power

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.

Definitions of power
  1. noun
    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
    “danger heightened his powers of discrimination”
    synonyms: ability
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    inability
    lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
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    Death
    the personification of death
    Gargantua
    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
    Martian
    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
    Mammon
    (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
    Augeas
    (Greek mythology) the mythical Greek king who for 30 years did not clean his stables which contained his vast herd of cattle
    Alcyone
    (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
    Arjuna
    (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
    Scylla
    (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
    Stentor
    the mythical Greek warrior with an unusually loud voice who died after losing a shouting contest with Hermes
    Dardanus
    (Greek mythology) founder of Troy
    Ganymede
    (Greek mythology) a Trojan boy who was so beautiful that Zeus carried him away to serve as cupbearer to the gods
    Hyperborean
    (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
    Niobe
    (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
    Perseus
    (Greek mythology) the son of Zeus who slew Medusa (with the help of Athena and Hermes) and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster
    Andromeda
    (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
    Cepheus
    (Greek mythology) king of Ethiopia and husband of Cassiopeia
    Cassiopeia
    (Greek mythology) the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda
    Midas
    (Greek legend) the greedy king of Phrygia who Dionysus gave the power to turn everything he touched into gold
    Sisyphus
    (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
    Narcissus
    (Greek mythology) a beautiful young man who fell in love with his own reflection
    Nibelung
    (German mythology) a companion or follower of Siegfried
    Bellerophon
    (Greek mythology) a mythical hero of Corinth who performed miracles on the winged horse Pegasus (especially killing the monster Chimera)
    Paris
    (Greek mythology) the prince of Troy who abducted Helen from her husband Menelaus and provoked the Trojan War
    Patroclus
    (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
    Pegasus
    (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
    Sarpedon
    (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
    Siegfried
    (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
    Sigurd
    (Norse mythology) mythical Norse warrior hero who gains an accursed hoard of gold and was killed by Brynhild; Siegfried is the German counterpart
    Enkidu
    legendary friend of Gilgamish
    Gilgamish
    legendary Sumerian king and hero of Sumerian and Babylonian epics
    Sita
    wife of the Hindu god Rama; regarded as an ideal of womanhood
    Hero
    (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
    Leander
    (Greek mythology) a youth beloved of Hero who drowned in a storm in the Hellespont on one of his nightly visits to see her
    Pygmalion
    (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
    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
    Romulus
    (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
    Remus
    (Roman mythology) the twin brother of Romulus
    Daedalus
    (Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of Minos; to escape the labyrinth he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus
    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
    Procrustes
    (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
    Eurydice
    (Greek mythology) the wife of Orpheus
    Orion
    (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
    Orpheus
    (Greek mythology) a great musician; when his wife Eurydice died he went to Hades to get her back but failed
    Psyche
    (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
    Heracles
    (classical mythology) a hero noted for his strength; performed 12 immense labors to gain immortality
    Pandora
    (Greek mythology) the first woman; created by Hephaestus on orders from Zeus who presented her to Epimetheus along with a box filled with evils
    Fenrir
    (Norse mythology) an enormous wolf that was fathered by Loki and that killed Odin
    Volund
    (Norse mythology) a wonderful smith; identified with Anglo-Saxon Wayland and Teutonic Wieland
    Yggdrasil
    (Norse mythology) a huge ash tree whose roots and branches hold the earth and Heaven and Hell together
    Ymir
    (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
    Ajax
    a mythical Greek hero; a warrior who fought against Troy in the Iliad
    Aladdin
    in the Arabian Nights a boy who acquires a magic lamp from which he can summon a genie
    Argonaut
    (Greek mythology) one of the heroes who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece
    Babar
    an imaginary elephant that appears in a series of French books for children
    Beatrice
    the woman who guided Dante through Paradise in the Divine Comedy
    Beowulf
    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
    Bluebeard
    (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
    Valkyrie
    (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
    Cinderella
    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
    Dracula
    fictional vampire in a gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker
    Jason
    (Greek mythology) the husband of Medea and leader of the Argonauts who sailed in quest of the Golden Fleece
    Medea
    (Greek mythology) a princess of Colchis who aided Jason in taking the Golden Fleece from her father
    Laertes
    (Greek mythology) the father of Odysseus
    Odysseus
    (Greek mythology) a famous mythical Greek hero; his return to Ithaca after the siege of Troy was described in the Odyssey
    Ulysses
    (Roman mythology) Roman spelling for Odysseus
    Penelope
    (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
    Theseus
    (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
    Tantalus
    (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
    Achilles
    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'
    Aeneas
    a mythical Greek warrior who was a leader on the Trojan side of the Trojan War; hero of the Aeneid
    Atreus
    (Greek mythology) the king of Mycenae and father of Agamemnon and of Menelaus
    Agamemnon
    (Greek mythology) the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
    Menelaus
    (Greek mythology) the king of Sparta at the time of the Trojan War; brother of Agamemnon; husband of Helen
    Iphigenia
    (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
    Clytemnestra
    (Greek mythology) wife of Agamemnon who had him murdered when he returned from the Trojan War
    Aegisthus
    (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
    Orestes
    (Greek mythology) the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; his sister Electra persuaded him to avenge Agamemnon's death by killing Clytemnestra and Aegisthus
    Antigone
    (Greek mythology) the daughter of King Oedipus who disobeyed her father and was condemned to death
    Creon
    (Greek mythology) the brother of Jocasta and uncle of Antigone who became king of Thebes after the fall of Oedipus
    Jocasta
    (Greek mythology) queen of Thebes who unknowingly married her own son Oedipus
    Electra
    (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)
    Laocoon
    (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
    Laius
    (Greek mythology) king of Thebes who was unwittingly killed by his son Oedipus
    Myrmidon
    (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
    Tiresias
    (Greek mythology) the blind prophet of Thebes who revealed to Oedipus that Oedipus had murdered his father and married his mother
    Peleus
    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
    Fagin
    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
    Faustus
    an alchemist of German legend who sold his soul to Mephistopheles in exchange for knowledge
    Frankenstein
    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)
    Goofy
    a cartoon character created by Walt Disney
    Gulliver
    a fictional Englishman who travels to the imaginary land of Lilliput in a satirical novel by Jonathan Swift
    Hamlet
    the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who hoped to avenge the murder of his father
    Hector
    (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
    Iago
    the villain in William Shakespeare's tragedy who tricked Othello into murdering his wife
    Commissaire Maigret
    a fictional detective in novels by Georges Simenon
    Kilroy
    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
    Leda
    (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
    Lilliputian
    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
    Othello
    the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who would not trust his wife
    Pangloss
    an incurable optimist in a satire by Voltaire
    Pantaloon
    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
    Pierrot
    a male character in French pantomime; usually dressed in white with a whitened face
    Pluto
    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
    Ruritanian
    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
    Snoopy
    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
    Emile
    the boy whose upbringing was described by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    protagonist
    the principal character in a work of fiction
    Houyhnhnm
    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
    Rumpelstiltskin
    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
    Shylock
    a merciless usurer in a play by Shakespeare
    Tristram
    (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
    Iseult
    (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
    Scaramouche
    a stock character in commedia dell'arte depicted as a boastful coward
    Svengali
    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
    Trilby
    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
    Yahoo
    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
    Guenevere
    (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
    Merlin
    (Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor
    Priam
    (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
    Python
    (Greek mythology) dragon killed by Apollo at Delphi
    Eumenides
    (classical mythology) the hideous snake-haired monsters (usually three in number) who pursued unpunished criminals
    Sasquatch
    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
    Fafnir
    (Norse mythology) the Norse dragon that guarded a treasure and was slain by Sigurd
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    know-how
    the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something
    leadership
    the ability to lead
    intelligence
    the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
    aptitude
    inherent ability
    bilingualism
    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
    originality
    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
    hand
    ability
    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
    generalship
    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
    flight
    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
    innovativeness
    originality by virtue of introducing new ideas
    unconventionality
    originality by virtue of being unconventional
    freshness, novelty
    originality by virtue of being new and surprising
    nose
    a natural skill
    virtuosity
    technical skill or fluency or style exhibited by a virtuoso
    craft, craftsmanship, workmanship
    skill in an occupation or trade
    horsemanship
    skill in handling and riding horses
    literacy
    the ability to read and write
    marksmanship
    skill in shooting
    mastership
    the skill of a master
    mixology
    skill in preparing mixed drinks
    art, artistry, prowess
    a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
    numeracy
    skill with numbers and mathematics
    oarsmanship
    skill as an oarsman
    salesmanship
    skill in selling; skill in persuading people to buy
    seamanship
    skill in sailing
    showmanship
    the ability to present something (especially theatrical shows) in an attractive manner
    soldiering, soldiership
    skills that are required for the life of soldier
    swordsmanship
    skill in fencing
    attention
    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
    method
    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
  2. noun
    (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)
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    electric power, electrical power, wattage
    the product of voltage and current
    waterpower
    the power to do work that is latent in a head of water
    load
    the power output of a generator or power plant
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    physical phenomenon
    a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy
  3. noun
    physical strength
    synonyms: might, mightiness
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    strength
    the property of being physically or mentally strong
  4. verb
    supply the force or power for the functioning of
    “The gasoline powers the engines”
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    drive
    cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling
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    cater, ply, provide, supply
    give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance
  5. noun
    possession of controlling influence
    “the deterrent power of nuclear weapons”
    “the power of his love saved her”
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    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
    preponderance
    superiority in power or influence
    puissance
    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
    sway
    controlling influence
    influence
    a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
    repellant, repellent
    the power to repel
    control
    power to direct or determine
    jurisdiction, legal power
    (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
    disposal
    the power to use something or someone
    discretion, free will
    the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
    veto
    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
    convincingness
    the power of argument or evidence to cause belief
    news, newsworthiness
    the quality of being sufficiently interesting to be reported in news bulletins
    topicality
    the attribute of being of interest at the present time
    color, colour, vividness
    interest and variety and intensity
    shrillness
    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
    force
    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
    corporatism
    control of a state or organization by large interest groups
    hold
    power by which something or someone is affected or dominated
    iron fist
    rigorous or ruthless control
    rein
    any means of control
    self-determination
    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
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    quality
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  6. noun
    one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority
    “the mysterious presence of an evil power
    synonyms: force
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    juggernaut, steamroller
    a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
    influence
    one having power to influence another
    Moloch
    a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice
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    causal agency, causal agent, cause
    any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
  7. noun
    a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
    synonyms: great power, major power, superpower, world power
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    hegemon
    a leading or paramount power
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    body politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica, state
    a politically organized body of people under a single government
  8. noun
    a very wealthy or powerful businessman
    synonyms: baron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, top executive, tycoon
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    oil tycoon
    a powerful person in the oil business
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    businessman, man of affairs
    a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)
  9. noun
    (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power
    “during his first year in power
    “the power of the president”
    synonyms: office
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    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
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    state
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  10. noun
    a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
    synonyms: exponent, index
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    degree
    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
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    mathematical notation
    a notation used by mathematicians
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