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Princeton's WordNet

  1. might, mightiness, powernoun

    physical strength

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mightthe preterite of may.

    Matters of such consequence should be in plain words, as little liable as might be to doubt. John Locke.

  2. Mote


    Most ugly shapes,
    Such as dame Nature self mote fear to see,
    Or shame, that ever should so foul defects
    From her most cunning hand escaped be. Fairy Queen.

  3. Mightnoun

    Power; strength; force.

    Etymology: might , Saxon.

    What so strong,
    But wanting rest, will also want of might. Edmund Spenser.

    Quoth she, great grief will not be told,
    And can more easily be thought than said;
    Right so, quoth he, but he that never would,
    Could never; will to might gives greatest aid. Fa. Qu.

    An oath of mickle might. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Wherefore should not strength and might
    There fail, where virtue fails. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vi.

    With might and main they chac’d the murd’rous fox,
    With brazen trumpets and inflated box. Dryden.

    This privilege the clergy in England formerly contended for with all might and main. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Might

    of May

  2. Might

    imp. of May

  3. Might

    force or power of any kind, whether of body or mind; energy or intensity of purpose, feeling, or action; means or resources to effect an object; strength; force; power; ability; capacity

  4. Etymology: [AS. meahte, mihte.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Might

    mīt, pa.t. of may.

  2. Might

    mīt, n. power: ability: strength: energy or intensity of purpose or feeling.—adj. Might′ful (Shak.), mighty: powerful.—adv. Might′ily.—n. Might′iness, state of being mighty: power: greatness: great amount: a title of dignity: excellency.—adj. Might′y, having greater power: strong: valiant: very great: important: exhibiting might: wonderful.—Might and main, utmost strength. [A.S. meaht, miht; Ger. macht; cf. May.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'might' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #139

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'might' in Written Corpus Frequency: #159

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'might' in Verbs Frequency: #34

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of might in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of might in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of might in a Sentence

  1. Jasmina Wiemann:

    Lizards and turtles sit in the sun and bask, and we may have to consider similar' behavioral' thermoregulation in ornithischians with exceptionally low metabolic rates. Cold-blooded dinosaurs also might have had to migrate to warmer climates during the cold season, and climate may have been a selective factor for where some of these dinosaurs could live.

  2. Ankit Panda:

    They might work toward developing better liquid-propellant engines or revisit older engines that they've had trouble with in the past.

  3. Cat Ping:

    Jeb Bush might be a good candidate because he comes from that family background of kicking butt and taking names.

  4. Robert Bloom:

    If I were the judge, I'd have to be a little bit nervous about the possible appellate route the defense might take, the chance of an appeal being successful is not that great but you can expect that the appeal will be made.

  5. Rene Umberger:

    That act of ripping out my air supply was terrifying and dangerous, and if it had occurred to someone who did not have as much experience as I did, they might well have died.

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