What is the meaning of power?


  • Possession of controlling influence.
    • usage: "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"
  • Physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second. ()
  • Possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done.
    • usage: "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
  • Of a government or government official. ( holding an office means being in power)
    • usage: "being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage"; "during his first year in office"; "during his first year in power"; "the power of the president"
  • One possessing or exercising power or influence or authority.
    • usage: "the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil"
  • A mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself.
  • Physical strength.
  • A state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world.
  • A very wealthy or powerful businessman.
    • usage: "an oil baron"


  • Supply the force or power for the functioning of.
    • usage: "The gasoline powers the engines"
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