[ US /ˈpaʊɝfəɫ/ ]
[ UK /pˈa‍ʊəfə‍l/ ]
  1. having great power or force or potency or effect
    a powerful bomb
    the horse's powerful kick
    the most powerful government in western Europe
    powerful drugs
    a powerful argument
    his powerful arms
  2. (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful
    a muscular boxer
    powerful arms
    a hefty athlete
  3. displaying superhuman strength or power
    herculean exertions
  4. having great influence
  5. strong enough to knock down or overwhelm
    a knock-down blow
  1. (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree
    it is powerful humid
    they have a right nice place
    that boy is powerful big now
    he's mighty tired
    the baby is mighty cute
    they rejoiced mightily
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How To Use powerful In A Sentence

  • The Huilloc men are only a little taller than their womenfolk, with broad chests, powerful shoulders and heavily muscled legs.
  • That provides a powerful financial incentive for banks to supply more credit. Times, Sunday Times
  • It has made it far harder for determined and powerful figures to control how people see events and that can only be a good thing.
  • Lime hawk moth moth is named after the hawk because it capable of powerful, long- distance flight. Times, Sunday Times
  • At the other end of the social scale were the king and a tiny group of powerful men, all of them rentiers who lived in style on the revenues of their great estates.
  • The lower mandible, which is powerful, and is indented at its point to receive the hook, has a very sharp edge, which, with that of the upper mandible, constitutes a pair of formidable shears. Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891
  • Immunoproteomics, a powerful tool for studying antigens at the proteomic level, allowed a comparative investigation of the immunogenicity of capsulate and non-capsulate strains of L. garvieae for vaccine development.
  • Magazines need the revenue from this powerful, high-spending label. Times, Sunday Times
  • In addition to receiving the best education that the South could offer blacks at that time, Ella inherited a powerful sense of service that made her civil rights efforts extraordinarily unselfish and untiring.
  • It is this which so powerfully arouses sentiment in us.
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