Power vs. Powerlessness - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Power (noun)

    Ability to coerce, influence or control.

  • Power (noun)

    Ability to affect or influence.

  • Power (noun)

    Control or coercion, particularly legal or political (jurisdiction).

  • Power (noun)

    The people in charge of legal or political power, the government.

  • Power (noun)

    Effectiveness.

  • Power (noun)

    An influential nation, company, or other such body.

  • Power (noun)

    Physical force or strength.

    "He needed a lot of power to hit the ball out of the stadium."

  • Power (noun)

    Electricity or a supply of electricity.

    "After the pylons collapsed, this town was without power for a few days."

  • Power (noun)

    A measure of the rate of doing work or transferring energy.

  • Power (noun)

    Any of the elementary forms or parts of machines: three primary (the lever, inclined plane, and pulley) and three secondary (the wheel-and-axle, wedge, and screw).

    "the mechanical powers"

  • Power (noun)

    In Christian angelology, an intermediate level of angels, ranked above archangels, but exact position varies by classification scheme.

  • Power (verb)

    To provide power for (a mechanical or electronic device).

    "This CD player is powered by batteries."

  • Power (verb)

    To hit or kick something forcefully.

  • Power (verb)

    To enable or provide the impetus for.

  • Power (adjective)

    Impressive.

  • Powerlessness (noun)

    The state or character of being powerless; absence or lack of power.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Power (noun)

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

    "his powers of concentration"

    "the power of speech"

    "I will do everything in my power to help you"

  • Power (noun)

    the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events

    "she had me in her power"

    "a political process that offers people power over their own lives"

  • Power (noun)

    political or social authority or control, especially that exercised by a government

    "the party had been in power for eight years"

  • Power (noun)

    authority that is given or delegated to a person or body

    "police do not have the power to stop and search"

  • Power (noun)

    the military strength of a state

    "the sea power of Venice"

  • Power (noun)

    a state or country, especially one viewed in terms of its international influence and military strength

    "a great colonial power"

  • Power (noun)

    a person or organization that is strong or influential within a particular context

    "he was a power in the university"

  • Power (noun)

    a supernatural being, deity, or force

    "the powers of darkness"

  • Power (noun)

    (in traditional Christian angelology) the sixth-highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.

  • Power (noun)

    denoting something associated with people who hold authority and influence, especially in the context of business or politics

    "a red power tie"

  • Power (noun)

    used in the names of movements aiming to enhance the status of a specified group

    "gay power"

  • Power (noun)

    physical strength and force exerted by something or someone

    "the lyrical power of his prose"

    "the power of the storm"

  • Power (noun)

    capacity or performance of an engine or other device

    "a surge of power from the engine"

  • Power (noun)

    denoting a sports player, team, or style of play that makes use of power rather than finesse

    "a power pitcher"

  • Power (noun)

    the magnifying capacity of a lens.

  • Power (noun)

    energy that is produced by mechanical, electrical, or other means and used to operate a device

    "generating power from waste"

    "power cables"

  • Power (noun)

    electrical energy supplied to an area, building, etc.

    "30,000 homes were left without power"

  • Power (noun)

    driven by electrical energy

    "a power drill"

  • Power (noun)

    the rate of doing work, measured in watts or less frequently horse power.

  • Power (noun)

    the product obtained when a number is multiplied by itself a certain number of times

    "2 to the power of 4 equals 16"

  • Power (noun)

    a large number or amount of something

    "there's a power of difference between farming now and when I was a lad"

  • Power (verb)

    supply (a device) with mechanical or electrical energy

    "a nuclear-powered submarine"

    "the car is powered by a fuel-injected 3.0-litre engine"

  • Power (verb)

    switch a device on or off

    "the officer powered up the fighter's radar"

  • Power (verb)

    move or travel with great speed or force

    "he powered round a bend"

  • Power (verb)

    direct (something, especially a ball) with great force

    "Nicholas powered a header into the net"

Webster Dictionary

  • Power (noun)

    Same as Poor, the fish.

  • Power (noun)

    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.

  • Power (noun)

    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.

  • Power (noun)

    Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; - called also passive power; as, great power of endurance.

  • Power (noun)

    The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government.

  • Power (noun)

    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.

  • Power (noun)

    A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.

  • Power (noun)

    A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o good things.

  • Power (noun)

    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.

  • Power (noun)

    A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc.

  • Power (noun)

    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.

  • Power (noun)

    A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power.

  • Power (noun)

    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.

  • Power (noun)

    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.

  • Power (noun)

    An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment.

  • Power (noun)

    Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Power (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"

  • Power (noun)

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

  • Power (noun)

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

    "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"

  • Power (noun)

    a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world

  • 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"

  • Power (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"

  • Power (noun)

    physical strength

  • Power (noun)

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

  • Power (noun)

    a very wealthy or powerful businessman;

    "an oil baron"

  • Power (verb)

    supply the force or power for the functioning of;

    "The gasoline powers the engines"

  • Powerlessness (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"

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