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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Accumulation \Ac*cu'mu*la"tion\, noun [L. accumulatio; cf. F. accumulation.]

1. The act of accumulating, the state of being accumulated, or that which is accumulated; as, an accumulation of earth, of sand, of evils, of wealth, of honors.

2. (Law) The concurrence of several titles to the same proof.

{Accumulation of energy} or {power}, the storing of energy by means of weights lifted or masses put in motion; electricity stored.

{An accumulation of degrees} (Eng. Univ.), the taking of several together, or at smaller intervals than usual or than is allowed by the rules.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Power \Pow"er\, noun (Zool.) Same as {Poor}, the fish.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Power \Pow"er\, noun [OE. pouer, poer, OF. poeir, pooir, F. pouvoir, noun & v., fr. LL. potere, for L. posse, potesse, to be able, to have power. See {Possible}, {Potent}, and cf. {Posse comitatus}.]

1. Ability to act, regarded as latent or inherent; the faculty of doing or performing something; capacity for action or performance; capability of producing an effect, whether physical or moral: potency; might; as, a man of great power; the power of capillary attraction; money gives power. "One next himself in power, and next in crime." --Milton.

2. Ability, regarded as put forth or exerted; strength, force, or energy in action; as, the power of steam in moving an engine; the power of truth, or of argument, in producing conviction; the power of enthusiasm. "The power of fancy." --Shak.

3. Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted upon; susceptibility; -- called also {passive power}; as, great power of endurance.

Power, then, is active and passive; faculty is active power or capacity; capacity is passive power. --Sir W. Hamilton.

4. The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion; sway; command; government.

Power is no blessing in itself but when it is employed to protect the innocent. --Swift.

5. The agent exercising an ability to act; an individual invested with authority; an institution, or government, which exercises control; as, the great powers of Europe; hence, often, a superhuman agent; a spirit; a divinity. "The powers of darkness." --Milton.

And the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. --Matt. xxiv. 29.

6. A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host. --Spenser.

Never such a power . . . Was levied in the body of a land. --Shak.

7. A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o? good things. [Colloq.] --Richardson.

8. (Mech.) (a) The rate at which mechanical energy is exerted or mechanical work performed, as by an engine or other machine, or an animal, working continuously; as, an engine of twenty horse power.

Note: The English unit of power used most commonly is the horse power. See {Horse power}. (b) A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand power, etc. (c) Applied force; force producing motion or pressure; as, the power applied at one and of a lever to lift a weight at the other end.

Note: This use in mechanics, of power as a synonym for force, is improper and is becoming obsolete. (d) A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power.

Note: Power is used adjectively, denoting, driven, or adapted to be driven, by machinery, and not actuated directly by the hand or foot; as, a power lathe; a power loom; a power press.

9. (Math.) The product arising from the multiplication of a number into itself; as, a square is the second power, and a cube is third power, of a number.

10. (Metaph.) Mental or moral ability to act; one of the faculties which are possessed by the mind or soul; as, the power of thinking, reasoning, judging, willing, fearing, hoping, etc. --I. Watts.

The guiltiness of my mind, the sudden surprise of my powers, drove the grossness . . . into a received belief. --Shak.

11. (Optics) The degree to which a lens, mirror, or any optical instrument, magnifies; in the telescope, and usually in the microscope, the number of times it multiplies, or augments, the apparent diameter of an object; sometimes, in microscopes, the number of times it multiplies the apparent surface.

12. (Law) An authority enabling a person to dispose of an interest vested either in himself or in another person; ownership by appointment. --Wharton.

13. Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the business was referred to a committee with power.

Note: Power may be predicated of inanimate agents, like the winds and waves, electricity and magnetism, gravitation, etc., or of animal and intelligent beings; and when predicated of these beings, it may indicate physical, mental, or moral ability or capacity.

{Mechanical powers}. See under {Mechanical}.

{Power loom}, or {Power press}. See Def. 8 (d), note.

{Power of attorney}. See under {Attorney}.

{Power of a point} (relative to a given curve) (Geom.), the result of substituting the coordinates of any point in that expression which being put equal to zero forms the equation of the curve; as, x^{2} + y^{2} - 100 is the power of the point x, y, relative to the circle x^{2} + y^{2} - 100 = 0.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

power

noun

1: possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade" [syn: {power}, {powerfulness}] [ant: {impotence}, {impotency}, {powerlessness}]

2: (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)

3: possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination" [syn: {ability}, {power}] [ant: {inability}]

4: (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power; "being in office already gives a candidate a great advantage"; "during his first year in office"; "during his first year in power"; "the power of the president" [syn: {office}, {power}]

5: one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; "the mysterious presence of an evil power"; "may the force be with you"; "the forces of evil" [syn: {power}, {force}]

6: a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself [syn: {exponent}, {power}, {index}]

7: physical strength [syn: {might}, {mightiness}, {power}]

8: a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world [syn: {world power}, {major power}, {great power}, {power}, {superpower}]

9: a very wealthy or powerful businessman; "an oil baron" [syn: {baron}, {big businessman}, {business leader}, {king}, {magnate}, {mogul}, {power}, {top executive}, {tycoon}]

verb

1: supply the force or power for the functioning of; "The gasoline powers the engines"


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