or fire pow·er

[ fahyuhr-pou-er ]


  1. the capability of a military force, unit, or weapons system as measured by the amount of gunfire, number of missiles, etc., deliverable to a target.
  2. the capability or potential, as of an organization, for action or achieving results.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of firepower1

First recorded in 1910–15; fire + power

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Example Sentences

Mutts countered with plenty offensive firepower in the first half, making 5 of 7 shots, including Virginia Tech’s final four points, to tie the score at 31 going into the break before the Hokies fizzled defensively.

High-quality multimedia demands that your device processes data at high speeds, so more firepower means better audio while listening to music or watching movies.

Nash will compensate for Allen’s departure by turning more often to center DeAndre Jordan and small-ball lineups, and he will hope that Brooklyn has enough firepower to blow opponents off the court and cover up for defensive weaknesses.

The Buckeyes might have to play more nickel24 than usual simply as a way to match all the firepower that Alabama has.

If plenty are at the ready, then a mutation that reduces the overall general firepower will be less of an issue.

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Faced with this opponent, the United States has a variety of military options for using its aerial and standoff firepower.

After all, Iran, Assad, and Hezbollah have the motive and the firepower to fight ISIS.

While the army has the firepower, it lacks local knowledge and the will to fight.

The U.S. will need more offensive firepower to make a deep run in the tourney.

Insurgents in Ukraine send dozens of corpses back to Mother Russia in an attempt to win pity—and firepower—from the Kremlin.

In spite of their losses, they still had enough firepower to cover the area surrounding the station.

With superior and rapid firepower, the blinded, deafened enemy would be destroyed and defeated as we saw fit.

Seven of the battle cruisers fired as one, and were joined by all the firepower of their escort ships.

They've got plenty of firepower, too; close to half the entire security force, I understand, including all the officers.

It's still almost five hours before the Camelot pulls in, and until she does you're way ahead on firepower.


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