Power Definition

Define what is Power?

1. power, powerfulness (noun)

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.
Synonyms: powerfulness
Antonyms: impotence, impotency, powerlessness (noun)

the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble.


quality noun
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone.


effectiveness, potency, strength noun
capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects.

valence, valency noun
(chemistry) a property of atoms or radicals; their combining power given in terms of the number of hydrogen atoms (or the equivalent).

valence, valency noun
(biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate.

preponderance noun
superiority in power or influence.

puissance noun
power to influence or coerce.

persuasiveness, strength noun
the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty.

irresistibility, irresistibleness noun
the quality of being overpowering and impossible to resist.

interestingness, interest noun
the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.).

chokehold, stranglehold, throttlehold noun
complete power over a person or situation.

sway noun
controlling influence.

influence noun
a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc.

repellant, repellent noun
the power to repel.

control noun
power to direct or determine.

jurisdiction, legal power noun
(law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law.

disposal noun
the power to use something or someone.

free will, discretion noun
the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies.

veto noun
the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature).

effectiveness, effectivity, effectuality, effectualness noun
power to be effective; the quality of being able to bring about an effect.

2. power (verb)

supply the force or power for the functioning of.

  • The gasoline powers the engines.

cater, ply, provide, supply verb
give what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenance.


drive verb
cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling.

3. power (noun)

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


    physical phenomenon noun
    a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy.


    electric power, electrical power, wattage noun
    the product of voltage and current.

    waterpower noun
    the power to do work that is latent in a head of water.

    4. ability, power (noun)

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

    • danger heightened his powers of discrimination.
    Synonyms: ability
    Antonyms: inability (noun)

    lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something.


    cognition, knowledge, noesis noun
    the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning.


    know-how noun
    the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something.

    leadership noun
    the ability to lead.

    intelligence noun
    the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience.

    aptitude noun
    inherent ability.

    bilingualism noun
    the ability to speak two languages colloquially.

    mental ability, capacity noun
    the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior.

    creative thinking, creativeness, creativity noun
    the ability to create.

    originality noun
    the ability to think and act independently.

    science, skill noun
    ability to produce solutions in some problem domain.

    acquirement, skill, accomplishment, attainment, acquisition noun
    an ability that has been acquired by training.

    hand noun

    superior skill noun
    more than ordinary ability.

    faculty, mental faculty, module noun
    one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind.

    5. office, power (noun)

    (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.
    Synonyms: office

    State noun
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes.


    executive clemency noun
    the power (usually of a president or governor) to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted in that jurisdiction.

    war power noun
    an extraordinary power exercised (usually by the executive branch) in the prosecution of a war and involving an extension of the powers that the government normally has in peacetime.

    6. power, force (noun)

    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.
    Synonyms: force

    causal agency, causal agent, cause noun
    any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results.


    Juggernaut, steamroller noun
    a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way.

    influence noun
    one having power to influence another.

    Moloch noun
    a tyrannical power to be propitiated by human subservience or sacrifice.

    7. exponent, index, power (noun)

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

      Synonyms: exponent, index

      mathematical notation noun
      a notation used by mathematicians.


      degree noun
      the highest power of a term or variable.

      logarithm, log noun
      the exponent required to produce a given number.

      8. might, mightiness, power (noun)

      physical strength.

        Synonyms: might, mightiness

        strength noun
        the property of being physically or mentally strong.

        9. great power, major power, superpower, world power, power (noun)

        a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world.


          body politic, country, Nation, res publica, commonwealth, State, Land noun
          a politically organized body of people under a single government.


          hegemon noun
          a leading or paramount power.

          10. big businessman, business leader, magnate, top executive, tycoon, baron, King, Mogul, power (noun)

          a very wealthy or powerful businessman.

          • an oil baron.

          businessman, man of affairs noun
          a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive).


          oil tycoon noun
          a powerful person in the oil business.

          Nearby Terms

          power brake (noun)
          a brake on an automobile that magnifies a small force applied to the brake pedal into a proportionately larger force applied to slow or stop the vehicle

          power breakfast (noun)
          a meeting of influential people to conduct business while eating breakfast

          power broker (noun)
          a person who is important by virtue of the people or votes they control

          power cable (noun)
          cable used to distribute electricity

          power company (noun)
          a public utility that provides electricity

          power cord (noun)
          a cord to conduct power to an electrical appliance

          power couple (noun)
          a couple both of whom have high-powered careers or are politically influential

          power dive (noun)
          a dive of an airplane that is accelerated both by gravity and by the power of the engine

          power drill (noun)
          a power tool for drilling holes into hard materials

          power failure (noun)
          equipment failure resulting when the supply of power fails

          power grid (noun)
          a system of high tension cables by which electrical power is distributed throughout a region

          power hammer (noun)
          a power tool for drilling rocks

          power hunger (noun)
          a drive to acquire power

          power law (noun)
          (psychophysics) the concept that the magnitude of a subjective sensation increases proportional to a power of the stimulus intensity

          power line (noun)
          cable used to distribute electricity