fire·pow·er | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌpau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of firepower 

1a : the capacity (as of a military unit) to deliver effective fire on a target

b : effective fire

2a : effective power or force intellectual firepower

b : the scoring ability of a team or player

Examples of firepower in a Sentence

The army didn't have the firepower to defeat the invaders. right now the President doesn't have the political firepower to push his programs through Congress

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After narrowly avoiding relegation last term, the Terriers are looking for more firepower up top., "Huddersfield Plot Bid for Out of Favour Leicester Ace in Bid to Improve Attacking Options," 5 July 2018 Lying in wait after that could be Michigan, who just won the Big Ten Tournament and is coached by legendary wizard John Beilein, or a North Carolina team who can match Xavier’s firepower and played arguably the toughest schedule in the country. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: In NCAA Basketball Tournament, landmines abound for Xavier; UC has the easier path," 12 Mar. 2018 Japan emerged against most expectations from a tricky group containing Colombia, Poland and Senegal — three sides with greater firepower. Jerome Pugmire,, "Belgium hope to continue their winning run against the surprising Japan," 1 July 2018 But Dan Majerle stepped up with big-time firepower this night, scoring 28 points and tying the Finals mark for 3-pointers, to help lead the Suns a 129-121 victory. azcentral, "Arizona Republic staff's best memories of 1992-93 Phoenix Suns," 16 June 2018 That falls well short of Mr. Macron’s proposal that envisaged an instrument with budgetary firepower of around €200 billion ($233.2 billion). William Horobin, WSJ, "Merkel Responds to Macron’s Plan to Overhaul EU With One of Her Own," 3 June 2018 Organizers encouraged the protesters to try to burst through the fence into Israel, and Israeli soldiers responded with firepower. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "A Palestinian medic was shot dead in Gaza. Now Israel says it will investigate.," 2 June 2018 Kavanaugh, moreover, has plenty of conservative firepower in his own corner. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Kavanaugh Remains SCOTUS Front-runner Despite Right-Wing Backlash," 5 July 2018 That will be against France, which showed plenty of offensive firepower in its 4-3 win this morning. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Edinson Cavani Uses His Head, and Foot, as Uruguay Ousts Portugal," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of firepower

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of firepower

: the amount or strength of military weapons that can be used against an enemy

: effective power or force

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