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

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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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Want to unleash firepower in a standard soldier style? Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018 That doesn't mean Zit Stick is lacking in firepower. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Exclusive: Glossier Is Launching Zit Stick, an On-the-Go Spot Treatment for Acne," 5 Sep. 2018 Taken together, that’s a huge amount of firepower that the Predator X will in theory be able to offer. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Acer teases its dual Intel Xeon-powered Predator X desktop for this winter," 29 Aug. 2018 Grant: Bulldogs have enough returning firepower on offense and a deep supply of pitchers to make noise this season. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County News-Sun top 5 teams and top 20 players for the 2018 high school softball season," 23 Mar. 2018 Andreas Granqvist added a second for Sweden in the other game, and Low responded by throwing Mario Gomez and Thomas Muller on from the bench to add some extra firepower for Die Mannschaft. Nathan Hilditch, Pro Soccer USA, "South Korea 2-0 Germany: Champions curse strikes again as Germany exits World Cup," 27 June 2018 But the Cubs didn’t have enough firepower to match the Braves, as Jose Bautista ripped a three-run home run off Jose Quintana in the fifth that vaulted the Braves a 6-5 victory at Wrigley Field. Mark Gonzales,, "Kris Bryant hits 8th HR, but rally in 9th falls short as Cubs lose 6-5 to Braves," 14 May 2018 Fiery-food fans will revel in the house-brand hot sauce, which has enough firepower to clear sinuses. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Halal Guys just might be the champ of Arlington's Champions Park dining scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Mar. 2018 The Crusaders, on the opposite side of the bracket from Heritage Christian and Arlington, are small but have firepower at guard with Cobie Dillard, Makylin Brown and Manuel Brown. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA basketball sectional preview: Matchups, predictions for Central Indiana," 25 Feb. 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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