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  1. (social) Ability to coerce, influence or control.
    1. (countable) Ability to affect or influence.
    2. Control or coercion, particularly legal or political (jurisdiction).
    3. (metonymy) (chiefly in the plural) The people in charge of legal or political power, the government.
    4. (metonymy) An influential nation, company, or other such body.
  2. (physical, uncountable) Effectiveness.
    1. Physical force or strength.
    2. Electricity or a supply of electricity.
    3. A measure of the rate of doing work or transferring energy.
    4. A rate to magnify an optical image by a lens or mirror.
  3. (mathematics)
    1. A product of equal factors. Notation and usage: xn, read as "x to the power of n" or "x to the nth power", denotes x × x ×... × x, in which x appears n times, where n is called the exponent; the definition is extended to non-integer and complex exponents.
    2. (set theory) Cardinality.
    3. (statistics) The probability that a statistical test will reject the null hypothesis when the alternative hypothesis is true.
  4. (plural) In Christian angelology, an intermediate level of angels, ranked above archangels, but exact position varies by classification scheme.
  1. (transitive) To provide power for (a mechanical or electronic device).
  2. (transitive) To hit or kick something forcefully.
  3. To enable or provide the impetus for.
  1. (Singapore, colloquial) Impressive.
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