American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having or capable of exerting power.
- adj. Effective or potent: a powerful drug.
- adj. Chiefly Upper Southern U.S. Great: "[Everybody had] a powerful lot to say about faith and good works and free grace and preforeordestination, and I don't know what all” ( Mark Twain).
- adv. Chiefly Upper Southern U.S. Very: It was powerful humid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Exerting great force or power; able to produce great physical effects; strong; efficient: as, a powerful engine; a powerful blow; a powerful medicine.
- Having great authority; puissant; potent; mighty: as, a powerful nation.
- Characterized by great intellectual power.
- Having great influence or moral power; cogent; efficacious.
- Great; numerous; numerically large. Compare power, 10.
- Synonyms Puissant, forcible, cogent, influential; vigorous, robust, sturdy.
- Very: as, powerful good; powerful weak.
- adj. Having, or capable of exerting power, potency or influence.
- adj. mining Large; capacious; said of veins of ore.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Full of power; capable of producing great effects of any kind; potent; mighty; efficacious; intense.
- adj. (Mining) Large; capacious; -- said of veins of ore.
- adj. having great power or force or potency or effect
- adj. strong enough to knock down or overwhelm
- adj. having great influence
- adj. (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful
- adj. displaying superhuman strength or power
- adv. (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree
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“In reality, my word "powerful" does not do justice to the influence of Scots-Irish culture at the ballot box.”
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“Now that's what I call a powerful Christian sermon.”
“If you read enough Ayn Rand, your frontal lobes decay to the point where you confuse pleasing rationalizations for fact, and come to believe that grovelling worship of the powerful is the same as defending liberty.”
“Squashing the powerful is an essential media skill, a leveling device that helps keep democracy democratic.”
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“Campaigners hailed what they described as a powerful new weapon in the three-decade war against AIDS.”
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