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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The venture capital firm was one of the earliest investors in this space and its partners are seen as part of the intellectual firepower behind the sector. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "How an $8 billion Silicon Valley startup has shared talent with one of its most prominent investors," 26 Nov. 2018 But down the stretch, Glenelg displayed too much offensive firepower. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Glenelg girls lacrosse prevails against Marriotts Ridge in sectional final," 15 May 2018 General Winfield Scott discovered much to his dismay that he was expected to engage Native Americans on the Western frontier largely without firepower. Kim Sajet, Smithsonian, "How Portraiture Gave Rise to the Glamour of Guns," 23 Mar. 2018 Acer’s Predator Triton 900 pairs its formidable firepower with a 17-inch, 4K display that swivels on its hinge so the screen faces outward. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 Photo: david hecker/epa-efe/rex/Shutterstock The president has focused his main firepower on China, imposing tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese exports. Emre Peker, WSJ, "EU’s High Trade Surplus With the U.S. Poses Risk to 2018 Tariff Truce," 1 Jan. 2019 But even with its financial firepower, China has its limits. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Taps the Brakes on Its Global Push for Influence," 29 June 2018 Unfortunately, the first people to see the gun didn't understand its firepower. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Child fires shot inside Ikea store after finding gun in couch cushion, police say," 25 June 2018 Throughout the 2017/18 campaign, Stoke suffered as a result of their lacklustre firepower, notching, on average, less than a goal per game., "Stoke Target £10m Rated Newcastle Striker to Bolster Attacking Options Following Relegation," 12 June 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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