- work done or energy transferred per unit of time. Symbol: P
- the time rate of doing work.
- the product obtained by multiplying a quantity by itself one or more times: The third power of 2 is 8.
- (of a number x) a number whose logarithm is a times the logarithm of x (and is called the ath power of x). Symbolically, y =xa is a number that satisfies the equation log y = a log x.
- the exponent of an expression, as a in xa.
- cardinal number (def. 2).
- the magnifying capacity of a microscope, telescope, etc., expressed as the ratio of the diameter of the image to the diameter of the object.Compare magnification (def. 2).
- the reciprocal of the focal length of a lens.
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OTHER WORDS FROM powercoun·ter·pow·er, nounde-pow·er, verb (used with object)re·pow·er, verb
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Even though they will often get the job done, you’re still leaving a lot of power and performance on the table.Six ways to make your ATV even more rugged|By Tyler Freel/Outdoor Life|September 17, 2020|Popular-Science
In total, there are five drive units, each of which integrates the power electronics as well as the electric motors.This is GM’s new series of Ultium Drive electric motors|Jonathan M. Gitlin|September 17, 2020|Ars Technica
Much of that growth is being powered by online sales, and a lot of the advertising promoting those products has been concentrated in affiliate spending.‘An educational stance’: Publishers mull CBD’s alluring – and complex – commerce opportunities|Max Willens|September 17, 2020|Digiday
“I’m sorry, but one man should never have that type of power,” Young said.Courts may reconsider temporary coronavirus restrictions as pandemic drags on|Anne Gearan, Karin Brulliard|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
He said three times that Biden “never did it” or “didn’t do it,” as if the former vice president had some actual power to enact it right now.Trump’s increasingly overt effort to pretend Biden is actually president|Aaron Blake|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
From this attitude he draws a singular comic and literary power.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And the fact that satire unnerves the intolerant is evidence of its positive power.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Would the Democrats rescind those rights if they were to return to power?The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Employees strap a device to their heads and power a helicopter drone with their minds.Use Your Brain—Control a Drone|The Daily Beast Video|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What it endangers is a narrow conception of Russian power, understood through the eyes of its dictatorial leader.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup|James Kirchick|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Wharton smiled at this littleness in so great a man, but determined that he should feel the power he despised.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
He brings out all their power, brilliancy and careering wildness, and makes the greatest sensation of them.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
She knew that she alone of all human beings was gifted with the power to understand and fully sympathize with him.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
We live in an age that is at best about a century and a half old—the age of machinery and power.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for power
- legal authority to act, esp in a specified capacity, for another
- the document conferring such authority
- a military force
- military potential
- the value of a number or quantity raised to some exponent
- another name for exponent (def. 4)
- the rate at which electrical energy is fed into or taken from a device or system. It is expressed, in a direct-current circuit, as the product of current and voltage and, in an alternating-current circuit, as the product of the effective values of the current and voltage and the cosine of the phase angle between them. It is measured in watts
- (as modifier)a power amplifier
- mechanical energy as opposed to manual labour
- (as modifier)a power mower
- a measure of the ability of a lens or optical system to magnify an object, equal to the reciprocal of the focal length. It is measured in dioptres
- another word for magnification
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Cultural definitions for power
In physics, the amount of energy put out or produced in a given amount of time. Power is often measured in watts or kilowatts.
In mathematics, a power is a number multiplied by itself the number of times signified by an exponent placed to the right and above it. Thus, 32, which means 3 × 3, is a power — the second power of three, or three squared, or nine. The expression 106, or ten to the sixth power, means 10 × 10 × 10 × 10 × 10 × 10, or one million.
Other Idioms and Phrases with power
In addition to the idioms beginning with power
- power behind the throne
- powers that be, the
- corridors of power
- more power to someone
- staying power