Someone with power has physical strength or they're in control of things. So a weakling who's in charge of a business still has a lot of power.

Power comes from the Latin word potere, which means "to be able." But things with power are much more than able — they're able to exert a lot of force. "The powers that be" are those who hold authority, and "the power behind the throne" refers to the people who exert influence without being formally in charge. When used as a verb, power means "to supply with mechanical or electrical energy," as in a nuclear-powered submarine.

Primary Meanings of power

possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
supply the force or power for the functioning of
possession of controlling influence
a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
Full Definitions of power

n possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

“danger heightened his powers of discrimination”
lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
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the personification of death
a voracious giant in Francois Rabelais' book of the same name
Maxwell's demon
an imaginary creature that controls a small hole in a partition that divides a chamber filled with gas into two parts and allows fast molecules to move in one direction and slow molecules to move in the other direction through the hole; this would result in one part of the container becoming warmer and the other cooler, thus decreasing entropy and violating the second law of thermodynamics
imaginary people who live on the planet Mars
Humpty Dumpty
an egg-shaped character in a nursery rhyme who fell off a wall and could not be put back together again (late 17th century)
Jack Frost
a personification of frost or winter weather
(New Testament) a personification of wealth and avarice as an evil spirit
Father Christmas
the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas
Tom Thumb
an imaginary hero of English folklore who was no taller than his father's thumb
(Greek mythology) the mythical Greek king who for 30 years did not clean his stables which contained his vast herd of cattle
(Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
(Hindu mythology) the warrior prince in the Bhagavad-Gita to whom Krishna explains the nature of being and of God and how humans can come to know God
(Greek mythology) a sea nymph transformed into a sea monster who lived on one side of a narrow strait; drowned and devoured sailors who tried to escape Charybdis (a whirlpool) on the other side of the strait
the mythical Greek warrior with an unusually loud voice who died after losing a shouting contest with Hermes
(Greek mythology) founder of Troy
(Greek mythology) a Trojan boy who was so beautiful that Zeus carried him away to serve as cupbearer to the gods
(Greek mythology) one of a people that the ancient Greeks believed lived in a warm and sunny land north of the source of the north wind
(Greek mythology) the daughter of Tantalus whose boasting about her children provoked Apollo and Artemis to slay them all; Niobe was turned to stone while bewailing her loss
(Greek mythology) the son of Zeus who slew Medusa (with the help of Athena and Hermes) and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster
(Greek mythology) an Ethiopian princess and daughter of Cassiopeia; she was fastened to a rock and exposed to a sea monster that was sent by Poseidon, but she was rescued by Perseus and became his wife
(Greek mythology) king of Ethiopia and husband of Cassiopeia
(Greek mythology) the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda
(Greek legend) the greedy king of Phrygia who Dionysus gave the power to turn everything he touched into gold
(Greek legend) a king in ancient Greece who offended Zeus and whose punishment was to roll a huge boulder to the top of a steep hill; each time the boulder neared the top it rolled back down and Sisyphus was forced to start again
(Greek mythology) a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own reflection
(German mythology) a companion or follower of Siegfried
(Greek mythology) a mythical hero of Corinth who performed miracles on the winged horse Pegasus (especially killing the monster Chimera)
(Greek mythology) the prince of Troy who abducted Helen from her husband Menelaus and provoked the Trojan War
(Greek mythology) a friend of Achilles who was killed in the Trojan War; his death led Achilles to return to the fight after his quarrel with Agamemnon
(Greek mythology) the immortal winged horse that sprang from the blood of the slain Medusa; was tamed by Bellerophon with the help of a bridle given him by Athena; as the flying horse of the Muses it is a symbol of highflying imagination
(Greek mythology) a son of Zeus who became king of Lycia; fought on behalf of the Trojans in the Trojan War and was killed by Patroclus
(German mythology) mythical German warrior hero of the Nibelungenlied who takes possession of the accursed treasure of the Nibelungs by slaying the dragon that guards it and awakens Brynhild and is eventually killed; Sigurd is the Norse counterpart
(Norse mythology) mythical Norse warrior hero who gains an accursed hoard of gold and was killed by Brynhild; Siegfried is the German counterpart
legendary friend of Gilgamish
legendary Sumerian king and hero of Sumerian and Babylonian epics
wife of the Hindu god Rama; regarded as an ideal of womanhood
(Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
(Greek mythology) a youth beloved of Hero who drowned in a storm in the Hellespont on one of his nightly visits to see her
(Greek mythology) a king who created a statue of a woman and fell in love with it; Aphrodite brought the sculpture to life as Galatea
(Greek mythology) a maiden who was first a sculpture created by Pygmalion and was brought to life by Aphrodite in answer to Pygmalion's prayers
(Roman mythology) founder of Rome; suckled with his twin brother Remus by a wolf after their parents (Mars and Rhea Silvia) abandoned them; Romulus killed Remus in an argument over the building of Rome
(Roman mythology) the twin brother of Romulus
(Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of Minos; to escape the labyrinth he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus
(Greek mythology) son of Daedalus; while escaping from Crete with his father (using the wings Daedalus had made) he flew too close to the sun and the wax melted and he fell into the Aegean and drowned
(Greek mythology) a mythical giant who was a thief and murderer; he would capture people and tie them to an iron bed, stretching them or hacking off their legs to make them fit; was killed by Theseus
(Greek mythology) the wife of Orpheus
(Greek mythology) a giant Boeotian hunter who pursued the Pleiades and was eventually slain by Artemis; was then placed in the sky as a constellation
(Greek mythology) a great musician; when his wife Eurydice died he went to Hades to get her back but failed
(Greek mythology) a beautiful princess loved by Cupid who visited her at night and told her she must not try to see him; became the personification of the soul
(classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality
(Greek mythology) the first woman; created by Hephaestus on orders from Zeus who presented her to Epimetheus along with a box filled with evils
(Norse mythology) an enormous wolf that was fathered by Loki and that killed Odin
(Norse mythology) a wonderful smith; identified with Anglo-Saxon Wayland and Teutonic Wieland
(Norse mythology) a huge ash tree whose roots and branches hold the earth and Heaven and Hell together
(Norse mythology) the primeval giant slain by Odin and his brothers and from whose body they created the world: the sea from his blood; the earth from his flesh; the mountains from his bones; the sky from his skull
Wayland the Smith
(European mythology) a supernatural smith and king of the elves; identified with Norse Volund
a mythical Greek hero; a warrior who fought against Troy in the Iliad
in the Arabian Nights a boy who acquires a magic lamp from which he can summon a genie
(Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
an imaginary elephant that appears in a series of French books for children
the woman who guided Dante through Paradise in the Divine Comedy
the legendary hero of an anonymous Old English epic poem composed in the early 8th century; he slays a monster and becomes king but dies fighting a dragon
(fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience
James Bond
British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming
(Norse mythology) one of the maidens of Odin who chose heroes to be slain in battle and conducted them to Valhalla
Brer Rabbit
the fictional character of a rabbit who appeared in tales supposedly told by Uncle Remus and first published in 1880
Paul Bunyan
a legendary giant lumberjack of the north woods of the United States and Canada
John Henry
hero of American folk tales; portrayed as an enormously strong black man who worked on the railroads and died from exhaustion after winning a contest with a steam drill
Cheshire cat
a fictional cat with a broad fixed smile on its face; created by Lewis Carroll
Chicken Little
a fictional character who was hit on the head with an acorn and believed that the sky was falling
a fictional young girl who is saved from her stepmother and stepsisters by her fairy godmother and a handsome prince
Colonel Blimp
a pompous reactionary cartoon character created by Sir David Low
fictional vampire in a gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker
(Greek mythology) the husband of Medea and leader of the Argonauts who sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece
(Greek mythology) a princess of Colchis who aided Jason in taking the Golden Fleece from her father
(Greek mythology) the father of Odysseus
(Greek mythology) a famous mythical Greek hero; his return to Ithaca after the siege of Troy was described in the Odyssey
(Roman mythology) Roman spelling for Odysseus
(Greek mythology) the wife of Odysseus and a symbol of devotion and fidelity; for 10 years while Odysseus fought the Trojan War she resisted numerous suitors until Odysseus returned and killed them
(Greek mythology) a hero and king of Athens who was noted for his many great deeds: killed Procrustes and the Minotaur and defeated the Amazons and united Attica
(Greek mythology) a wicked king and son of Zeus; condemned in Hades to stand in water that receded when he tried to drink and beneath fruit that receded when he reached for it
a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'
a mythical Greek warrior who was a leader on the Trojan side of the Trojan War; hero of the Aeneid
(Greek mythology) the king of Mycenae and father of Agamemnon and of Menelaus
(Greek mythology) the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
(Greek mythology) the king of Sparta at the time of the Trojan War; brother of Agamemnon; husband of Helen
(Greek mythology) the daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon; Agamemnon was obliged to offer her as a sacrifice to Artemis when the Greek fleet was becalmed on its way to Troy; Artemis rescued her and she later became a priestess
(Greek mythology) wife of Agamemnon who had him murdered when he returned from the Trojan War
(Greek mythology) the seducer of Clytemnestra and murderer of Agamemnon who usurped the throne of Mycenae until Agamemnon's son Orestes returned home and killed him
(Greek mythology) the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; his sister Electra persuaded him to avenge Agamemnon's death by killing Clytemnestra and Aegisthus
(Greek mythology) the daughter of King Oedipus who disobeyed her father and was condemned to death
(Greek mythology) the brother of Jocasta and uncle of Antigone who became king of Thebes after the fall of Oedipus
(Greek mythology) queen of Thebes who unknowingly married her own son Oedipus
(Greek mythology) the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; persuaded her brother (Orestes) to avenge Agamemnon's death by helping her to kill Clytemnestra and her lover (Aegisthus)
(Greek mythology) the priest of Apollo who warned the Trojans to beware of Greeks bearing gifts when they wanted to accept the Trojan Horse; a god who favored the Greeks (Poseidon or Athena) sent snakes who coiled around Laocoon and his two twin sons killing them
(Greek mythology) king of Thebes who was unwittingly killed by his son Oedipus
(Greek mythology) a member of the warriors who followed Achilles on the expedition against Troy
King Oedipus
(Greek mythology) a tragic king of Thebes who unknowingly killed his father Laius and married his mother Jocasta; the subject of the drama `Oedipus Rex' by Sophocles
(Greek mythology) the blind prophet of Thebes who revealed to Oedipus that Oedipus had murdered his father and married his mother
a king of the Myrmidons and father of Achilles
Don Quixote
the hero of a romance by Cervantes; chivalrous but impractical
El Cid
the hero of a Spanish epic poem from the 12th century
a villainous Jew in a novel by Charles Dickens
Sir John Falstaff
a dissolute character in Shakespeare's plays
Father Brown
a Catholic priest who was the hero of detective stories by G. K. Chesterton
an alchemist of German legend who sold his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for knowledge
the fictional Swiss scientist who was the protagonist in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; he created a monster from parts of corpses
Frankenstein's monster
the monster created by Frankenstein in a gothic novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (the creator's name is commonly used to refer to his creation)
a cartoon character created by Walt Disney
a fictional Englishman who travels to the imaginary land of Lilliput in a satirical novel by Jonathan Swift
the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who hoped to avenge the murder of his father
(Greek mythology) a mythical Trojan who was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War
Helen of Troy
(Greek mythology) the beautiful daughter of Zeus and Leda who was abducted by Paris; the Greek army sailed to Troy to get her back which resulted in the Trojan War
Captain Horatio Hornblower
a fictional English admiral during the Napoleonic Wars in novels written by C. S. Forester
the villain in William Shakespeare's tragedy who tricked Othello into murdering his wife
Commissaire Maigret
a fictional detective in novels by Georges Simenon
a nonexistent person popularized by American servicemen during World War II
King Lear
the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who was betrayed and mistreated by two of his scheming daughters
(Greek mythology) a queen of Sparta who was raped by Zeus who had taken the form of a swan; Helen of Troy was conceived in the rape of Leda
a 6-inch tall inhabitant of Lilliput in a novel by Jonathan Swift
Philip Marlowe
tough cynical detective (one of the early detective heroes in American fiction) created by Raymond Chandler
Wilkins Micawber
fictional character created by Charles Dickens; an eternal optimist
Mother Goose
the imaginary author of a collection of nursery rhymes
Mr. Moto
Japanese sleuth created by John Marquand
the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who would not trust his wife
an incurable optimist in a satire by Voltaire
a character in the commedia dell'arte; portrayed as a foolish old man
Perry Mason
fictional detective in novels by Erle Stanley Gardner
Peter Pan
the main character in a play and novel by J. M. Barrie; a boy who won't grow up
Pied Piper of Hamelin
the title character in a German folk tale and in a poem by Robert Browning
a male character in French pantomime; usually dressed in white with a whitened face
a cartoon character created by Walt Disney
Huckleberry Finn
a mischievous boy in a novel by Mark Twain
Rip van Winkle
the title character in a story by Washington Irving about a man who sleeps for 20 years and doesn't recognize the world when he wakens
an imaginary inhabitant of Ruritania
Tarzan of the Apes
a man raised by apes who was the hero of a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tom Sawyer
the boy hero of a novel by Mark Twain
Uncle Remus
the fictional storyteller of tales written in the Black Vernacular and set in the South; the tales were first collected and published in book form in 1880
Uncle Tom
a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Uncle Sam
a personification of the United States government
Sherlock Holmes
a fictitious detective in stories by A. Conan Doyle
Simon Legree
the cruel slave dealer in an anti-slavery novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Sinbad the Sailor
in the Arabian Nights a hero who tells of the fantastic adventures he had in his voyages
a fictional beagle in a comic strip drawn by Charles Schulz
Ali Baba
the fictional woodcutter who discovered that `open sesame' opened a cave in the Arabian Nights' Entertainment
the boy whose upbringing was described by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
the principal character in a work of fiction
one of a race of intelligent horses who ruled the Yahoos in a novel by Jonathan Swift
Little John
legendary follower of Robin Hood; noted for his size and strength
Little Red Riding Hood
a girl in a fairy tale who meets a wolf while going to visit her grandmother
Rodya Raskolnikov
a fictional character in Dostoevsky's novel `Crime and Punishment'; he kills old women because he believes he is beyond the bounds of good or evil
Robin Hood
legendary English outlaw of the 12th century; said to have robbed the rich to help the poor
Robinson Crusoe
the hero of Daniel Defoe's novel about a shipwrecked English sailor who survives on a small tropical island
a dwarf in one of the fairy stories of the brothers Grimm; tells a woman he will not hold her to a promise if she can guess his name and when she discovers it he is so furious that he destroys himself
a merciless usurer in a play by Shakespeare
(Middle Ages) the nephew of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with his uncle's bride (Iseult) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other
(Middle Ages) the bride of the king of Cornwall who (according to legend) fell in love with the king's nephew (Tristan) after they mistakenly drank a love potion that left them eternally in love with each other
a stock character in commedia dell'arte depicted as a boastful coward
the musician in a novel by George du Maurier who controls Trilby's singing hypnotically
Sweeney Todd
fictional character in a play by George Pitt; a barber who murdered his customers
singer in a novel by George du Maurier who was under the control of the hypnotist Svengali
Walter Mitty
fictional character created by James Thurber who daydreams about his adventures and triumphs
one of a race of brutes resembling men but subject to the Houyhnhnms in a novel by Jonathan Swift
King Arthur
a legendary king of the Britons (possibly based on a historical figure in the 6th century but the story has been retold too many times to be sure); said to have led the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot
Sir Galahad
(Arthurian legend) the most virtuous knight of the Round Table; was able to see the Holy Grail
Sir Gawain
(Arthurian legend) a nephew of Arthur and one of the knights of the Round Table
(Arthurian legend) wife of King Arthur; in some versions of the legend she became Lancelot's lover and that led to the end of the Knights of the Round Table
Sir Lancelot
(Arthurian legend) one of the knights of the Round Table; friend of King Arthur until (according to some versions of the legend) he became the lover of Arthur's wife Guinevere
(Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor
(Greek mythology) the last king of Troy; father of Hector and Paris and Cassandra
Apollo program
a program of space flights undertaken by US to land a man on the Moon
Gemini program
a program of space flights undertaken by US in 1965 and 1966
Mercury program
a program of rocket-powered flights undertaken by US between 1961 and 1963 with the goal of putting a man in orbit around the earth
(Greek mythology) dragon killed by Apollo at Delphi
(classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
large hairy humanoid creature said to live in wilderness areas of the United States and Canada
Loch Ness monster
a large aquatic animal supposed to resemble a serpent or plesiosaur of Loch Ness in Scotland
(Norse mythology) the Norse dragon that guarded a treasure and was slain by Sigurd
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the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something
the ability to lead
the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
inherent ability
the ability to speak two languages colloquially
capacity, mental ability
the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
creative thinking, creativeness, creativity
the ability to create
the ability to think and act independently
science, skill
ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment, skill
an ability that has been acquired by training
superior skill
more than ordinary ability
faculty, mental faculty, module
one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
bag of tricks
a supply of ways of accomplishing something
sapience, wisdom
ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
the leadership ability of a military general
brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, wit
mental ability
breadth, comprehensiveness, largeness
the capacity to understand a broad range of topics
intellect, mind
knowledge and intellectual ability
nonverbal intelligence
intelligence that is manifested in the performance of tasks requiring little or no use of language
verbal intelligence
intelligence in the use and comprehension of language
mental quickness, quick-wittedness, quickness
intelligence as revealed by an ability to give correct responses without delay
mental dexterity, nimbleness
intelligence as revealed by quickness and alertness of mind
brilliance, genius
unusual mental ability
precociousness, precocity
intelligence achieved far ahead of normal developmental schedules
acuity, acuteness, keenness, sharpness
a quick and penetrating intelligence
brightness, cleverness, smartness
intelligence as manifested in being quick and witty
astuteness, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, shrewdness
intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)
marbles, wits
the basic human power of intelligent thought and perception
inherent aptitude, instinct
inborn pattern of behavior often responsive to specific stimuli
capability, capableness, potentiality
an aptitude that may be developed
natural ability
ability that is inherited
fecundity, fruitfulness
the intellectual productivity of a creative imagination
passing above and beyond ordinary bounds
genius, wizardry
exceptional creative ability
imagination, imaginativeness, vision
the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses
conception, design, excogitation, innovation, invention
the creation of something in the mind
cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inventiveness
the power of creative imagination
originality by virtue of introducing new ideas
originality by virtue of being unconventional
freshness, novelty
originality by virtue of being new and surprising
a natural skill
technical skill or fluency or style exhibited by a virtuoso
craft, craftsmanship, workmanship
skill in an occupation or trade
skill in handling and riding horses
the ability to read and write
skill in shooting
the skill of a master
skill in preparing mixed drinks
art, artistry, prowess
a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
skill with numbers and mathematics
skill as an oarsman
skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy
skill in sailing
the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner
soldiering, soldiership
skills that are required for the life of soldier
skill in fencing
the faculty or power of mental concentration
language, speech
the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
memory, retention, retentiveness, retentivity
the power of retaining and recalling past experience
intellect, reason, understanding
the capacity for rational thought or inference or discrimination
sensation, sense, sensory faculty, sentience, sentiency
the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
volition, will
the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention
a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)
prescience, prevision
the power to foresee the future
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cognition, knowledge, noesis
the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

n (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)

electric power, electrical power, wattage
the product of voltage and current
the power to do work that is latent in a head of water
the power output of a generator or power plant
Type of:
physical phenomenon
a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy

n physical strength

might, mightiness
Type of:
the property of being physically or mentally strong

v supply the force or power for the functioning of

“The gasoline powers the engines”
cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling
Type of:
cater, ply, provide, supply
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance

n possession of controlling influence

“the deterrent power of nuclear weapons”
“the power of his love saved her”
impotence, impotency, powerlessness
the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
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effectiveness, potency, strength
capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects
valence, valency
(chemistry) a property of atoms or radicals; their combining power given in terms of the number of hydrogen atoms (or the equivalent)
valence, valency
(biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate
superiority in power or influence
power to influence or coerce
persuasiveness, strength
the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty
irresistibility, irresistibleness
the quality of being overpowering and impossible to resist
interest, interestingness
the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
chokehold, stranglehold, throttlehold
complete power over a person or situation
controlling influence
a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
repellant, repellent
the power to repel
power to direct or determine
jurisdiction, legal power
(law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
the power to use something or someone
discretion, free will
the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature)
effectiveness, effectivity, effectuality, effectualness
power to be effective; the quality of being able to bring about an effect
charisma, personal appeal, personal magnetism
a personal attractiveness or interestingness that enables you to influence others
covalence, covalency
valence characterized by the sharing of electrons in a chemical compound; the number of pairs of electrons an atom can share
the power of argument or evidence to cause belief
news, newsworthiness
the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
the attribute of being of interest at the present time
color, colour, vividness
interest and variety and intensity
the quality of being sharp or harsh to the senses
dead hand, dead hand of the past, mortmain
the oppressive influence of past events or decisions
a powerful effect or influence
grasp, grip
an intellectual hold or understanding
authorisation, authority, authorization, dominance, potency, say-so
the power or right to give orders or make decisions
control of a state or organization by large interest groups
power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
iron fist
rigorous or ruthless control
any means of control
determination of one's own fate or course of action without compulsion
incisiveness, trenchancy
keenness and forcefulness of thought or expression or intellect
efficaciousness, efficacy
capacity or power to produce a desired effect
Type of:
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

n one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

“the mysterious presence of an evil power
juggernaut, steamroller
a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
one having power to influence another
a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice
Type of:
causal agency, causal agent, cause
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

n a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world

great power, major power, superpower, world power
a leading or paramount power
Type of:
body politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica, state
a politically organized body of people under a single government

n a very wealthy or powerful businessman

baron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, top executive, tycoon
oil tycoon
a powerful person in the oil business
Type of:
businessman, man of affairs
a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)

n (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power

“during his first year in power
“the power of the president”
executive clemency
the power (usually of a president or governor) to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted in that jurisdiction
war power
an extraordinary power exercised (usually by the executive branch) in the prosecution of a war and involving an extension of the powers that the government normally has in peacetime
Type of:
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

n a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself

exponent, index
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the highest power of a term or variable
log, logarithm
the exponent required to produce a given number
degree of a term
the sum of the exponents of the variables in the term
degree of a polynomial
the degree of the term in the polynomial that has the highest degree
first degree
a degree of one
common logarithm
a logarithm to the base 10
Napierian logarithm, natural logarithm
a logarithm to the base e
Type of:
mathematical notation
a notation used by mathematicians

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