[pou-er-fuh l] /ˈpaʊ ər fəl/
having or exerting great or force.
physically strong, as a person:
a large, powerful athlete.
producing great physical effects, as a machine or a blow.
a powerful drug.
having great effectiveness, as a speech, speaker, description, reason, etc.
having great , authority, or influence; mighty:
a powerful nation.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. great in number or amount:
a powerful lot of money.
having great power, force, potency, or effect
extremely effective or efficient in action: a powerful drug, a powerful lens
(dialect) large or great: a powerful amount of trouble
(dialect) extremely; very: he ran powerful fast
c.1400, from power (n.) + -ful. Meaning “of great quality or number” is from 1811; colloquial sense of “exceedingly” (adv.) is from 1822. Related: Powerfully. Thornton (“American Glossary”) notes powerful as “Much used by common people in the sense of very,” along with monstrous and cites curious expressions such as devilish good, monstrous pretty (1799), dreadful polite, cruel pretty, abominable fine (1803), “or when a young lady admires a lap dog for being so vastly small and declares him prodigious handsome” (1799).
- Power hit
(Or “power glitch”) A sudden increase (spike) or decrease (drop-out) in the mains electricity supply. These can cause crashes and even permanent damage to computers. Computers and other electronic equipment should really include some kind of over-voltage protection in its mains input to prevent such damamge. [Jargon File]
[pou-er-fuh l] /ˈpaʊ ər fəl/ adjective 1. having or exerting great or force. 2. physically strong, as a person: a large, powerful athlete. 3. producing great physical effects, as a machine or a blow. 4. potent; efficacious: a powerful drug. 5. having great effectiveness, as a speech, speaker, description, reason, etc. 6. having great , […]
[pou-er-hous] /ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊs/ noun, plural powerhouses [pou-er-hou-ziz for 1;pou-er-hou-siz for 2] /ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊ zɪz for 1;ˈpaʊ ərˌhaʊ sɪz for 2/ (Show IPA) 1. Electricity. a generating station. 2. a person, group, team, or the like, having great energy, strength, or potential for success. /ˈpaʊəˌhaʊs/ noun 1. an electrical generating station or plant 2. (informal) a […]
[pou-er] /ˈpaʊ ər/ noun 1. ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something. 2. political or national strength: the balance of power in Europe. 3. great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force. 4. the possession of control or command over others; authority; ascendancy: power over men’s minds. 5. […]