superpower

[soo-per-pou-er]
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noun
  1. an extremely powerful nation, especially one capable of influencing international events and the acts and policies of less powerful nations.
  2. power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or has previously existed.
  3. power, especially mechanical or electric power, on an extremely large scale secured by the linking together of a number of separate power systems, with a view to more efficient and economical generation and distribution.

Origin of superpower

First recorded in 1920–25; super- + power
Related formssu·per·pow·ered, adjective
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Related Words for superpower

superpower, dominion, sovereignty, imperium, lordship

Examples from the Web for superpower

Contemporary Examples of superpower

Historical Examples of superpower

  • But the Federal Commission's superpower plan as published is only a beginning.

    The Coming of Coal

    Robert W. Bruere

  • It was communism all over: a superpower buying influence and colluding with corrupt elites to rob their own nations blind.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • It is a coalition of rich countries, led by a superpower, attacking and subduing a regional bully.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • Bob was himself practically unconscious, but struggled to keep himself and Bill afloat as if under some superpower.

    Bob Hunt in Canada

    George W. Orton

  • The plan of the Superpower Commission regards coal—bituminous coal especially—as nothing more than fuel.

    The Coming of Coal

    Robert W. Bruere


British Dictionary definitions for superpower

superpower

noun
  1. an extremely powerful state, such as the US
  2. extremely high power, esp electrical or mechanical
Derived Formssuperpowered, adjective
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Word Origin and History for superpower
n.

1944, in geopolitical sense of "nation with great interest and ability to exert force in worldwide theaters of conflict," from super- + power (n.). The word itself is attested in physical senses from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper