Hypertext Webster Gateway: "power"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Accumulation \Ac*cu`mu*la"tion\, n. [L. accumulatio; cf. F.
1. The act of accumulating, the state of being accumulated,
or that which is accumulated; as, an accumulation of
earth, of sand, of evils, of wealth, of honors.

2. (Law) The concurrence of several titles to the same proof.

{Accumulation of energy} or {power}, the storing of energy by
means of weights lifted or masses put in motion;
electricity stored.

{An accumulation of degrees} (Eng. Univ.), the taking of
several together, or at smaller intervals than usual or
than is allowed by the rules.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Power \Pow"er\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
Same as {Poor}, the fish.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Power \Pow"er\, n. [OE. pouer, poer, OF. poeir, pooir, F.
pouvoir, n. & v., fr. LL. potere, for L. posse, potesse, to
be able, to have power. See {Possible}, {Potent}, and cf.
{Posse comitatus}.]
1. Ability to act, regarded as latent or inherent; the
faculty of doing or performing something; capacity for
action or performance; capability of producing an effect,
whether physical or moral: potency; might; as, a man of
great power; the power of capillary attraction; money
gives power. ``One next himself in power, and next in
crime.'' --Milton.

2. Ability, regarded as put forth or exerted; strength,
force, or energy in action; as, the power of steam in
moving an engine; the power of truth, or of argument, in
producing conviction; the power of enthusiasm. ``The power
of fancy.'' --Shak.

3. Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted
upon; susceptibility; -- called also {passive power}; as,
great power of endurance.

Power, then, is active and passive; faculty is
active power or capacity; capacity is passive power.
--Sir W.

4. The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the
exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion;
sway; command; government.

Power is no blessing in itself but when it is
employed to protect the innocent. --Swift.

5. The agent exercising an ability to act; an individual
invested with authority; an institution, or government,
which exercises control; as, the great powers of Europe;
hence, often, a superhuman agent; a spirit; a divinity.
``The powers of darkness.'' --Milton.

And the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
--Matt. xxiv.

6. A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.

Never such a power . . . Was levied in the body of a
land. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : supplementing or replacing manual effort; "power brakes";
"power-assisted steering" [syn: {power-assisted}, {power(a)}]
n 1: possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of
nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"
[syn: {powerfulness}, {potency}] [ant: {powerlessness}]
2: (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (=
3: possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities)
required to do something or get something done; "danger
heightened his powers of discrimination" [syn: {ability}]
[ant: {inability}]
4: a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the
world [syn: {world power}, {major power}, {great power}, {superpower}]
5: (of a government or government official) holding an office
means being in power; "being in office already gives a
candidate a great advantage"; "during his first year in
power" [syn: {office}]
6: one possessing or exercising power or influence or
authority: "the mysterious presence of an evil power";
"may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil" [syn: {force}]
7: physical strength [syn: {might}, {mightiness}]
8: a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a
quantity is multiplied by itself [syn: {exponent}, {index}]
9: a very wealthy or powerful businessman: "an oil baron" [syn:
{baron}, {big businessman}, {business leader}, {king}, {magnate},
{mogul}, {top executive}, {tycoon}]
v : supply the force or power for the functioning of; "The
gasoline powers the engines"

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