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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pow"er
Same as Poor, the fish.
noun Pow"er
  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 powerof 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. Hamilton.]
  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 powersof darkness." [Milton.]"And the powers of the heavens shall be shaken." [Matt. xxiv. 29.]
  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.]
  7. A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o� good things.(Colloq)
  8. [Mech]
    1. 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 .
    2. A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc.
    3. 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.
    4. A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power .
  9. [Math] 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.
  10. [Metaph] 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. "The guiltiness of my mind, the sudden surprise of my powers, drove the grossness . . . into a received belief." [Shak.]
  11. [Optics] 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.
  12. [Law] An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment.
  13. Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power .

Note: ☞ The English unit of power used most commonly is the horse power. See Horse power.

Note: ☞ This use in mechanics, of power as a synonym for force, is improper and is becoming obsolete.

Note: Power is used adjectively, denoting, driven, or adapted to be driven, by machinery, and not actuated directly by the hand or foot; as, a power lathe; a power loom; a power press.

Note: Power may be predicated of inanimate agents, like the winds and waves, electricity and magnetism, gravitation, etc., or of animal and intelligent beings; and when predicated of these beings, it may indicate physical, mental, or moral ability or capacity.

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Physical strength
  2. Possession of controlling influence ("the deterrent power of nuclear weapons", "the power of his love saved her", and "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade")
  3. Possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done ("danger heightened his powers of discrimination")
  4. A mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
  5. A state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
  6. A very wealthy or powerful businessman
  7. One possessing or exercising power or influence or authority ("the mysterious presence of an evil power")
  8. Energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor ("The power went oout around midnight")
  9. (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)
  10. (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power ("during his first year in power" and "the power of the president")
  11. Supply the force or power for the functioning of ("The gasoline powers the engines")

From Middle English poer, from Old French poeir, from Vulgar Latin *potēre, for Latin possum, posse (“to be able”); see potent. Compare Modern French pouvoir.

  1. (social) Ability to coerce, influence or control.
    1. (countable) Ability to affect or influence.
    2. Control or coercion, particularly legal or political (jurisdiction).
    3. (metonymy) (chiefly in the plural) The people in charge of legal or political power, the government.
    4. (metonymy) An influential nation, company, or other such body.
  2. (physical, uncountable) Effectiveness.
    1. Physical force or strength.
      He needed a lot of to hit the ball out of the stadium.
    2. Electricity or a supply of electricity.
      After the pylons collapsed, this town was without for a few days.
    3. A measure of the rate of doing work or transferring energy.
    4. A rate to magnify an optical image by a lens or mirror.
      We need a microscope with higher .
  3. (mathematics)
    1. A product of equal factors. Notation and usage: xn, 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.
    2. (set theory) Cardinality.
    3. (statistics) The probability that a statistical test will reject the null hypothesis when the alternative hypothesis is true.
  4. (biblical, in the plural) In Christian angelology, an intermediate level of angels, ranked above archangels, but exact position varies by classification scheme.

Notable Persons Named Power

Power Princess is a comics character.


Power Rangers Redux is a heavy metal music and power metal singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer, and musician. He plays Vocals, piano, keyboard, drums, percussion, clarinet, Electronic keyboard, Drum kit, and Percussion instrument. He holds the title Combat" and Gohan's Hidden Powers". His ongoing career started in 1992. Power was given the name Ronald Aaron Wasserman on September 2nd, 1961 in Encino, California, U.S. Power is also known as Aaron Waters, The Mighty RAW, Waters, and Aaron.


Power Chan is an actor. He was most active from 1989 to present. Power was born on February 4th, 1968 in Hong Kong. Power is also known as Jerry Chan.



His most notable accomplishments were from 1819 to 1839. Power was born as the child of William Trench and 1st Earl of Clancarty on June 10th, 1770. He breathed his last breath on March 25th, 1839.


Power was born in 1841. He breathed his last breath in 1899.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Power

Samantha Power is a 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Samantha was born on September 21st, 1970 in Castleknock.


Tyrone Power was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1932 to present. Tyrone was given the name Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr. by his parents Tyrone Power and Sr. on May 5th, 1914 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Tyrone is also known as Ty Power. He passed away on November 15th, 1958.


Cat Power is an indie rock, folk rock, blues rock, alternative rock, lo-fi music, and sadcore musician. She plays Guitar, Piano, Danelectro Amp-in-case, Gibson Les Paul, and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 1992. Cat was given the name Charlyn Marie Marshall on January 21st, 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Cat is also known as Chan Marshall and Cat Power.


Romina Power is an actress, singer, writer, and painter. She has had major accomplishments since 1965. Romina was given the name Romina Francesca Power by her parents Tyrone Power and Linda Christian on October 2nd, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, United States.


DeStorm Power is a hip hop music, rhythm, and blues musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. DeStorm was born on January 30th, 1982 in Arlington County, Virginia. DeStorm is also known as DeStorm.


Will Power is a racing driver for the Team Penske. Will was born on March 1st, 1981 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.


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Popularity of Power as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Power U.S.
  White 90.50% 64.26%
  African American 3.82% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.80% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.52% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.71% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.65% 16.26%

Of Last Name Power

People with the last name Power are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Power

  • How Popular is the name Power? Power is the 58,844th most popular name of all time. As a last name Power was the 2,435th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Power have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 24 babies born with the first name Power in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Power? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2013 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Power first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Power is Saturday, May 15th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Power born? The highest recorded use of the first name Power was in 2017 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Power: Your name in reverse order is Rewop. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oerwp. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Power? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,890 people with the last name Power.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Power? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Power as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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