fire·​pow·​er | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce firepower (audio) \

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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While all RTX Studio laptops utilize Nvidia’s energy-efficient Max-Q GPU variants to enable slim designs, these things are loaded down with some serious firepower. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's RTX Studio laptops pair fierce hardware with dedicated drivers for content creators," 27 May 2019 Officials speculated that the move was a threat or a display of firepower. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Happy birthday, Google: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 8 Sep. 2018 Mayfield knows that expectations for his team may be low since the Rockets graduated so much firepower after reaching a Class 3A sectional final. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "Rocket on the rise: Patrick Mayfield ready for larger role with Burlington Central," 21 June 2018 Too much maximum firepower can lead to overheating and taking structural damage. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "BattleTech is a more tactical, punishing view of mech battling," 3 May 2018 There’s just too much firepower there, starting with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers-Penguins predictions: And the winner is …," 10 Apr. 2018 The short-range missiles tested by North Korea can strike much of South Korea and may be able to carry a nuclear warhead, military experts said, providing Pyongyang with extra firepower as diplomatic frictions grow with Washington. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "North Korea’s New Weapon Likely to Better Evade Missile Defense," 10 May 2019 With firepower the key in limited advances, a light machine gun was absolutely essential. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 But many of these are first-time candidates, going up against Republican incumbents with financial firepower. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Exclusive: Republicans are outspending Democrats 5 to 1 in key statehouse races," 30 Oct. 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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