(of a machine, vehicle, etc.) having a specified fuel or prime mover: a gasoline-powered engine; an engine-powered pump.

Origin of powered

First recorded in 1875–80; power + -ed2
Related formsnon·pow·ered, adjectiveself-pow·ered, adjectiveun·der·pow·ered, adjective
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Historical Examples of underpowered

  • He tended to fume when his underpowered car noticeably slowed up on grades, and especially the long ones.

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    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • Amongst those are two good "Shorts," but the others are no use, they say, being wrong type and underpowered.

British Dictionary definitions for underpowered



lacking or low in powertwo-litre cars are underpowered
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