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pow·er·ful

 (pou′ər-fəl)
adj.
1. Having or capable of exerting power.
2. Effective or potent: a powerful drug.
3. Chiefly Upper Southern US Great: "[Everybody had] a powerful lot to say about faith and good works and free grace ... and I don't know what all" (Mark Twain).
adv. Chiefly Upper Southern US
Very: It was powerful humid.

pow′er·ful·ly adv.
pow′er·ful·ness n.
Our Living Language In the Upper Southern United States the words powerful and mighty are intensives used frequently in the same way as very: Your boy's grown powerful big. The new baby is mighty purty. Powerful is used as an adjective in some expressions: The storm did a powerful lot of harm. In the same dialect region the noun power has, in addition to its standard meaning, the sense of "a large number or amount." This sense appears in the Oxford English Dictionary as common in dialectal British English of the 1700s and 1800s: "It has done a power of work" (Charles Dickens). All these derivative senses of power and might take advantage of the notion of strength inherent in these nouns, making them natural intensives.

powerful

(ˈpaʊəfʊl)
adj
1. having great power, force, potency, or effect
2. (Chemistry) extremely effective or efficient in action: a powerful drug; a powerful lens.
3. dialect large or great: a powerful amount of trouble.
adv
dialect extremely; very: he ran powerful fast.
ˈpowerfully adv
ˈpowerfulness n

pow•er•ful

(ˈpaʊ ər fəl)

adj.
1. having or exerting great power or force.
2. physically strong, as a person.
3. potent; efficacious: a powerful drug.
4. having great power, authority, or influence; mighty.
5. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. great in number or amount: a powerful lot of money.
[1350–1400]
pow′er•ful•ly, adv.
pow′er•ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.powerful - having great power or force or potency or effect; "the most powerful government in western Europe"; "his powerful arms"; "a powerful bomb"; "the horse's powerful kick"; "powerful drugs"; "a powerful argument"
effective, effectual, efficacious - producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"
potent, stiff, strong - having a strong physiological or chemical effect; "a potent toxin"; "potent liquor"; "a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"
strong - having strength or power greater than average or expected; "a strong radio signal"; "strong medicine"; "a strong man"
powerless - lacking power
2.powerful - strong enough to knock down or overwhelm; "a knock-down blow"
strong - having strength or power greater than average or expected; "a strong radio signal"; "strong medicine"; "a strong man"
3.powerful - having great influence
influential - having or exercising influence or power; "an influential newspaper"; "influential leadership for peace"
4.powerful - (of a person) possessing physical strength and weightpowerful - (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful; "a hefty athlete"; "a muscular boxer"; "powerful arms"
strong - having strength or power greater than average or expected; "a strong radio signal"; "strong medicine"; "a strong man"
5.powerful - displaying superhuman strength or power; "herculean exertions"
superhuman - above or beyond the human or demanding more than human power or endurance; "superhuman beings"; "superhuman strength"; "soldiers driven mad by superhuman misery"
Adv.1.powerful - (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree; "the baby is mighty cute"; "he's mighty tired"; "it is powerful humid"; "that boy is powerful big now"; "they have a right nice place"; "they rejoiced mightily"
intensifier, intensive - a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies; "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"

powerful

adjective
1. influential, dominant, controlling, commanding, supreme, prevailing, sovereign, authoritative, puissant You're a powerful woman - people will listen to you.
influential weak, ineffectual, powerless, impotent
3. effective, hard, strong a powerful and fast-acting drug
effective weak, ineffective, inefficacious, useless
4. intoxicating, strong, heady tiny flowers with a powerful scent
5. loud, booming, resounding, sonorous, stentorian He had a deep, powerful voice.
loud weak faint, feeble, quiet, soft, low, shaky, languid, unsteady, muffled, small

powerful

adjective
1. Having great physical strength:
2. Conveying great physical force:
3. Having or able to exert great power:
4. Full of or displaying force:
5. Having or exercising influence:
Translations
قَوي، ذو سُلْطَه أو تأثيرقَوِيّ
vlivnývýkonný
magtfuld
voimakas
moćan
öflugur
強力な
강력한
močan
mäktig
ที่มีอิทธิพล
nhiều quyền lực

powerful

[ˈpaʊəfʊl] ADJ
1. (= influential, controlling) [person, government, force, influence] → poderoso
see also all-powerful
2. (= physically strong) [person] → fuerte, fornido; [animal, physique, arms, muscles] → fuerte
3. (= having great force or power) [engine, magnet, computer, explosive] → potente; [kick, explosion, smell] → fuerte; [voice] → potente, fuerte; [swimmer] → resistente
4. (= having a strong effect) [drug] → potente; [emotion] → intenso, profundo; [argument] → poderoso, convincente; [performance, film, novel] → impactante, que deja huella; [speech] → conmovedor
he gave a powerful performancesu actuación fue impactante or de las que deja huella
we have powerful evidence for thistenemos pruebas contundentes de esto
this information is a powerful weapon against the governmentesta información es un arma potente contra el gobierno

powerful

[ˈpaʊərfʊl] adj
(= influential) [person, country, group] → puissant(e)
Hong Kong's powerful business community → la puissante communauté d'affaires de Hong-Kong
(= strong) [person, muscles, body] → puissant(e); [dog, horse] → puissant(e)
She was a very powerful swimmer → C'était une nageuse très puissante.
(= very efficient or effective) [machine, car, drug, detergent] → puissant(e); [blow, kick] → puissant(e)
[scent, smell] → puissant(e)
[voice] → puissant(e)
[argument, evidence] → puissant(e)
[drama, opera, performance] → puissant(e)
[emotions, feeling] → puissant(e)

powerful

adj
(= influential) government, personmächtig, einflussreich
(= strong) boxer, engine, drug, emotions, computer, evidence, influence, messagestark; swimmerkraftvoll, stark; build, arm, kick, lightkräftig; stroke, punch, detergentkraftvoll; bombstark, zerstörerisch, von großer Durchschlagskraft; earthquake, stormstark, massiv; smellmassiv, überwältigend; voicekräftig, kraftvoll
(fig) speaker, actormitreißend; music, film, performanceausdrucksvoll, mitreißend; argumentdurchschlagend, massiv (inf); salesmanüberzeugend
a powerful lot of (dial)ganz schön viel (inf), → gehörig viel (inf)

powerful

[ˈpaʊəfʊl] adj (gen) → potente, forte; (person, physically) → possente; (film, actor, speech) → formidabile

power

(ˈpauə) noun
1. (an) ability. A witch has magic power; A cat has the power of seeing in the dark; He no longer has the power to walk.
2. strength, force or energy. muscle power; water-power; (also adjective) a power tool (=a tool operated by electricity etc. not by hand).
3. authority or control. political groups fighting for power; How much power does the Queen have?; I have him in my power at last
4. a right belonging to eg a person in authority. The police have the power of arrest.
5. a person with great authority or influence. He is quite a power in the town.
6. a strong and influential country. the Western powers.
7. the result obtained by multiplying a number by itself a given number of times. 2  2  2 or 23 is the third power of 2, or 2 to the power of 3.
ˈpowered adjective
supplied with mechanical power. The machine is powered by electricity; an electrically-powered machine.
ˈpowerful adjective
having great strength, influence etc. a powerful engine; He's powerful in local politics.
ˈpowerfully adverb
ˈpowerfulness noun
ˈpowerless adjective
having no power. The king was powerless to prevent the execution.
ˈpowerlessness noun
power cut/failure
a break in the electricity supply. We had a power cut last night.
ˌpower-ˈdriven adjective
worked by electricity or other mechanical means, not by hand.
power point
a socket on a wall etc into which an electric plug can be fitted.
power station
a building where electricity is produced.
be in power
(of a political party) to be the governing party.

powerful

قَوِيّ vlivný magtfuld mächtig ισχυρός poderoso voimakas puissant moćan potente 強力な 강력한 machtig mektig potężny poderoso могущественный mäktig ที่มีอิทธิพล güçlü nhiều quyền lực 强大的

powerful

adj (medication, etc.) potente, fuerte
References in classic literature ?
She had never read Sartor Resartus, but she had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.
Elmer Cowley was extraordinarily tall and his arms were long and powerful.
There was a slight report from the electric rifle--a report not unlike the crackle of the wireless--and the powerful projectile sped true to its mark.
The reckoning with his wife at the end of an escapade was something he counted on--like the last powerful liqueur after a long dinner.
The news had been brought, toward the decline of a day in midsummer, by an Indian runner, who also bore an urgent request from Munro, the commander of a work on the shore of the "holy lake," for a speedy and powerful reinforcement.
Curiosity is natural to the soul of man, and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections.
Unhappily the road was deserted in the still powerful sunlight, and he was obliged to seek the cover of the woods, with a passing compliment to the parent of his charges.
In the growth of the town, however, after some thirty or forty years, the site covered by this rude hovel had become exceedingly desirable in the eyes of a prominent and powerful personage, who asserted plausible claims to the proprietorship of this and a large adjacent tract of land, on the strength of a grant from the legislature.
His face darkened with some powerful emotion, which, nevertheless, he so instantaneously controlled by an effort of his will, that, save at a single moment, its expression might have passed for calmness.
He appeared to be a horseman of large dimensions, and mounted on a black horse of powerful frame.
That point is this: The Sperm Whale is in some cases sufficiently powerful, knowing, and judiciously malicious, as with direct aforethought to stave in, utterly destroy, and sink a large ship; and what is more, the Sperm Whale has done it.
It is sometimes the custom when fast to a whale more than commonly powerful and alert, to seek to hamstring him, as it were, by sundering or maiming his gigantic tail-tendon.