noun ·same·as poor, the fish.
2. power ·noun a military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.
3. power ·noun a large quantity; a great number; as, a power o/ good things.
4. power ·noun a machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power.
5. power ·noun hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power.
6. power ·noun a mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, ·etc.
7. power ·noun an authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment.
8. power ·noun applied force; force producing motion or pressure; as, the power applied at one and of a lever to lift a weight at the other end.
9. power ·noun capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility;
called also passive power; as, great power of endurance.
10. power ·noun the exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
xvi. 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.
xvii. 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.