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power  


      n  
1    ability or capacity to do something  
2    often pl   a specific ability, capacity, or faculty  
3    political, financial, social, etc., force or influence  
4    control or dominion or a position of control, dominion, or authority  
5    a state or other political entity with political, industrial, or military strength  
6    a person who exercises control, influence, or authority  
he's a power in the state     
7    a prerogative, privilege, or liberty  
8   
a    legal authority to act, esp. in a specified capacity, for another  
b    the document conferring such authority  
9   
a    a military force  
b    military potential  
10      (Maths)  
a    the value of a number or quantity raised to some exponent  
b       another name for       exponent       4  
11      (Statistics)   the probability of rejecting the null hypothesis in a test when it is false. The power of a test of a given null depends on the particular alternative hypothesis against which it is tested  
12      (Physics, engineering)   a measure of the rate of doing work expressed as the work done per unit time. It is measured in watts, horsepower, etc.,   (Symbol)    P  
13   
a    the rate at which electrical energy is fed into or taken from a device or system. It is expressed, in a direct-current circuit, as the product of current and voltage and, in an alternating-current circuit, as the product of the effective values of the current and voltage and the cosine of the phase angle between them. It is measured in watts  
b    (as modifier)  
a power amplifier     
14    the ability to perform work  
15   
a    mechanical energy as opposed to manual labour  
b    (as modifier)  
a power mower     
16    a particular form of energy  
nuclear power     
17   
a    a measure of the ability of a lens or optical system to magnify an object, equal to the reciprocal of the focal length. It is measured in dioptres  
b       another word for       magnification  
18    Informal   a large amount or quantity  
a power of good     
19    in one's power   often foll by an infinitive   able or allowed (to)  
20    in (someone's) power   under the control or sway of (someone)  
21    the powers that be   the established authority or administration  
      vb   tr  
22    to give or provide power to  
23    to fit (a machine) with a motor or engine  
24    intr  
Slang   to travel with great speed or force,   (See also)        power down       power up  
     (C13: from Anglo-Norman poer, from Vulgar Latin potere (unattested), from Latin posse to be able)  


air power  
      n   the strength of a nation's air force  
atomic power  
      n      another name for       nuclear power  
auxiliary power unit  
      n   an additional engine fitted to an aircraft to operate when the main engines are not in use  
balance of power  
      n  
1    the distribution of power among countries so that no one nation can seriously threaten the fundamental interests of another  
2    any similar distribution of power or influence  
Black Power  
      n   a social, economic, and political movement of Black people, esp. in the U.S., to obtain equality with Whites  
fire power  
      n     (Military)  
1    the amount of fire that may be delivered by a unit or weapon  
2    the capability of delivering fire  
flower power  
      n  
Informal   a youth cult of the late 1960s advocating peace and love, using the flower as a symbol; associated with drug-taking. Its adherents were known as flower children or flower people  
geothermal power  
      n   power generated using steam produced by heat emanating from the molten core of the earth  
Great Power  
      n   a nation that has exceptional political influence, resources, and military strength  
motive power  
      n  
1    any source of energy used to produce motion  
2    the means of supplying power to an engine, vehicle, etc.  
3    any driving force  
nuclear power  
      n   power, esp. electrical or motive, produced by a nuclear reactor,   (Also called)    atomic power  
power amplifier  
      n     (Electronics)   an amplifier that is usually the final amplification stage in a device and is designed to give the required power output  
power cut  
      n   a temporary interruption or reduction in the supply of electrical power to a particular area,   (Sometimes shortened to)    cut  
power dive  
      n  
1    a steep dive by an aircraft with its engines at high power  
      vb  
  power-dive  
2    to cause (an aircraft) to perform a power dive or (of an aircraft) to perform a power dive  
power down  
      vb   tr, adv   to shut down (a computer system) in a methodical way, concluding by switching the power off  
power dressing  
      n   a style of dressing in severely tailored suits, adopted by some women executives to project an image of efficiency  
power drill  
      n   a hand tool with a rotating chuck driven by an electric motor and designed to take an assortment of tools for drilling, grinding, polishing, etc.  
power factor  
      n   (in an electrical circuit) the ratio of the power dissipated to the product of the input volts times amps  
power line  
      n   a set of conductors used to transmit and distribute electrical energy,   (Sometimes shortened to)    line  
power lunch  
      n   a high-powered business meeting conducted over lunch  
power of appointment  
      n     (Property law)   authority to appoint persons either from a particular class (special power) or selected by the donee of the power (general power) to take an estate or interest in property  
power of attorney  
      n  
1    legal authority to act for another person in certain specified matters  
2    the document conferring such authority,   (Also called)    letter of attorney  
power pack  
      n   a device for converting the current from a supply into direct or alternating current at the voltage required by a particular electrical or electronic device  
power plant  
      n  
1    the complex, including machinery, associated equipment, and the structure housing it, that is used in the generation of power, esp. electrical power  
2    the equipment supplying power to a particular machine or for a particular operation or process  
power point  
      n  
1    an electrical socket mounted on or recessed into a wall  
2    such a socket, esp. one installed before the introduction of 13 ampere ring mains, that is designed to provide a current of up to 15 amperes for supplying heaters, etc., rather than lights  
power politics  
      n   functioning as sing   (in international affairs) the threat or use of force as an instrument of national policy  
power series  
      n   a mathematical series whose terms contain ascending positive integral powers of a variable, such as a0 + a1x + a2x2 +...  
power set  
      n     (Maths, logic)   a set the elements of which are all the subsets of a given set  
power-sharing  
      n   a political arrangement in which opposing groups in a society participate in government  
power station  
      n   an electrical generating station  
power steering  
      n   a form of steering used on vehicles, where the torque applied to the steering wheel is augmented by engine power,   (Also called)    power-assisted steering  
power structure  
      n  
1    the structure or distribution of power and authority in a community  
2    the people and groups who are part of such a structure  
power tool  
      n   a tool powered by electricity  
power up  
      vb   tr, adv   to switch on the power to (a computer system)  
resolving power  
      n  
1      (Also called)    resolution     (Physics)  
a    the ability of a microscope, telescope, or other optical instrument to produce separate images of closely placed objects  
b    the ability of a spectrometer to separate two adjacent peaks in a spectrum  
2      (Photog)   the ability of an emulsion to show up fine detail in an image  
sea power  
      n  
1    a nation that possesses great naval strength  
2    the naval strength of a country or nation  
solar power  
      n   heat radiation from the sun converted into electrical power  
staying power  
      n   endurance; stamina  
stopping power  
      n     (Physics)   a measure of the effect a substance has on the kinetic energy of a particle passing through it  
tidal power  
      n   the use of the rise and fall of tides involving very large volumes of water at low heads to generate electric power  
water power  
      n  
1    the power latent in a dynamic or static head of water as used to drive machinery, esp. for generating electricity  
2    a source of such power, such as a drop in the level of a river, etc.  
3    the right to the use of water for such a purpose, as possessed by a water mill  
wave power  
      n   power extracted from the motion of sea waves at the coast  
wind power  
      n   power produced from windmills and wind turbines  
world power  
      n   a state that possesses sufficient power to influence events throughout the world  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
adj.
a person with more power or authority than others
Eg.: Your father is one of the dominant man in his section because he is boss.
n.
dominant position, use of an office with power and influence to expose or impose one's views
canned by Theodore Roosevelt
exp.
The rights of ownership and power for transference of one’s web assets belong to the individual.
[Tech.]
id.
expression referring to the belief that those who hold the power are entitled to anything
n.
computation device whose processing power is derived from the application of quantum physics phenomena
[Tech.]
exp.
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
n.
game of power inside a company's board or management team
[Leg.];[Bus.]

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