英 ['paʊə] 美 ['paʊɚ]
  • n. 功率;力量;能力;政权;势力;[数] 幂
  • vt. 激励;供以动力;使…有力量
  • vi. 快速前进
  • adj. 借影响有权势人物以操纵权力的
  • n. (Power)人名;(英、葡)鲍尔
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power 权力,实力,力量,能量,乘方,幂


power: [13] Old Latin *potēre was the precursor of Latin posse ‘be able or powerful’ (source of English posse and possible). Its present participial stem potent- has given English potent. It seems to have remained current in colloquial speech, and by the 8th century AD was reasserting itself as the main form of the verb. It passed into Old French as poeir, later povoir (whence modern French pouvoir), and this came to be used as a noun, meaning ‘ability to do things’. Its Anglo-Norman version poer passed into English, where it became power.
=> posse, possible, potent
power (n.)
c. 1300, "ability; ability to act or do; strength, vigor, might," especially in battle; "efficacy; control, mastery, lordship, dominion; legal power or authority; authorization; military force, an army," from Anglo-French pouair, Old French povoir, noun use of the infinitive, "to be able," earlier podir (9c.), from Vulgar Latin *potere, from Latin potis "powerful" (see potent).
Whatever some hypocritical ministers of government may say about it, power is the greatest of all pleasures. It seems to me that only love can beat it, and love is a happy illness that can't be picked up as easily as a Ministry. [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822]
Meaning "one who has power" is late 14c. Meaning "specific ability or capacity" is from early 15c. Meaning "a state or nation with regard to international authority or influence" [OED] is from 1726. Used for "a large number of" from 1660s. Meaning "energy available for work is from 1727. Sense of "electrical supply" is from 1896.

Phrase the powers that be is from Rom. xiii:1. As a statement wishing good luck, more power to (someone) is recorded from 1842. A power play in ice hockey so called by 1940. Power failure is from 1911; power steering from 1921.
power (v.)
"to supply with power," 1898, from power (n.). Earlier it meant "make powerful" (1530s). Related: Powered; powering.
1. Generosity is its own form of power.


2. The military regime in power was unpopular and repressive.


3. Many of the leaders have become hooked on power and money.


4. Army officers plotted a failed attempt yesterday to seize power.


5. The money to build the power station ought to have been sufficient.


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