/ˈpaʊə / (say 'powuh)

1. ability to do or act; capability of doing or effecting something.
2. (usually plural) a particular faculty of body or mind.
3. political or national strength: the balance of power in Europe.
4. great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force.
5. the possession of control or command over others; dominion; authority; ascendancy or influence.
6. political ascendancy or control in the government of a country, etc.: the party in power.
7. legal ability, capacity, or authority.
8. delegated authority; authority vested in a person or persons in a particular capacity.
9. a written statement, or document, conferring legal authority.
10. someone or something that possesses or exercises authority or influence.
11. a state or nation having international authority or influence: the great powers of the world.
12. a military or naval force.
13. (often plural) a deity or divinity.
14. Theology a member of the sixth order of angels. See angel (def. 1).
15. Colloquial a large number or amount.
16. Physics, Electricity the time rate of transferring or transforming energy; work done, or energy transferred, per unit of time.
17. mechanical energy, as distinguished from hand labour.
18. a particular form of mechanical energy.
19. Mathematics the product obtained by multiplying a quantity by itself one or more times: 4 is the second, 8 the third power of 2.
20. Optics the magnifying capacity of a microscope, telescope, etc., expressed as ratio of diameter of image to object.
verb (t)
21. to supply with electricity or other means of power.
22. (of an engine, etc.) to provide the force or motive power to operate (a machine): *his father gave him an ingenious toy boat. Cheap and simple, it was powered by steam. –rodney hall, 1987.
verb (i)
23. to move with a surge of power: to power past an opponent.
24. providing electricity: power cord; power cable.
25. associated with a managerial or executive style: power dressing; power lunch.
26. power down, Colloquial to switch off a computer or peripheral device.
27. power one's way, Colloquial to draw on reserves of strength and energy to gain a victory.
28. the power behind the throne, the person who is really in control, although appearing to defer to someone else.
29. the powers that be, those in authority. {Phrase Origin: from the New Testament (Romans 13:1): `Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.'}
30. power up, Colloquial to switch on a computer or peripheral device.
{Middle English poër from Anglo-French, properly infinitive, be able, from Vulgar Latin potēre, for Latin posse}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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