W2 [ˈpauəfəl US ˈpaur-] adj
2¦(speech/film etc)¦
4¦(machine/weapon etc)¦
5¦(physically strong)¦
6¦(a lot of force)¦
8¦(team/army etc)¦
a powerful person, organization, group etc is able to control and influence events and other people's actions
He was one of the most powerful men in Bohemia.
a very influential and powerful family
rich and powerful nations
having a strong effect on someone's feelings or opinions
a powerful speech
powerful reasons/arguments
(=reasons that make you think that something must be true)
Good teamwork is a powerful tool (=very effective method) for effective management.
a powerful feeling or effect is very strong or great
Immigrants have had a powerful influence on the local culture.
a powerful sense of tradition
a powerful machine, engine, weapon etc is very effective and can do a lot
a new generation of more powerful PCs
a machine that is immensely powerful
a powerful 24 valve engine
a powerful telescope
physically strong
Jed was a powerful, well-built man.
The females are smaller and less powerful than the males.
6.) ¦(A LOT OF FORCE)¦
a powerful blow, explosion etc has a lot of force
an explosion ten times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb
a powerful right-foot shot on goal
winds powerful enough to uproot trees
7.) ¦(MEDICINE)¦
a powerful medicine or drug has a very strong effect on your body
a powerful team, army etc is very strong and can easily defeat other teams or armies
a powerful fighting force
9.) ¦(QUALITY)¦
very strong, bright, loud etc
a powerful singing voice
the powerful headlights
>powerfully adv
Christie is very powerfully built.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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