American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Power; might.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Power; strength; might; force; potency.
- n. power to influence or coerce
- From Anglo-Norman pussance, pusaunce et al., from puissant ("powerful"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from poissant, powerful, present participle of pooir, to be able; see power. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Could pissens be French-based Creole (maybe Haitian, if the ad was made in America), as in French "puissance" (power, potential, see Chinese neng 能)?”
“O thou of beautiful smiles, Word is a cow, in consequence of her puissance which is both divine and not divine.”
“Well, what Spenser did with practically every Western myth, epic, and writer before him makes Faulkner look like a pre-schooler using slight of hand to hide a coin), his passion, his facility with language (that is, if you ignore the occasional "puissance"), his psychological insight.”
“As a mark of his noble puissance, shops and restaurants throughout the city unhesitatingly honored his money at full face value.”
“How, Dalgliesh wondered, had the sculptor managed to convey the sweetness and the obstinacy of that individual smile, to model compassion and yet reduce it to self-delusion, to show humility garbed in a monk's habit -nd yet convey an overriding impression of the puissance of evil.”
“Une idée fausse, mais claire et précise, aura toujours plus de puissance dans le monde qu'une idée vraie mais complexe.”
“BIEN VU : la puissance extraordinaire et exploitable, les performances époustouflantes, la relative facilité de conduite, l'efficacité rassurante du freinage, l'impressionnante qualité de fabrication”
“Not much detail is given about the magic they hold, but the reader is given stories of their puissance to confirm that something is decidedly different.”
“They want the US to exercise more power over, say, the genocide in Rwanda but are worried about U. S hyper-puissance.”
“Pardon me, however, that, being a soldier upon my post, with my lance in my hand, I may not give to one of thy puissance the advantage of coming within my guard, or of mastering my weapon.”
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