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German equestrian Otto Ammermann and his horse Servus competing in a puissance event (sense 2) in Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, Germany, in September 1965

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman puissance, pusaunce, and other forms, from Old French puissant (powerful).

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puissance (countable and uncountable, plural puissances)

  1. Power, might or potency.
  2. (equestrianism) Often Puissance: the high-jump component of the sport of show jumping.
    • 1969, G. H. S. Webber, Show Jumping International, London: Evans Brothers; New York, N.Y.: Van Nostrand Reinhold, OCLC 34114, page 126:
      It was in Dublin that San Lucas scored his first success in what has become something of a speciality for him, the puissance.
    • 2011 April, Stuart Turner, Harnessing Horsepower: The Pat Moss Carlsson Story, Poundbury, Dorset: Veloce Publishing, →ISBN, page 23:
      Pat [Moss] then went to Oxford to qualify for the Horse of the Year Show, and Danny was fourth in the Puissance, an event with very high jumps.
    • 2013, Hilary M. Clayton; P. René van Weeren, “Performance in Equestrian Sports”, in Willem Back and Hilary M. Clayton, editors, Equine Locomotion, 2nd edition, Edinburgh; New York, N.Y.: Saunders, →ISBN, page 332:
      In a study of horses during a puissance competition that started at a height of 1.80 m and ended in the last round at 2.27 m, success was significantly positively correlated with the following variables at lift-off: vertical velocity of CM, height of CM, distance of CM from the fence; and was significantly negatively correlated with the distance of the leading hind limb to the CM.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French puissance, derived from Old French puissant.

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NounEdit

puissance f (plural puissances)

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

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PrepositionEdit

puissance

  1. (mathematics) to the power of
    Deux puissance quatre égale seize.

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French puissance.

NounEdit

puissance f (plural puissances)

  1. power

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Old FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From puissant, pussant.

NounEdit

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

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

DescendantsEdit