- a fur having a pattern of T-shaped forms, placed in alternate directions and having alternating tinctures, one metal and one color, so that all forms of one tincture face the same way and are between, above, and below forms of the other tincture facing the other way.
- a T-shaped form used in potent or counterpotent.
- (of a cross) having a crosspiece at the extremity of each arm: a cross potent.
Origin of potent2
Examples from the Web for potents
The heads of the crutches or potents touch each other in the centre of the shield.
- possessing great strength; powerful
- (of arguments, etc) persuasive or forceful
- influential or authoritative
- tending to produce violent physical or chemical effectsa potent poison
- (of a male) capable of having sexual intercourse
- heraldry (of a cross) having flat bars across the ends of the arms
Word Origin and History for potents
early 15c., from Latin potentem (nominative potens) "powerful," present participle of *potere "be powerful," from potis "powerful, able, capable; possible;" of persons, "better, preferable; chief, principal; strongest, foremost," from PIE root *poti- "powerful, lord" (cf. Sanskrit patih "master, husband," Greek posis, Lithuanian patis "husband"). Meaning "having sexual power" is first recorded 1899.
- Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects.
- Able to perform sexual intercourse. Used of a male.