Meaning of POWER in English

POWER

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a party comes to power (= begins to be the government )

The ruling party came to power in May 2001.

a party is in power

From 1945 until 1951 the Labour Party was in power in Britain.

a position of power/authority

Many used their positions of power for personal advantage.

a power cable (= an electric cable )

a power cable carrying 11,000 volts

a power nap (= a short sleep at work, that gives you more energy and concentration )

Try taking a power nap before the meeting.

a power source (= something that produces power )

First, you need to turn off the power source.

a power vacuum

The leader's sudden death created a power vacuum.

a regime comes to power

He criticised European leaders for supporting a regime that came to power through violence.

abuse of power

government officials’ abuse of power

accession to power/to the throne (= the act of becoming king, queen, president etc )

assumed power

He assumed power in a bloody coup in 1990.

balance of power

The election of so many Republicans to Congress has changed the balance of power in Washington.

battery power

You can plug your laptop in or use it on battery power.

battery powered/operated

A lot of children's toys are battery operated.

be powered by electricity

In an emergency, the hospital can be powered by electricity from a generator.

beyond...powers of endurance

She was pushed beyond her powers of endurance .

borrowing powers

bring sb to power (= make someone have power over a country )

The revolution brought to power a communist government.

coal-fired/gas-fired power station

colonial power

Britain was the largest colonial power .

corporate power

the growth of corporate power

destructive power

the destructive power of modern weapons

discretionary powers

the court’s discretionary powers

drawing power

electric current/power/charge (= a flow of electricity )

emergency powers (= special powers that are given to the government, police, or army because there is a very serious situation )

The army was given emergency powers to help tackle the rising violence.

executive powers

a commission with executive powers

exert power

He exerts considerable power within the family.

flower power

gain power

Many women wanted to gain power in a male-dominated world.

girl power

handover of power

a smooth handover of power

holds the balance of power (= is able to make either side more powerful than the other by supporting them )

A small centre party holds the balance of power in the Assembly.

legislative power

The new assemblies will have no legislative power .

lust for power

Hitler’s lust for power

monopoly of power

They are demanding an end to the Communist Party’s monopoly of power .

muscle strength/power

This exercise will help increase muscle strength.

pester power

political power

The poor have little political power.

power base

the party’s traditional power base

power broker

power cut

power dressing

power drill

power failure

power line

overhead power lines

power of attorney

power outage

power pack

power plant

power point

power politics (= attempting to get power by using or threatening to use force )

The party argued that power politics would always lead to war.

power politics

power station

Chernobyl nuclear power station

power steering

Most new cars now have power steering.

power structure (= the way in which the group of people who control a country or organization are organized )

He was a critic of the country’s power structure.

power structure

There have been significant changes in the power structure of the company.

power struggle

a power struggle between forces favoring and opposing change

power tool

powers of persuasion (= skill at persuading people )

She used all her powers of persuasion to convince Tilly that it was the right thing to do.

psychic powers

a spiritual healer with psychic powers

pulling power

Madonna’s pulling power filled the Arena for 10 nights.

purchasing power

increases in purchasing power

regain power

The central issue facing the Labour Party is how to regain power.

sb’s powers of concentration (= sb’s ability to concentrate hard )

Great athletes are known for their powers of concentration.

sb’s powers of expression formal (= the ability to say or write what you feel )

I tried to put my feelings down on paper, but my powers of expression failed me.

sb’s powers of observation (= someone’s abilty to watch things in a way that helps them learn and understand more )

In the past, people used their own powers of observation to forecast the weather.

sb’s rise to power

They were alarmed by Hitler’s rise to power.

sea power

seize power/control (of sth)

The rebels have seized power.

sovereign power/control

staying power

a team with staying power

superhuman power/strength/effort etc

It will require a superhuman effort to get the job done on time.

superior strength/power

He used his superior strength to wrestle Ben to the ground.

sweep to power/victory

Nixon and Agnew swept to victory with 47 million votes.

take control/charge/power

The communists took power in 1948.

Youngsters need to take control of their own lives.

the balance of power

the European balance of power

the power switch

They have reverted to placing the mains power switch at the back of the unit.

underestimate the importance/extent/effect/power etc of sth

Never underestimate the power of the press.

water power

wave energy/power (= electricity from the movement of waves )

Wave power involves using the movement of the seas to generate electricity.

world power

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

colonial

Outside of Colombo, the capital, the main representatives of colonial power were the government agents and assistant government agents.

In some instances reforms in Sri Lanka even preceded those of the colonial power .

There was some variation in this regard as different colonial powers pursued different expansionist policies.

discretionary

They have discretionary power to support students in further or higher education, including those who study part time.

In line with the services provided by other governmental agencies much local government activity occurs through the medium of discretionary powers .

How is the force organized and how extensive is its discretionary power ?

Nothing was done to arrest this by the local council, which had discretionary powers to do so.

He accepted that the court did, under section 82, have the wide discretionary power of rectification contended for.

Everything is scripted for you; there is no room to use your mind or exercise discretionary power .

This discretionary use of power was the foundation of equity.

The discretionary power that de Gaulle gave his prime ministers varied over the course of his presidency.

economic

However this largely-quantitative work seeks to understand relationships predominantly in terms of economic power , thereby ignoring the importance of emotional bonds.

To what extent this promotes economic power would be hard to estimate, but the two are certainly not unrelated.

Power and the superstructure From a Marxist perspective political power derives from economic power.

Although he wielded enormous economic power , Park never became a rich man and was not personally corrupt.

They sought legitimacy and a political outlet to match their enormous economic power .

But it was a great economic power .

This point was developed by Miliband in his distinction between economic power and state power.

They stubbornly demanded and eventually took their part of political and economic power in the nation they had helped win.

electric

Many of the mergers were designed to set up monopolies to raise prices in industries such as steel, electric power and railways.

Special noise absorption materials are even mixed with road asphalt and coat electric power lines here.

Living close to overhead electric power lines causes health hazards.

Fires by the hundreds, ignited by overturned stoves and furnaces and downed electric power lines, sprang up in the ruins.

Loans made during the 1950s were mainly for the development of infrastructure, such as transport and electric power schemes.

S.-manufactured fuel cells for electric power use.

If the electric power could be cut, industry everywhere would be brought to a standstill.

In the auto shop, students are retrofitting trucks from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to run on electric power .

executive

This arrangement proved unsatisfactory because there was no corresponding transfer of executive power .

The Constitution confers on the President the whole executive power .

Elections to district assemblies with executive powers were held in December 1988 and January and February 1989.

Are government institutions strong enough to withstand a strengthened executive power ?

During these periods Patterson exercised executive power , raising speculation that he might succeed Manley should he retire on health grounds.

The concentration of executive powers was a leading source of criticism heard by the delegation.

New distinctions were established between executive and judicial power , and between civil and criminal law.

Second, executive power will have grown at the expense of parliamentary power.

great

I could not help her directly but only invoke the greatest power we eagles have.

It displays the extraordinary virtuosity which this scheme encourages, but has at the same time great sculptural power .

Most cultures have ascribed great power to ancestors or other long-dead figures.

So he determined to get the better of him not by means of his own great power but by means of a trick.

We note who has greater power based on a combination of knowledge, personality, and others support.

Once Bismarck had gone, there was a great fragmentation of power and responsibility.

Power was fragmented and diffuse among them, and they did not have great power over the rest of the organization.

legislative

It has no substantial legislative powers and is as much a debating chamber as anything.

The Executive, except for recommendation and veto, has no legislative power .

If the Bundestag is unable to convene, legislative power goes to a joint committee of the Bundestag and Bundesrat.

A change of executive and legislative power was demanded.

This hits at the established doctrine that the courts recognise no legal limits to Parliament's legislative power .

Strictly speaking, there is no acceptable delegation of legislative power ....

In the present case, however, a pure delegation of legislative power is precisely what we have before us.

nuclear

That is for all nuclear powers to stand down from nuclear operations.

He would wear old woolen jackets and patched pants and let his hair grow and protest nuclear power .

He had led the team that developed the Soviet Union's atomic bomb and had begun seeking peaceful applications of nuclear power .

It could be heated by solar or nuclear power .

Some would argue that while nuclear power reactors exist, then a repetition is inevitable.

The original impetus for nuclear power , of course, was military.

Currently trends are also tending to make each nuclear power station a centre of support and development of the regional economy.

As a mathematician, Bertrand Russell pointed out that while there were two nuclear powers , only those two powers could quarrel.

political

Politics or political behaviour is power in action.

This was done by widening the participation in the exercise of political power .

Nobody now supposes that political processes begin and end with elections, or that elected governments have a monopoly of political power .

For a few years after the Civil War, at least, black Texans had a taste of political power .

Part of the answer lies in the press's eternal fascination with those who wield political power .

They stubbornly demanded and eventually took their part of political and economic power in the nation they had helped win.

However, in the late eighteenth century the monarch still wielded considerable political power , appointing and dismissing governments according to choice.

Chapter 10 details three major explanations for how political power is distributed and how political decisions are made.

real

However, for real power , personal attendance at court was essential.

But remodelling the local administration had little effect; real power remained in the hands of the leading citizens of Mondovi.

With real power in the world.

A randomly selected redistricting committee would leave the real power , again, with unelected staff.

We have the real power - the power of the purse.

Although Manelux is larger, in financial terms, there appears to be no real imbalance in power .

Legislatures are ineffectual, and real power is concentrated in the executive branch of government.

Women who sleep with the boss to get promotion never reach positions of real power .

solar

But the idea of full-blown solar power stations is unrealistic in the foreseeable future.

The belt provides vast material resources, vast amounts of solar power , and vast elbow room.

Publications for teachers and pupils on wind and solar power are available.

Thus, it is solar power that provides the energy to heat the exhaust.

Other renewable options - biomass and solar power - are also being explored.

It could be heated by solar or nuclear power .

Many congressmen are keen to revive research into renewable energy sources like solar and wind power .

Yet these represent a relatively tiny portion of the uses for solar power .

■ NOUN

base

Seniority provides committee chairmen with an independent power base and helps to insulate them from control by party leaders and presidents.

Hence, power bases are pivotal in the power equation.

Politicians who have their power base in these areas, including several presidential candidates, are also implicated.

Both groups had d power base of expertise.

Less reliance on power bases is found in managers who have the tactical and interpersonal skills to concentrate on the essential objectives.

Political power bases are initially fluid and unstable.

All these power bases depend on perceptions.

Next, department power bases should be considered.

monopoly

The removal of tariffs can reduce monopoly power within the home country by increasing the possible sources of supply.

When this measure is larger than one, which happens in the presence of monopoly power , average revenue declines with output.

The rising concentration of industry and the possible adverse effects on monopoly power are viewed as the factors of paramount importance.

Also, when profits are driven down to zero, the degree of monopoly power equals the degree of economies of scale.

This excess of price over both marginal revenue and marginal cost is a convenient measure of the firm's monopoly power .

These monopoly power functions are constants when preferences are of the S-D-S type.

How should we measure the social cost of monopoly power and inefficient resource allocation?

The railroads were regulated to prevent the owners from using their monopoly power to reduce the incomes of their middle-class customers.

plant

In 1995 Moscow signed a $ 800m agreement to build a nuclear power plant in Bushehr.

The concern arises when a nuclear power plant is refueled.

One is to construct extra high-voltage transmission lines to transmit electricity generated at mine-mouth power plants to distant load centres.

He squinted toward the power plant .

Such a process is now under way in the international power plant equipment industry.

You have helped rebuild power plants on their territories.

The cloud formed just north of the Soviet Kola Peninsula, where there are four nuclear power plants .

The power plants have shut down.

station

Nearly all the power stations have worked out much more expensive to build than was estimated.

The power station plans to invest about $ 150 million over the next few years to replace generating units.

This must surely mean that acid rain was natural and the acidification of lochs had nothing to do with power stations .

Many operators are now building power stations outside the areas that object to them, and importing the power.

Harmful quantities of radiation are also released both before and after the uranium fuel enters the power station .

Nuclear power stations are notoriously unreliable and construction costs go way over original estimates.

Our power stations are notoriously inefficient.

During the 1970s, with two power stations in relatively peaceful operation, the Board consolidated its position on the Somerset coast.

structure

This work centres on a examination of how crime is related to the power structure of society.

Jeffries' subject was the systematic effort by the white power structure to keep black people down.

The 1988 Act has made fundamental alterations to the power structure of the education system laid down in 1944.

In essence, the power structure at Mega transforms itself.

But existing power structures , not the new technology, will determine the boundaries of the new sources of power.

Until then there was no such thing as an economic sector independent of the power structure .

The point is self-subversion, overthrowing the power structure in your own head.

He's established a power structure inside the Washington power structure.

struggle

The covert reasons why the scheme drew widespread support from Cardiff solicitors was that it was part of an internal power struggle .

A power struggle develops, as the toddler digs in his heels even further the more his father takes over.

The patron can call on his clients for active support, a facet which is important in local power struggles .

The elaborate public displays of those royal families had always camouflaged the most ruthless power struggles .

The events and power struggles which engulf them result in kidnapping, jealousy and romance!

Jobs co-founded Apple but left the Cupertino computer maker in a power struggle in 1984.

The most memorable thing about the complex power struggle that had this result was the fate of the losers.

Resentments, rivalry, rebuffs and power struggles appear to have knocked the stuffing out of you and undermined your confidence.

supply

I have serious reservations about the power supply being installed inside the box, it really isn't safe enough.

So far we have concentrated on the use of helium-3 as a power supply for planet-bound civilization.

Turn off the pump's power supply first.

Unlike other memory chips, flash does not lose the stored contents when the computer is disconnected from a power supply .

AccuCard and its ilk sit between the power supply and the motherboard. so they're too far downstream to help.

Thin-film amorphous-silicon solar cells may be manufactured to expand the electrical power supply to the base.

The power supply will also fit inside the case but has to be removed from its casing before you can install it.

Such a piece of plutonium can maintain high temperatures without any external power supply , controls, or monitoring for many years.

wind

Not surprisingly wind power is regarded as having considerable potential.

A big unknown is the fate of federal support for wind power .

Many congressmen are keen to revive research into renewable energy sources like solar and wind power .

The market could grow much bigger if countries further subsidize wind power to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The government hopes that wind power will meet around a tenth of total electricity demand by the year 2000.

Both the photovoltaic and wind power systems for domestic hot-water provision would be even more effective if linked to a heat pump.

Steady base-load electricity sources will always be needed, and solar and wind power can only act as useful supplements.

Some estimates suggest that wind power could save 5-10 percent of the fossil fuel used by the Electric Corporation.

■ VERB

assume

Mills rejects pluralist accounts because they mistakenly assume that power is only located in the political system.

She spied on him and watched closely over the friendships he formed, in order to prevent him from assuming power .

With the agreement of the two parties, Prince Norodom Sihanouk assumed power as head of state.

In the public sphere, women must assume sufficient power to change the cultural imagery and the political landscape.

But massive public protests enabled Mossadeq to return and to assume greater powers and authority than ever.

Some assumed that was a power play on your part.

Police and military leaders have insisted they are not interested in assuming power .

In the two months before he assumes power , Clinton must familiarise himself with what is really going on in Northern Ireland.

exercise

It exercised no power over its cloak of fog, it gives no direction.

Here and now I need to experience the consequences of my actions, and to exercise the power of daily existence.

Under the Marcos dictatorship, the army was allowed to exercise vast powers .

Later, antitrust laws were introduced to stop other types of monopolists from exercising their mar-ket power .

In both houses, the reformers claimed, committee chairmen exercised disproportionate power .

Adult education specialists, in any case, do not exercise much power in this nation.

The scarcer the commodity - eg accountancy - the more the applicant will exercise his power of selection.

gain

This helped them to gain height and get power when heading the ball.

Perhaps it would be best to defeat the Foundation and gain the power Wienis spoke of.

On the other hand, what they gain in power they lose in speed and mobility.

Tobaccocontrol advocates agree, saying their lack of vigilance in decades past had allowed the Tobacco Institute to gain power and influence.

Bandaranaike used Sinhalese chauvinism to gain power , but found he could not control it.

For decades, politicians have been trying to gain power in Washington by separating themselves from Washington.

It can be an attempt to gain wealth, power , prestige or praise.

Quite suddenly, they had gained the power to confer respectability.

give

The Community can only act where member states have given it the power to do so in the treaties.

I had been given the power to obliterate, to steal a body from its grave and tear it to pieces.

Who will give you the power to choose - to say for yourself what you want?

The legislation also would give judges the power to increase sentences for juveniles, boosting the maximum detention period to 10 years.

In organisations people are only given sufficient power to carry out their responsibilities effectively.

We will introduce new legislation giving stronger powers to deal with cartels.

It could all have been a pack of lies that Uncle Max cooked up because it gave him such power over Tawno.

He responded with policies that restricted the franchise and gave the governor power to manipulate the composition of the lower legislative house.

hold

On past records, most waverers go for the challenger rather than the one who holds power .

His essential point, that those who hold information hold power , is absolutely correct.

Shamanism is based on the premise that neither 227 human beings nor nature itself hold the ultimate power in the universe.

So, does it matter what the charge is called and who holds power at Westminster?

Trying to change organizations often strikes deeply at the psyches and identities of those managers who hold or want more power .

Since 1969 the centrist Free Democrats have held the balance of power in the Bundestag.

The bear seemed to hold him in the power of its evil gaze and in the musky odor of bear.

lose

Becky had long ago lost the power to shock them.

Puget Sound Energy said 200,000 customers in western Washington lost service, but power was expected to be restored by nightfall.

Local authorities have lost important development-control powers and have had to release land to UDCs at extremely low prices.

And in this sense, the great capitalist wave seems to have lost little of its power .

A rune weapon will lose its powers for this time, and other rune-based magic items will be similarly affected.

How did the problematic modern assumptions eventually lose their power to convince after several hundred years of dominance?

Many birds lose the power of flight - for there are no large predators to make it worthwhile.

In the end national governments lose much of their power .

seize

Having seized political power , the new ruling class presides over the transformation of the social structure.

He ruled Over the other Titans until his son Zeus dethroned him and seized the power for him-self.

Siban's son was a prisoner under sentence of death for his conspiracy to seize power .

When they then found out about their own significance in procreation they seized power entirely.

René seized power in a military coup in June 1977.

A Tutsi-led rebel group seized power in July 1994 and halted the slaughter soon afterward.

Military officers have tried to seize power six times since Mrs Aquino became President three years ago.

It means that women should seize communication power for their own emancipation and the liberation of all oppressed groups.

share

Sometimes a party will win a period of office outright; more commonly perhaps two or more parties will share power .

He would not share power because it is difficult to share.

We also learn that the women here shared equal power with the men.

A central issue is whether two independent executives can share power effectively.

Elsewhere socialist parties have had to compete in multiparty and proportional electoral systems and usually share power in government.

The men in my corporation would they ever permit me to share real power ?

Some civilians are upset at the prospect of sharing power with the armed forces, even in an advisory capacity.

This sharing of power through incorporating students into the administration of an undergraduate program is highly unusual in academic settings.

stay

One thing is certain: Moscow will have a say as to whether the burdensome Lukashenko stays in power .

This Laser team actually looks as if it has some staying power .

Mrs Thatcher would win the election and she would probably stay in power for ever.

Whatever it would take to satisfy those needs will have more staying power within the organization than your job does. 4.

Most important, the party knows it must improve the country's living standards if it is to stay in power .

In track, only world record-holder Wang Junxia has had staying power since smashing world records in 1993. 16.

Alternatively, of course, a Conservative Government may stay in power , with, or without, the same Prime Minister.

One of the criteria for inclusion is staying power .

use

People who care about the environment should use their power as citizens to bring the corporations and politicians to account.

I now feel that people who have power should use that power to help others.

Aphrodite using her power chiefly to ensnare and betray.

Donors now have economic control; they will always be tempted to use the power that this control brings.

Those groups, in turn, used violence and state power to protect their position.

And yet advocacy often feels like the only effective thing I can do. Use my so-called power to effect change.

The railroads were regulated to prevent the owners from using their monopoly power to reduce the incomes of their middle-class customers.

wield

But in doing this they do not wield a power which is independent of the class struggle.

They are permitted to wield as much power as their parents, or more.

Thus high office remains accessible to a relatively wide range of royal kin and commoners wield significant power over the succession.

Though the central banks wield enormous power , we should not overstate their ability to shape the economy in the long run.

Now a generation of southern Republicans, brought up resenting the interfering ways of the federal government, is wielding disproportionate power .

Moreover, the actual spending will be tilted toward groups that wield the most political power .

In the dream, the baby wields incredible power .

The question is how the sheik plans to wield that power , and to what end.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

bargaining position/power

By tilting bargaining power towards labour, it encouraged big pay claims.

In a competitive market the bargaining power of the owner of a particular commodity is limited.

Naturally this bargaining power was not constant.

Such a state of affairs provides the seller with a unique opportunity to exploit the relatively weak bargaining position of the investor.

The United States seemed to be withholding its signature to achieve increased bargaining power.

Western bargaining power had been eliminated.

With the conference at last on the calendar, the various countries began preparatory activities to enhance their bargaining positions.

Yet the desire for protection and security and some measure of equality in bargaining power would not down.

be at the height of your success/fame/powers etc

By the 1860's, when he was at the height of his fame, tragedy struck as he took increasingly to drink.

However, in 1985 he was at the height of his fame as a novelist.

Outwardly, the Cowboys appear to be at the height of their powers.

break sb's power

corridors of power

Military strategists plotted war scenarios in their air-conditioned corridors of power.

Equally, who is fighting our case in the corridors of power?

Her path led from the humblest corner of Houston to the corridors of power.

His laziness became a legend in the corridors of power.

If a Spencer never quite reached the commanding heights, they certainly walked confidently along the corridors of power.

It happens out on the streets, behind closed doors, in corridors of power, in the seat of government.

Parke doesn't deny it, noting a shift from protesting outside bases towards well-mannered lobbying in the corridors of power.

The sound of resolutely clicking heels in the corridors of power have been silenced.

This gave her the entrée into many whispering galleries of politics and the drawing-rooms if not the corridors of power.

power-hungry/news-hungry etc

power-mad/money-mad/sex-mad etc

raise 2/4/10 etc to the power of 2/3/4 etc

reassert your authority/power/control

For the next year the Republican government was obliged to struggle to reassert its authority.

Governments will reassert their control over corporations when people reassert their control over governments.

Historians are divided into two viewpoints about the Tsars ability to reassert his power and avoid revolution.They are the optimists and pessimists.

Louis the Pious, taking Charles with him, moved quickly to reassert his control.

The battered Premier was today desperately trying to reassert his authority after Mr Lamont's devastating attack.

restore sb to power/the throne

seat of government/power

Ancient Rome was the seat of power, magnificence and corruption, the obvious object of love, envy, hatred.

Blacks are now in, or close to, the seats of power.

But a number of individuals, often close to the seat of government, became very rich.

But now, as White House incumbent presiding over the seat of government, he is the ultimate political insider.

Capital: Amsterdam; seat of government: The Hague.

It happens out on the streets, behind closed doors, in corridors of power, in the seat of government.

Originally this symbolic seat of power contained holy relics.

Several years of proximity to the throne had given the Jesuits access to the seat of power.

transfer of power

the smooth transfer of power in Hong Kong

Among his many far-reaching reforms, Gorbachev effected a transfer of power from Communist Party to executive presidency.

Certainly a confused transition is to be expected, since the country has no real mechanisms for a transfer of power.

Differences rapidly emerged, with Sigua and Iosseliani disagreeing over the time-scale for the transfer of power to a civilian government.

It is obvious that this transfer of power will have a real effect on teachers in schools.

The transfer of power from Ortega to Chamorro was an inspiring moment.

The series of grants which implemented this transfer of power began on 15 May.

Within the inner chambers of the House, the transfer of power has already begun.

transfer power/responsibility/control (to sb)

In order to transfer control to a new sequence of instructions, a new value must be deposited in the program counter.

Managers are frequently willing to transfer responsibility for performing certain tasks, particularly under supervision.

Pairs of jump instructions were provided to transfer control to the left- or right-hand instruction of a specified store location.

The innovation of transferring responsibility to an indigenous anti-Communist corps had been started too late.

They also achieve another prime objective of Conservative Governments, which is to transfer power from the state to the people.

Yet he is ahead of many heavily funded university labs in attempting to transfer control from humans to machines.

vote sb into/out of power/office/parliament etc

Four of the five who voted him out of office either refused to discuss the removal or did not return phone calls.

wield power/influence/authority etc

A close adviser of the dead King, he now wields power because of that King's death.

But more characteristic was the visible manipulation of supernatural power by men and women who wielded authority.

Conservatism went into relative eclipse. while Labour under Clement Attlee was able to wield influence in the coalition government.

Curtiss draws a picture of a sensual, self-serving middle-aged woman who wields power as well as influence.

In allowing authority figures to wield power over us indiscriminately, we surrender our rights to choose to take responsibility.

Others were content to wield power in the party machines rather than in the public eye.

They weren't out to impress or wield power.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a power source

A power struggle developed between the president and the generals.

A dynamometer is used to measure muscle power .

China has threatened to use its veto power in the Security Council.

Do you think the police have too much power ?

Doctors cannot explain why some people lack the power to fight off the disease.

France was the only European power not to sign the treaty.

Germany's strong industrial base has helped maintain its status as a major world power .

He was motivated by greed, envy, and the lust for power .

Iran is a major power in the Persian Gulf region.

It sounds like you've got a lot of power at work.

Mike had tremendous power in his forearms.

Only Parliament has the power to make new laws.

She claims to have psychic powers.

She liked the feeling of power that gang membership gave her.

She was so surprised that for a few seconds she lost the power of speech.

The big Hollywood studios have a lot of power over what kind of films get made.

the enormous economic power of the United States

The ostrich is a bird that no longer has the power of flight.

The western powers hardly knew how to react to this threat.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And kings, in particular, have both the incentive and the power to achieve their wishes.

But women earn only about three-fourths of the incomes earned by men, who still dominate the boardrooms and political power centers.

Displaced from power , he had to toil in a humble farmhouse outside Florence.

Not withstanding this limitation, the powers contained in the section do not restrict any other express or implied rights of action.

Of much greater practical significance, and by no means obsolete, is the power to punish for contempt.

There are various power conservancy options like three levels of screen brightness, and variable times for screen and disk power-down.

This was done by widening the participation in the exercise of political power .

Yet there was an opening for Rice if he carefully adapted his power strategies to the political situation.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

forward

She surfaced beneath the canopy, dived again and powered forward until she could see clear water above.

up

Jazz was still powering up and down, deaf to Nails's pleas.

Save this task until the system unit is re-assembled and powered up .

I powered up gradually, settling into an easy, long-paced stride that got my lungs working properly and readied my legs.

A fourth slider takes care of volume and a status light shows when the circuit is powered up .

His code was no problem; hadn't she seen it enough times anyway when he powered up the network?

We also hired a speedboat in Ipsos and powered up the coast for a beautiful view.

■ NOUN

battery

It fitted into a briefcase, and being battery powered was more deserving of the term portable.

While submerged, batteries power an electric motor that drives the propeller.

The heavier the motors, the bigger the batteries needed to power it.

car

Noise levels are exceptionally low for engines that are, after all, fairly small for powering such cars .

Each unit will have two powered driving cars equipped with three-phase motors and a centre trailer.

engine

Making the engine that powered Williams to the Formula 1 constructors' championship can't be bad for business, either.

Mr Kamen is also known to have done research into a novel kind of engine that might power such a device.

First one engine powered inflatable was heard to leave the shore in the direction of Guiding Lights.

mill

Both have powered mills , but the Carrant Brook was much more heavily utilised.

Further upstream towards Brockworth, the brook also powered a corn mill , but of Brockworth Mill there is now little trace.

This formerly powered a number of mills , involved in some way with the cloth trade.

This powered a mill at Ruspidge near Cinderford.

The Blackpool Brook also powered the old mill at Nibley.

motor

The supply also had to power some huge electric motors , and some of these were constantly switching in and out.

While submerged, batteries power an electric motor that drives the propeller.

Both the projector and the turntable were powered by the same motor to ensure they ran at the same speed.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

bargaining position/power

By tilting bargaining power towards labour, it encouraged big pay claims.

In a competitive market the bargaining power of the owner of a particular commodity is limited.

Naturally this bargaining power was not constant.

Such a state of affairs provides the seller with a unique opportunity to exploit the relatively weak bargaining position of the investor.

The United States seemed to be withholding its signature to achieve increased bargaining power.

Western bargaining power had been eliminated.

With the conference at last on the calendar, the various countries began preparatory activities to enhance their bargaining positions.

Yet the desire for protection and security and some measure of equality in bargaining power would not down.

be at the height of your success/fame/powers etc

By the 1860's, when he was at the height of his fame, tragedy struck as he took increasingly to drink.

However, in 1985 he was at the height of his fame as a novelist.

Outwardly, the Cowboys appear to be at the height of their powers.

corridors of power

Military strategists plotted war scenarios in their air-conditioned corridors of power.

Equally, who is fighting our case in the corridors of power?

Her path led from the humblest corner of Houston to the corridors of power.

His laziness became a legend in the corridors of power.

If a Spencer never quite reached the commanding heights, they certainly walked confidently along the corridors of power.

It happens out on the streets, behind closed doors, in corridors of power, in the seat of government.

Parke doesn't deny it, noting a shift from protesting outside bases towards well-mannered lobbying in the corridors of power.

The sound of resolutely clicking heels in the corridors of power have been silenced.

This gave her the entrée into many whispering galleries of politics and the drawing-rooms if not the corridors of power.

power-hungry/news-hungry etc

power-mad/money-mad/sex-mad etc

seat of government/power

Ancient Rome was the seat of power, magnificence and corruption, the obvious object of love, envy, hatred.

Blacks are now in, or close to, the seats of power.

But a number of individuals, often close to the seat of government, became very rich.

But now, as White House incumbent presiding over the seat of government, he is the ultimate political insider.

Capital: Amsterdam; seat of government: The Hague.

It happens out on the streets, behind closed doors, in corridors of power, in the seat of government.

Originally this symbolic seat of power contained holy relics.

Several years of proximity to the throne had given the Jesuits access to the seat of power.

transfer of power

the smooth transfer of power in Hong Kong

Among his many far-reaching reforms, Gorbachev effected a transfer of power from Communist Party to executive presidency.

Certainly a confused transition is to be expected, since the country has no real mechanisms for a transfer of power.

Differences rapidly emerged, with Sigua and Iosseliani disagreeing over the time-scale for the transfer of power to a civilian government.

It is obvious that this transfer of power will have a real effect on teachers in schools.

The transfer of power from Ortega to Chamorro was an inspiring moment.

The series of grants which implemented this transfer of power began on 15 May.

Within the inner chambers of the House, the transfer of power has already begun.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Most chain saws are powered by two-cycle gasoline engines.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Undergravel filtration is powered by two Aquaclear 402 powerheads.

Yet breaking the endless cycle of global poverty that powers these wars is achievable, Mr Annan says.

III. adjective

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

bargaining position/power

By tilting bargaining power towards labour, it encouraged big pay claims.

In a competitive market the bargaining power of the owner of a particular commodity is limited.

Naturally this bargaining power was not constant.

Such a state of affairs provides the seller with a unique opportunity to exploit the relatively weak bargaining position of the investor.

The United States seemed to be withholding its signature to achieve increased bargaining power.

Western bargaining power had been eliminated.

With the conference at last on the calendar, the various countries began preparatory activities to enhance their bargaining positions.

Yet the desire for protection and security and some measure of equality in bargaining power would not down.

be at the height of your success/fame/powers etc

By the 1860's, when he was at the height of his fame, tragedy struck as he took increasingly to drink.

However, in 1985 he was at the height of his fame as a novelist.

Outwardly, the Cowboys appear to be at the height of their powers.

break sb's power

corridors of power

Military strategists plotted war scenarios in their air-conditioned corridors of power.

Equally, who is fighting our case in the corridors of power?

Her path led from the humblest corner of Houston to the corridors of power.

His laziness became a legend in the corridors of power.

If a Spencer never quite reached the commanding heights, they certainly walked confidently along the corridors of power.

It happens out on the streets, behind closed doors, in corridors of power, in the seat of government.

Parke doesn't deny it, noting a shift from protesting outside bases towards well-mannered lobbying in the corridors of power.

The sound of resolutely clicking heels in the corridors of power have been silenced.

This gave her the entrée into many whispering galleries of politics and the drawing-rooms if not the corridors of power.

raise 2/4/10 etc to the power of 2/3/4 etc

reassert your authority/power/control

For the next year the Republican government was obliged to struggle to reassert its authority.

Governments will reassert their control over corporations when people reassert their control over governments.

Historians are divided into two viewpoints about the Tsars ability to reassert his power and avoid revolution.They are the optimists and pessimists.

Louis the Pious, taking Charles with him, moved quickly to reassert his control.

The battered Premier was today desperately trying to reassert his authority after Mr Lamont's devastating attack.

restore sb to power/the throne

seat of government/power

Ancient Rome was the seat of power, magnificence and corruption, the obvious object of love, envy, hatred.

Blacks are now in, or close to, the seats of power.

But a number of individuals, often close to the seat of government, became very rich.

But now, as White House incumbent presiding over the seat of government, he is the ultimate political insider.

Capital: Amsterdam; seat of government: The Hague.

It happens out on the streets, behind closed doors, in corridors of power, in the seat of government.

Originally this symbolic seat of power contained holy relics.

Several years of proximity to the throne had given the Jesuits access to the seat of power.

transfer of power

the smooth transfer of power in Hong Kong

Among his many far-reaching reforms, Gorbachev effected a transfer of power from Communist Party to executive presidency.

Certainly a confused transition is to be expected, since the country has no real mechanisms for a transfer of power.

Differences rapidly emerged, with Sigua and Iosseliani disagreeing over the time-scale for the transfer of power to a civilian government.

It is obvious that this transfer of power will have a real effect on teachers in schools.

The transfer of power from Ortega to Chamorro was an inspiring moment.

The series of grants which implemented this transfer of power began on 15 May.

Within the inner chambers of the House, the transfer of power has already begun.

transfer power/responsibility/control (to sb)

In order to transfer control to a new sequence of instructions, a new value must be deposited in the program counter.

Managers are frequently willing to transfer responsibility for performing certain tasks, particularly under supervision.

Pairs of jump instructions were provided to transfer control to the left- or right-hand instruction of a specified store location.

The innovation of transferring responsibility to an indigenous anti-Communist corps had been started too late.

They also achieve another prime objective of Conservative Governments, which is to transfer power from the state to the people.

Yet he is ahead of many heavily funded university labs in attempting to transfer control from humans to machines.

vote sb into/out of power/office/parliament etc

Four of the five who voted him out of office either refused to discuss the removal or did not return phone calls.

wield power/influence/authority etc

A close adviser of the dead King, he now wields power because of that King's death.

But more characteristic was the visible manipulation of supernatural power by men and women who wielded authority.

Conservatism went into relative eclipse. while Labour under Clement Attlee was able to wield influence in the coalition government.

Curtiss draws a picture of a sensual, self-serving middle-aged woman who wields power as well as influence.

In allowing authority figures to wield power over us indiscriminately, we surrender our rights to choose to take responsibility.

Others were content to wield power in the party machines rather than in the public eye.

They weren't out to impress or wield power.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

power steering

Does this car have power windows?

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.