American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Possessing inner or physical strength; powerful.
- adj. Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects: potent liquor; a potent toxin.
- adj. Exerting or capable of exerting strong influence; cogent: potent arguments.
- adj. Having great control or authority: "The police were potent only so long as they were feared” ( Thomas Burke).
- adj. Able to perform sexual intercourse. Used of a male.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Powerful; possessed of inherent strength. Powerful in a physical sense; effective; efficacious.
- Powerful in a moral sense; having great influence; cogent; prevailing; convincing: as, potent arguments; potent interest.
- Having great authority, control, or dominion.
- In heraldry, divided or included by a line or lines forming a series of potents: as, a fesse potent. [In this sense originally potenté.]
- n. A prince; a potentate.
- n. A crutch; a walking-staff.
- n. In heraldry: A figure resembling the head of a crutch, and consisting of a parallelogram laid horizontally on the top of a small square.
- n. A fur made up of patches or figures. There are four varieties. Of these, the first is the most common, and is generally called potent; the second is generally called counter potent; and the others are varieties which different authors describe by the above names, or by the term potent counter-potent, which is applied to one or the other indifferently.
- n. In watch-making, a journal plate or bearing.
- adj. Possessing strength
- adj. Being effective in small quantities.
- adj. Having a sharp or offensive taste.
- adj. of a male able to procreate.
- adj. very powerful or effective.
- n. heraldry A heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white T shapes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful' efficacious.
- adj. Having great authority, control, or dominion; puissant; mighty; influential.
- adj. Powerful, in an intellectual or moral sense; having great influence
- n. obsolete A prince; a potentate.
- n. obsolete A staff or crutch.
- n. (Her.) One of the furs; a surface composed of patches which are supposed to represent crutch heads; they are always alternately argent and azure, unless otherwise specially mentioned.
- adj. having or wielding force or authority
- adj. (of a male) capable of copulation
- adj. having great influence
- adj. having a strong physiological or chemical effect
- From Latin potens ("powerful, strong, potent"), present participle of posse ("to be able"), from potis ("able, powerful, originally a lord, master"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin potēns, potent-, present participle of posse, to be able; see poti- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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