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powerhouse

[ pou-er-hous ]
/ ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊs /
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noun, plural pow·er·hous·es [pou-er-hou-ziz for 1; pou-er-hou-siz for 2] /ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊ zɪz for 1; ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊ sɪz for 2/.

Electricity. a generating station.
a person, group, team, or the like, having great energy, strength, or potential for success.

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Origin of powerhouse

First recorded in 1880–85; power + house
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powerhouse

/ (ˈpaʊəˌhaʊs) /

noun

an electrical generating station or plant
informal a forceful or powerful person or thing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for powerhouse

powerhouse


n.

1873, "building where power is generated," from power (n.) + house (n.). Figurative sense is from 1913.

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