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Pow•ers  (pouərz),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalHiram, 1805–73, U.S. sculptor.

  • WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
    pow•er /ˈpaʊɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
    1. ability to do or act;
      capability of doing something: [uncountable]He no longer had the power to speak after his stroke.[countable]at the height of his powers as a pitcher.
    2. political or national strength:[uncountable]the balance of power in Europe.
    3. great or marked ability to do or act:[uncountable]the power of nature.
    4. the act of having control over others:[uncountable]holding power over people's minds.
    5. political control in the government of a country, state, etc.:[uncountable]He was in power during the worst recession in history.
    6. authority granted to a person or persons in a particular capacity: [countable]the powers of the president to command the military.[uncountable]It's not in my power to help you.
    7. [countable] a person or thing that has authority:Can you convince the powers upstairs that your plan will succeed?See powers that be below.
    8. a state or nation having authority or influence:[countable]The great powers met to decide the fate of the small country.
    9. Physics[uncountable]work done or energy transferred.
    10. Mechanics mechanical or electrical energy as distinguished from hand labor:[uncountable]hydroelectric power.
    11. Mathematics[countable]
      • the number one obtains by multiplying a quantity by itself one or more times:The third power of 2 is 8.
      • the exponent of an expression, as 3 in x 3.
    12. [uncountable] a measure of how much a microscope or pair of binoculars magnifies an image.

    v. [+ object]
    1. Mechanics, Electricity(of a fuel, engine, etc.) to supply force to operate (a machine):Electricity powers the commuter trains.

    adj. [before a noun]
    1. Electricitydriven by a motor or electricity:a power mower; power tools.
    2. Electricityconducting electricity:a power cable.
    3. Informal Termsexpressing power;
      involving, or being like, those having influence:The executives met for a power breakfast.
    Idioms
    1. Idiomsthe powers that be, [plural] those in highest command;
      the authorities:Can you persuade the powers that be that your plan will work?


    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
    pow•er  (pouər),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. ability to do or act;
      capability of doing or accomplishing something.
    2. political or national strength:the balance of power in Europe.
    3. great or marked ability to do or act;
      strength;
      might;
      force.
    4. the possession of control or command over others;
      authority;
      ascendancy:power over men's minds.
    5. political ascendancy or control in the government of a country, state, etc.:They attained power by overthrowing the legal government.
    6. legal ability, capacity, or authority:the power of attorney.
    7. delegated authority;
      authority granted to a person or persons in a particular office or capacity:the powers of the president.
    8. a document or written statement conferring legal authority.
    9. a person or thing that possesses or exercises authority or influence.
    10. a state or nation having international authority or influence:The great powers held an international conference.
    11. a military or naval force:The Spanish Armada was a mighty power.
    12. Often,  powers. a deity;
      divinity:the heavenly powers.
    13. Religionpowers, [Theol.]an order of angels. Cf.  angel (def. 1).
    14. Slang Terms[Dial.]a large number or amount:There's a power of good eatin' at the church social.
    15. Physics
      • work done or energy transferred per unit of time. Symbol: P
      • the time rate of doing work.
    16. Mechanicsmechanical energy as distinguished from hand labor:a loom driven by power.
    17. Physics, Mechanicsa particular form of mechanical or physical energy:hydroelectric power.
    18. Mechanicsenergy, force, or momentum:The door slammed shut, seemingly under its own power.
    19. Mathematics
      • the product obtained by multiplying a quantity by itself one or more times:The third power of 2 is 8.
      • (of a number x) a number whose logarithm is a times the logarithm of x (and is called the a th power of x). Symbolically, y = xa is a number that satisfies the equation log y = a log x.
      • the exponent of an expression, as a in xa.
      • See  cardinal number (def. 2).
    20. Optics
      • the magnifying capacity of a microscope, telescope, etc., expressed as the ratio of the diameter of the image to the diameter of the object. Cf.  magnification (def. 2).
      • the reciprocal of the focal length of a lens.
    21. Idiomsthe powers that be, those in supreme command;
      the authorities:The decision is in the hands of the powers that be.

    v.t. 
    1. Electricityto supply with electricity or other means of power:Atomic energy powers the new submarines.
    2. to give power to;
      make powerful:An outstanding quarterback powered the team in its upset victory.
    3. to inspire;
      spur;
      sustain:A strong faith in divine goodness powers his life.
    4. Mechanics, Electricity(of a fuel, engine, or any source able to do work) to supply force to operate (a machine):An electric motor powers this drill.
    5. to drive or push by applying power:She powered the car expertly up the winding mountain road.
    6. Computingpower down, to shut off.
    7. Computingpower up, to turn on.

    adj. 
    1. Electricityoperated or driven by a motor or electricity:a power mower; power tools.
    2. power-assisted:His new car has power brakes and power windows.
    3. Electricityconducting electricity:a power cable.
    4. Informal Termsexpressing or exerting power;
      characteristic of those having authority or influence:to host a power lunch.
    • Vulgar Latin *potēre (replacing Latin posse to be able, have power). See potent1
    • Anglo-French poueir, poer, noun, nominal use of infinitive: to be able
    • Middle English pouer(e), poer(e) 1250–1300
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged capacity.
      • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged energy. See  strength. 
      • 4, 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sway, rule, sovereignty.
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged incapacity.
      • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged weakness.

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