[poht-nt] /ˈpoʊt nt/
a potent fighting force.
Several potent arguments were in his favor.
producing powerful physical or chemical effects:
a potent drug.
having or exercising great power or influence:
a potent factor in the economy.
(of a male) capable of sexual intercourse.
[poht-nt] /ˈpoʊt nt/ Heraldry.
a fur having a pattern of T -shaped forms, placed in alternate directions and having alternating tinctures, one metal and one color, so that all forms of one tincture face the same way and are between, above, and below forms of the other tincture facing the other way.
a T -shaped form used in potent or counterpotent.
(of a cross) having a crosspiece at the extremity of each arm:
a cross potent.
possessing great strength; powerful
(of arguments, etc) persuasive or forceful
influential or authoritative
tending to produce violent physical or chemical effects: a potent poison
(of a male) capable of having sexual intercourse
(heraldry) (of a cross) having flat bars across the ends of the arms
early 15c., from Latin potentem (nominative potens) “powerful,” present participle of *potere “be powerful,” from potis “powerful, able, capable; possible;” of persons, “better, preferable; chief, principal; strongest, foremost,” from PIE root *poti- “powerful, lord” (cf. Sanskrit patih “master, husband,” Greek posis, Lithuanian patis “husband”). Meaning “having sexual power” is first recorded 1899.
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[poht-n-teyt] /ˈpoʊt nˌteɪt/ noun 1. a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler. /ˈpəʊtənˌteɪt/ noun 1. a person who possesses great power or authority, esp a ruler or monarch n. c.1400, from Old French potentat and directly from Late Latin potentatus “a ruler,” also “political power,” from Latin potentatus “might, power, […]
[puh-ten-zuh; Italian paw-ten-tsah] /pəˈtɛn zə; Italian pɔˈtɛn tsɑ/ noun 1. a city in Basilicata, in S Italy. [skee-en-tee-ah est poh-ten-tee-ah; English see-en-shee-uh est poh-ten-shee-uh] /skiˈɛn tiˌɑ ɛst poʊˈtɛn tiˌɑ; English siˈɛn ʃi ə ɛst poʊˈtɛn ʃi ə/ Latin. 1. knowledge is power.
[puh-ten-shuh l] /pəˈtɛn ʃəl/ adjective 1. possible, as opposed to actual: the potential uses of nuclear energy. 2. capable of being or becoming: a potential danger to safety. 3. Grammar. expressing possibility: the potential subjunctive in Latin; the potential use of can in I can go. 4. Archaic. 1 . noun 5. possibility; potentiality: an […]
- Potential cautery
potential cautery n. An agent, such as potassium hydroxide, that causes the formation of an eschar by chemical means. Also called virtual cautery.