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Definitions for puissance
ˈpyu ə səns, pyuˈɪs əns, ˈpwɪs ənspuis·sance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. puissancenoun

    power to influence or coerce

    "the puissance of the labor vote"


  1. puissancenoun

    Power, might or potency.

  2. Etymology: From pussance, pusaunce et al., from puissant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Puissancenoun

    Power; strength; force.

    Etymology: puissance, Fr.

    The chariots were drawn not by the strength of horses, but by the puissance of men. Destruction of Troy.

    Grandsires, babies and old women;
    Or past, or not arriv’d to, pith and puissance. William Shakespeare.

    Look with forehead bold and big enough
    Upon the pow’r and puissance of the king. William Shakespeare.

    Our puissance is our own; our own right hand
    Shall teach us highest deeds. John Milton.


  1. Puissance

    Puissance is the high-jump competition in the equestrian sport of show jumping.


  1. puissance

    Puissance is a French term that translates to "power" in English. It can refer to strength, force, or potency. In mathematics, it relates to the power of numbers. In equestrian sports, "puissance" is a high-jump competition. It can also refer to a measure of a vehicle’s horsepower. The exact meaning depends on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Puissancenoun

    power; strength; might; force; potency

  2. Etymology: [F., fr. puissant. See Puissant, and cf. Potency, Potance, Potence.]


  1. Puissance

    Puissance is the high-jump competition in the equestrian sport of show jumping.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of puissance in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of puissance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  • Phil Johnson
    Phil Johnson
    I think this word has marvelous potential for journalists who want to describe a certain segment of governance, i.e., ("the puissance of the Foggy Bottom autocracy").
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