potence

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle French potence (power, a crutch), from Latin potentia (power, in Medieval Latin also crutch), from potens (powerful); see potent.

NounEdit

potence (countable and uncountable, plural potences)

  1. power or strength; potency
  2. A stud that acts as a support of a pivot in a watch or clock
  3. (heraldry) Synonym of crutch

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CzechEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin potis

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

potence f

  1. potency

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Further readingEdit

  • potence in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • potence in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French, borrowed from Latin potentia.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɔ.tɑ̃s/
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NounEdit

potence f (plural potences)

  1. (construction) post and braces
  2. gallows, gibbet (for hanging)
  3. stem (component on a bicycle)

Usage notesEdit

Beware that this is a false friend, meaning “gallows” (or similar wooden constructions), not “strength”, from the Middle Latin meaning “crutch” of potentia.

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