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power British & World English

The ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way

air power British & World English

The ability to defend or attack by means of aircraft

power cut British & World English

A temporary withdrawal or failure of an electrical power supply

power law British & World English

A relationship between two quantities such that one is proportional to a fixed power of the other

power nap British & World English

A short sleep taken during the working day in order to restore one’s mental alertness

power pop British & World English

A style of pop music characterized by a strong melody line, heavy use of guitars, and simple rhythm

power-up British & World English

The action of switching on an electrical device, especially a computer

sea power British & World English

A country’s naval strength, especially as a weapon of war

Red Power British & World English

A movement in support of rights and political power for American Indians

Black Power British & World English

A movement in support of rights and political power for black people, especially prominent in the US in the 1960s and 1970s

pedal power British & World English

Cycling as a means of transport

power base British & World English

A source of authority, influence, or support, especially in politics or negotiations

power bloc British & World English

An association of groups, especially nations, having a common interest and acting as a single political force

power dive British & World English

A steep dive of an aircraft with the engines providing thrust

power line British & World English

A cable carrying electrical power, especially one supported by pylons or poles

power lunch British & World English

A working lunch, especially one at which powerful politicians, executives, etc. hold important discussions

power pack British & World English

A self-contained and typically transportable unit which stores and supplies electrical power

power plant British & World English

another term for power station.

power play British & World English

Tactics exhibiting or intended to increase a person’s power or influence

power pole British & World English

A pole, mast, or tower that carries electric wires

power slide British & World English

A deliberate controlled skid in a vehicle, performed in order to turn corners at high speed

power train British & World English

The mechanism that transmits the drive from the engine of a vehicle to its axle

power trip British & World English

A self-aggrandizing quest for ever-increasing control over others

power user British & World English

A knowledgeable and sophisticated user of computers

steam power British & World English

Power that is applied to an engine by the force of steam

soft power British & World English

A persuasive approach to international relations, typically involving the use of economic or cultural influence

solar power British & World English

Power obtained by harnessing the energy of the sun’s rays

water power British & World English

Power that is derived from the weight or motion of water, used as a force to drive machinery

hard power British & World English

A coercive approach to international political relations, especially one that involves the use of military power

wave power British & World English

Power obtained by harnessing the energy produced by waves at sea

world power British & World English

A country that has significant influence in international affairs

wind power British & World English

Power obtained by harnessing the energy of the wind

atomic power British & World English

another term for nuclear power.

flower power British & World English

The ideas of the flower children, especially the promotion of peace and love as means of changing the world

nuclear power British & World English

Electric or motive power generated by a nuclear reactor

motive power British & World English

The energy (in the form of steam, electricity, etc.) used to drive machinery

people power British & World English

Political pressure exercised through the public demonstration of popular opinion

pester power British & World English

The ability of children to pressurize their parents into buying them products, especially items advertised in the media

power broker British & World English

A person who deliberately affects the distribution of political or economic power by exerting influence or by intrigue

power-driven British & World English

Operated or controlled by mechanical or electrical energy as distinct from manual labour

power factor British & World English

The ratio of the actual electrical power dissipated by an AC circuit to the product of the r.m.s. values of current and voltage. The difference between the two is caused by reactance in the circuit and represents power that does no useful work

power forward British & World English

A large forward who plays in the area near the opposing team’s basket

power-hungry British & World English

Having a strong desire for power

power rating British & World English

The amount of electrical power required for a particular device

power series British & World English

An infinite series of the form Σanxn (where n is a positive integer)

power-sharing British & World English

A policy agreed between political parties or within a coalition to share responsibility for decision-making and political action

power shovel British & World English

A mechanical excavator

power shower British & World English

A shower using an electric pump to produce a high-pressure spray

power station British & World English

An installation where electrical power is generated for distribution

power stroke British & World English

The stage of the cycle of an internal-combustion engine in which the piston is driven outward by the expansion of gases


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