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noun /ˈpauə/
(an) ability pouvoir, faculté A witch has magic power A cat has the power of seeing in the dark He no longer has the power to walk.
strength, force or energy puissance muscle power water power (also adjective) a power tool (=a tool operated by electricity etc. not by hand).
authority or control pouvoir political groups fighting for power How much power does the Queen have? I have him in my power at last
a right belonging to eg a person in authority pouvoir The police have the power of arrest.
a person with great authority or influence personne influente He is quite a power in the town.
a strong and influential country puissance the Western powers.
the result obtained by multiplying a number by itself a given number of times puissance 2  2  2 or 23 is the third power of 2, or 2 to the power of 3.
powered adjective
supplied with mechanical power actionné (mécaniquement, électriquement…) The machine is powered by electricity an electrically-powered machine.
powerful adjective
having great strength, influence etc puissant a powerful engine He’s powerful in local politics.
powerfully adverb
powerfulness noun
powerless adjective
having no power impuissant The king was powerless to prevent the execution.
powerlessness noun
power cut/failure
a break in the electricity supply panne de courant We had a power cut last night.
power-driven adjective
worked by electricity or other mechanical means, not by hand à moteur power-driven machinery.
power point
a socket on a wall etc into which an electric plug can be fitted. prise de courant
power station
a building where electricity is produced centrale électrique a nuclear power station.
be in power
(of a political party) to be the governing party être au pouvoir The National Party is currently in power.
(Definition of power from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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