What does powerful mean?

Definitions for powerful
ˈpaʊ ər fəlpow·er·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. powerfuladjective

    having great power or force or potency or effect

    "the most powerful government in western Europe"; "his powerful arms"; "a powerful bomb"; "the horse's powerful kick"; "powerful drugs"; "a powerful argument"

  2. knock-down(a), powerfuladjective

    strong enough to knock down or overwhelm

    "a knock-down blow"

  3. potent, powerfuladjective

    having great influence

  4. brawny, hefty, muscular, powerful, sinewyadjective

    (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

    "a hefty athlete"; "a muscular boxer"; "powerful arms"

  5. herculean, powerfuladverb

    displaying superhuman strength or power

    "herculean exertions"

  6. mighty, mightily, powerful, rightadverb

    (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree

    "the baby is mighty cute"; "he's mighty tired"; "it is powerful humid"; "that boy is powerful big now"; "they have a right nice place"; "they rejoiced mightily"

Wiktionary

  1. powerfuladjective

    Having, or capable of exerting power, potency or influence.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Powerfuladjective

    Etymology: power and ful.

    We have sustain’d one day in doubtful fight,
    What heaven’s lord hath powerfullest to send
    Against us from about his throne. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Henry II. endeavouring to establish his grandfather’s laws, met with powerful opposition from archbishop Becket. John Ayliffe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Powerfuladjective

    full of power; capable of producing great effects of any kind; potent; mighty; efficacious; intense; as, a powerful man or beast; a powerful engine; a powerful argument; a powerful light; a powerful vessel

  2. Powerfuladjective

    large; capacious; -- said of veins of ore

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. powerful

    Full of power; capable of producing great effects of any kind; as, a powerful army or navy.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'powerful' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1396

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'powerful' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3470

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'powerful' in Adjectives Frequency: #168

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of powerful in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of powerful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of powerful in a Sentence

  1. Edward Alsworth Ross:

    During the last dozen years the tales of suppression of free assemblage, free press, and free speech, by local authorities or the State operating under martial law have been so numerous as to have become an old story. They are attacked at the instigation of an economically and socially powerful class, itself enjoying to the full the advantages of free communications, but bent on denying them to the class it holds within its power...

  2. Gregory Allen Howard:

    Harriet was bigger than life. Harriet freeing slaves had a multiplying effect... Harriet showed them how powerful they could become.

  3. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.

  4. Jonathan Bricker:

    People will say things like,' I learned how powerful these cravings are, or I learned how seeing my friend smoke was a big trigger for me, or I learned that stress in my life was a big trigger,'.

  5. Dan Ivascyn:

    Based on valuations, we went into high-yield and investment-grade before the Brexit referendum, we’ve seen a big, powerful rally in risk assets tied to more central bank accommodation, in the wake of Brexit, so we are selling into it.

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