What does Power mean?

Definitions for Power
ˈpaʊ ərpow·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Power.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. power, powerfulnessnoun

    possession of controlling influence

    "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"

  2. powernoun

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

  3. ability, powernoun

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

    "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"

  4. office, powernoun

    (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 office"; "during his first year in power"; "the power of the president"

  5. power, forcenoun

    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"

  6. exponent, power, indexnoun

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

  7. might, mightiness, powernoun

    physical strength

  8. world power, major power, great power, power, superpowernoun

    a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world

  9. baron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, power, top executive, tycoonverb

    a very wealthy or powerful businessman

    "an oil baron"

  10. powerverb

    supply the force or power for the functioning of

    "The gasoline powers the engines"


  1. powernoun

    physical force or strength.

    He needed a lot of power to hit the ball out of the stadium.

  2. powernoun

    control, particularly legal or political (jurisdiction)

    2005, Columbia Law Review, April

  3. powernoun

    electricity or a supply of electricity.

    After the pylons collapsed, this town was without power for a few days.

  4. powernoun

    A measure of the rate of doing work or transferring energy.

  5. powernoun

    A rate to magnify an optical image by a lens or mirror.

    We need a microscope with higher power.

  6. powernoun

    In Christian angelology, the fourth level of angels, ranked above archangels and below principalities

  7. powernoun

    A product of equal factors. Notation and usage: x, read as "x to the power of n" or "x to the nth power", denotes x x ... x, in which x appears n times, where n is called the exponent; the definition is extended to non-integer and complex exponents.

  8. powernoun


  9. powerverb

    To provide power for (a mechanical or electronic device).

    This CD player is powered by batteries.

  10. powerverb

    To hit or kick something forcefully.

  11. powernoun

    The probability that a statistical test will reject the null hypothesis when the alternative hypothesis is true.

  12. Powernoun

    A button of a computer, a video game console, or similar device, that when pressed, causes the device to be either shut down or powered up.

  13. Etymology: From power.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POWERnoun

    Etymology: pouvoir, Fr.

    If law, authority and pow’r deny not,
    It will go hard with poor Anthonio. William Shakespeare.

    No man could ever have a just power over the life of another, by right of property in land. John Locke.

    Power is no blessing in itself, but when it is employ’d to protect the innocent. Jonathan Swift.

    This man had power with him, to draw him forth to his death. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Dejected! no, it never shall be said,
    That fate had power upon a Spartan soul;
    My mind on its own centre stands unmov’d
    And stable, as the fabrick of the world. Dryden.

    That which moveth God to work is goodness, and that which ordereth his work is wisdom, and that which perfecteth his work is power. Richard Hooker.

    I have suffer’d in your woe;
    Nor shall be wanting ought within my pow’r,
    For your relief in my refreshing bow’r. Dryden.

    You are still living to enjoy the blessings of all the good you have performed, and many prayers that your power of doing generous actions may be as extended as your will. Dry.

    It is not in the power of the most enlarged understanding, to invent one new simple idea in the mind, not taken in by the ways aforementioned. John Locke.

    ’Tis not in the power of want or slavery to make them miserable. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    Though it be not in our power to make affliction no affliction; yet it is in our power to take off the edge of it, by a steady view of those divine joys prepared for us in another state. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Observing in ourselves, that we can at pleasure move several parts of our bodies, which were at rest; the effects also that natural bodies are able to produce in one another, occurring every moment to our senses, we both these ways get the idea of power. John Locke.

    By understanding the true difference betwixt the weight and the power, a man may add such a fitting supplement to the strength of the power, that it shall move any conceivable weight, though it should never so much exceed that force, which the power is naturally endowed with. John Wilkins.

    Care, not fear; or fear not for themselves altered something the countenances of the two lovers: but so as any man might perceive, was rather an assembling of powers than dismayedness of courage. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    He died of great years, but of strong health and powers. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    If ever
    You meet in some fresh cheek the power of fancy,
    Then you shall know the wounds invisible,
    That love’s keen arrows make. William Shakespeare.

    I was in the thought, they were not fairies, and yet the guiltiness of my mind, the sudden surprize of my powers drove the grossness of the foppery into a received belief. William Shakespeare.

    In our little world, this soul of ours
    Being only one, and to one body ty’d,
    Doth use, on divers objects, divers powers;
    And so are her effects diversify’d. Davies.

    Maintain the empire of the mind over the body, and keep the appetites of the one in due subjection to the reasoning powers of the other. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    The design of this science is to rescue our reasoning powers from their unhappy slavery and darkness. Isaac Watts.

    My labour
    Honest and lawful, to deserve my food
    Of those who have me in their civil power. John Milton.

    ’Tis surprising to consider with what heats these two powers have contested their title to the kingdom of Cyprus, that is in the hands of the Turk. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    After the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. Mat.

    The fables turn’d some men to flow’rs,
    And others did with brutish forms invest;
    And did of others make celestial pow’rs,
    Like angels, which still travel, yet still rest. Davies.

    If there’s a pow’r above us,
    And that there is all nature cries aloud
    Through all her works, he must delight in virtue. Addis.

    Merciful powers!
    Restrain in me the cursed thoughts, that nature
    Gives way to in repose. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Cast down thyself, and only strive to raise
    The glory of thy maker’s sacred name;
    Use all thy pow’rs, that blessed pow’r to praise,
    Which gives thee pow’r to be and use the same. Davies.

    With indignation, thus he broke
    His awful silence, and the pow’rs bespoke. Dryden.

    Tell me,
    What are the gods the better for this gold?
    The wretch that offers from his wealthy store
    These presents, bribes the pow’rs to give him more. Dryd.

    He, to work him the more mischief, sent over his brother Edward with a power of Scots and Redshanks into Ireland, where they got footing. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Never such a power,
    For any foreign preparation,
    Was levied in the body of a land. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Young Octavius and Mark Antony
    Come down upon us with a mighty power,
    Bending their expedition tow’rd Philippi. William Shakespeare.

    Who leads his power?
    Under whose government come they along? William Shakespeare.

    My heart, dear Harry,
    Threw many a northward look, to see his father
    Bring up his pow’rs; but he did long in vain. William Shakespeare.

    Gazellus, upon the coming of the bassa, valiantly issued forth with all his power, and gave him battle. Richard Knolles.


  1. Power

    Power is a song recorded by South Korean–Chinese boy group EXO for the repackaged edition of their fourth studio album The War:The Power of Music. It was released in Korean and Chinese versions by S. M. Entertainment on September 5, 2017. On October 20, four remixes of the song were released through SM Station.


  1. power

    Power refers to the ability or capacity of an individual, group, or entity to exert influence, control, or authority over others or situations. It entails having the means and control to achieve desired outcomes, make decisions, and affect the behavior or actions of others. Power can be derived from various sources such as knowledge, wealth, position, physical strength, social status, or persuasive skills. It can be used positively to benefit others or negatively to exploit or dominate others, and its manifestation can be observed in various contexts, including politics, organizations, relationships, and social dynamics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Powernoun

    same as Poor, the fish

  2. Powernoun

    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

  3. Powernoun

    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

  4. Powernoun

    capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power; as, great power of endurance

  5. Powernoun

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

  6. Powernoun

    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

  7. Powernoun

    a military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host

  8. Powernoun

    a large quantity; a great number; as, a power o/ good things

  9. Powernoun

    the rate at which mechanical energy is exerted or mechanical work performed, as by an engine or other machine, or an animal, working continuously; as, an engine of twenty horse power

  10. Powernoun

    a mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc

  11. Powernoun

    applied force; force producing motion or pressure; as, the power applied at one and of a lever to lift a weight at the other end

  12. Powernoun

    a machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power

  13. Powernoun

    the product arising from the multiplication of a number into itself; as, a square is the second power, and a cube is third power, of a number

  14. Powernoun

    mental or moral ability to act; one of the faculties which are possessed by the mind or soul; as, the power of thinking, reasoning, judging, willing, fearing, hoping, etc

  15. Powernoun

    the degree to which a lens, mirror, or any optical instrument, magnifies; in the telescope, and usually in the microscope, the number of times it multiplies, or augments, the apparent diameter of an object; sometimes, in microscopes, the number of times it multiplies the apparent surface

  16. Powernoun

    an authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment

  17. Powernoun

    hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power

  18. Etymology: [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. Power

    In physics, power is the rate at which energy is transferred, used, or transformed. The unit of power is the joule per second, known as the watt. For example, the rate at which a light bulb transforms electrical energy into heat and light is measured in watts—the more wattage, the more power, or equivalently the more electrical energy is used per unit time. Energy transfer can be used to do work, so power is also the rate at which this work is performed. The same amount of work is done when carrying a load up a flight of stairs whether the person carrying it walks or runs, but more power is expended during the running because the work is done in a shorter amount of time. The output power of an electric motor is the product of the torque the motor generates and the angular velocity of its output shaft. The power expended to move a vehicle is the product of the traction force of the wheels and the velocity of the vehicle. The integral of power over time defines the work done. Because this integral depends on the trajectory of the point of application of the force and torque, this calculation of work is said to be path dependent.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Power

    pow′ėr, n. that in a person or a thing which enables them to act on other persons or things: strength: energy: faculty of the mind: any agency: moving force of anything: right to command: rule: authority: influence: ability: capacity of suffering: a ruler: a divinity: the result of the continued multiplication of a quantity by itself any given number of times: (optics) magnifying strength: (obs.) a great many.—adjs. Pow′ered, having power; Pow′erful, having great power: mighty: intense: forcible: efficacious.—adv. Pow′erfully.—ns. Pow′erfulness; Pow′er-house, a house where mechanical power (esp. electric) is generated.—adj. Pow′erless, without power: weak: impotent.—adv. Pow′erlessly.—ns. Pow′erlessness; Pow′er-loom, a loom worked by some mechanical power, as water, steam, &c.—Power of attorney (see Attorney); Power of sale, a clause in securities and wills empowering property referred to to be sold on certain conditions; Powers, or Great Powers (see Great).—Absolute power, power subject to no control by law; Civil power, power of governing a state; Mechanical powers (see Mechanical). [O. Fr. poer (Fr. pouvoir)—Low L. pot-ĕre, to be able.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. power

    Mechanical force; in the steam-engine it is esteemed effective, expansive, or full. (See HORSE-POWER.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. power

    In military affairs as well as in all others, is knowledge—of human passions—of arms—of distance—of the skill and numbers of an enemy. To be in the power of an enemy, is to have taken up, injudiciously, such a position as to expose you to a defeat whenever the enemy may think proper to attack you.

Editors Contribution

  1. powerverb

    0.) Being in the order used to represent dialectal speech of the man to grandson legacy forming frequentative verbal action or document effecting such actions. 1.) The ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality. 2.) The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of the others or what course of events. 3.) Physical strength and force exerted by something or someone. 4.) Energy that is produced by mechanical, electrical, or other means and used to operate a device. 5.) The number of times a certain number is to be multiplied by itself. 6.) To move or travel with great speed or force.

    Power is as an acting source of positive energy.

    Etymology: Source of Energy

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on November 5, 2023  

  2. power

    Able to do, think or move.

    They had the powers to learn and shift perception.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2020  

  3. power

    The ability for energy to change, transfer, transform, move or have usage.

    Solar Power is such an effective and efficient form of power and it is free and clean too.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

  4. power

    The ability or capacity to do

    Power is to be used so wisely in society.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

  5. power

    The capacity of a system or machine to function.

    The machine was capable of 1500 horse power.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

  6. power

    The efficient energy by which a system or machine functions or works.

    The machine and lights worked from solar power.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

  7. power

    The official capacity to use authority.

    Power from a governmental perspective is vital for politicians to perform their duties.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. POWER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Power is ranked #2435 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Power surname appeared 14,890 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Power.

    90.5% or 13,475 total occurrences were White.
    3.8% or 569 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 395 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 255 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 119 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 77 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Power' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #257

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Power' in Written Corpus Frequency: #652

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Power' in Nouns Frequency: #47

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Power in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Power in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Power in a Sentence

  1. John F. Kennedy:

    The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nations greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

  2. H.W. Mann:

    The power of creation. Not believing we have the power is not the same as not having the power. We are constantly creating. The question is what are we creating. The power is in understanding the power. When we are anxious, when we are depressed, when we focus on lack, we create more lack. If instead we show gratitude, if we are thankful for the blessings in life, if we focus our energy on abundance, then abundance is what we create.

  3. John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963 - Source JFK Library, Boston, Mass.:

    The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

  4. A Bartlett Giamatti:

    Far better to think historically, to remember the lessons of the past. Thus, far better to conceive of power as consisting in part of the knowledge of when not to use all the power you have. Far better to be one who knows that if you reserve the power not to use all your power, you will lead others far more successfully and well.

  5. Falcon Murphy:

    There's been no black power in Baltimore State even though there's the illusion of black power, if mayors don't use their own power to help the black community, that's not power.

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