular area of activity:

the growing economic power of women consumers

3 [C]

a powerful country, organization or person that has a lot of influence:

world powers

It has become one of the major powers in the world of IT.

4 [U]

energy that can be used to operate a machine, to make electricity, etc:

renewable energy sources such as hydro, wind and solar power

A nuclear power plant has recently opened.

5 [U]

the public supply of electricity:

They've switched off the power.

There was a power cut.

Power has been restored to 100 000 homes.

6 [U]

the ability of a machine, an engine, etc. to do work:

The new server breaks the record for computing power.

The new piston will increase engine power.

7 [U,C]

the right or authority of a person or group to do sth:

They will soon have wider powers to oversee auditors.

It is not within my power to make that kind of decision.

He has lost most of his executive powers.

verb [+ obj]

to supply a machine or vehicle with the energy that makes it work:

The aircraft is powered by a jet engine.

◆ (figurative) Sales growth has been powered by new stores and a new image.

The plant generates enough energy to power a town of 6 000 people.


power sth up

to prepare a machine to start working by supplying it with electricity, etc:

I need to power up my laptop.



operated by a motor, electricity, etc:

power tools


used to describe sth that shows you have an important position in a company POWER DRESSING

1) Strength in arranging the terms of one's dealing with other firms or people. See bargaining power, countervailing power, and monopoly power.

2) An instruction to multiply a number of times. The nth power of x is 1 multiplied by x, n times; n is the exponent of x. Powers may be positive or negative; x-n is one divided by x, n times. They may also be fractional; if y = x1/m, y is the mth root of x.

1. Symbol, P. Unit, watt. The rate of doing work, or producing or transmitting energy. In direct-current circuits, and in alternating-current circuits containing no reactance, power is the product of the root-mean-square current and voltage. See, for example, AC POWER, APPARENT POWER, DC POWER, KILOVOLT-AMPERE, POWER FACTOR, REACTIVE KILOVOLT-AMPERE, REACTIVE VOLT-AMPERE, TRUE POWER, VOLT-AMPERE, WATT, and WATTLESS POWER.
2. The product obtained by multiplying a quantity x by itself n times, written xn. For example, 24 = 2 × 2 × 2 × 2 = 8; here, 8 is the fourth power of 2. Compare ROOT,
1. 3. The exponent in an expression, as defined in
power amplification 1. The amplification of a signal having a certain power (wattage) to produce a signal having greater power.
2. The signal power increase, expressed as a ratio or as a figure in decibels, resulting from the process defined in
1. Also called POWER GAIN.


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