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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The most important or powerful person in an enterprise or field.
  • noun Something of the highest value or influence.

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  • noun military A large artillery gun or one of the largest-caliber naval guns (as on a battleship).
  • noun idiomatic, by extension, usually pluralized A person, group, thing, or course of action that is powerful, influential, or particularly effective.

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  • noun an important influential person

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