extremely energetic, dynamic, and capable: high-powered executives.
of a forceful and driving character: high-powered selling techniques.
capable of a high degree of magnification: a high-powered microscope.
very powerful.

Origin of high-powered

First recorded in 1900–05
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Contemporary Examples of high-powered

Historical Examples of high-powered

  • It was admittedly too high-powered for England; you were across the county in about a minute.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • "Yes, it's a high-powered ultra-wave spy," Rodenbush returned.


    Edward Elmer Smith

  • The last of her visits was made in a high-powered touring-car.

    On the Stairs

    Henry B. Fuller

  • And Anna, she flashes them high-powered eyes of hers at me kittenish.

  • The muffled purr of a high-powered motor disturbed the silence.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

British Dictionary definitions for high-powered



(of an optical instrument or lens) having a high magnificationa high-powered telescope
dynamic and energetic; highly capable
possessing great strength, power, etca high-powered engine
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Word Origin and History for high-powered

1903, originally of automobiles, from high (adj.) + power (v.).

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