[ poht-nt ]
/ ˈpoʊt nt /


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 potent

1325–75; Middle English potente crutch, variant of potence < French crutch, support < Medieval Latin potentia, Latin: power, potency
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British Dictionary definitions for potents (1 of 2)

/ (ˈpəʊtənt) /


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

Derived forms of potent

potently, adverbpotentness, noun

Word Origin for potent

C15: from Latin potēns able, from posse to be able

British Dictionary definitions for potents (2 of 2)

/ (ˈpəʊtənt) /


heraldry (of a cross) having flat bars across the ends of the arms

Word Origin for potent

C17: from obsolete potent a crutch, from Latin potentia power
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Medical definitions for potents

[ pōtnt ]


Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects.
Able to perform sexual intercourse. Used of a male.
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