- an extremely powerful nation, especially one capable of influencing international events and the acts and policies of less powerful nations.
- power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or has previously existed.
- power, especially mechanical or electric power, on an extremely large scale secured by the linking together of a number of separate power systems, with a view to more efficient and economical generation and distribution.
Origin of superpower
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Examples from the Web for superpower
Now that we were the only superpower in the world, it said, our main job was to make damn sure things stayed that way.Dick Cheney’s Awfulness Is Here to Stay
July 15, 2014
The mismatch in superpower military strength in the region is eye opening.Reality Check in Ukraine
April 27, 2014
They represent the highest measure of U.S. sacrifice and superpower credibility.War Is the New Peace: American Vets Reflect on Syria
John Kael Weston
September 10, 2013
No superpower in the history of the world has remained a superpower if it has failed to feed its own people.Washington’s Hunger Games: Sequester’s Cuts to Food Assistance Programs
March 1, 2013
How did warring, factionalized city-states on the edge of the known world repulse the first superpower?Persian Fire and Rubicon (Full)
September 23, 2012
But the Federal Commission's superpower plan as published is only a beginning.
It was communism all over: a superpower buying influence and colluding with corrupt elites to rob their own nations blind.
It is a coalition of rich countries, led by a superpower, attacking and subduing a regional bully.
Bob was himself practically unconscious, but struggled to keep himself and Bill afloat as if under some superpower.Bob Hunt in Canada</p>
George W. Orton
The plan of the Superpower Commission regards coal—bituminous coal especially—as nothing more than fuel.
- an extremely powerful state, such as the US
- extremely high power, esp electrical or mechanical
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Word Origin and History for superpower
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