puissance

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman puissance, pusaunce et al., from puissant ‎(powerful).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpjuːɪs(ə)ns/, /ˈpwɪs(ə)ns/
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Particularly: "UK"

NounEdit

puissance ‎(countable and uncountable, plural puissances)

  1. Power, might or potency.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      We easily pronounce puissance, truth and justice; they be words importing some great matter, but that thing we neither see nor conceive.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 66:
      Any impression of mental puissance might have been increased by the fact that I was usually to be seen working hard with notebook and biro, shaping up a new book review or a linking script [].
  2. The high-jump component of the sport of show jumping.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From puissant.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

puissance f ‎(plural puissances)

  1. power (physical or figuratively)
  2. dominion (state within the British Empire)

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Middle FrenchEdit

NounEdit

puissance f (plural puissances)

  1. power

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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin potentia.

NounEdit

puissance f ‎(oblique plural puissances, nominative singular puissance, nominative plural puissances)

  1. power; ability; authority
  2. might; strength

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