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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
Recent Examples on the Web Georgia: 95 Georgia loses a considerable amount of offensive firepower through attrition this offseason, with Jake Fromm and D’Andre Swift both foregoing remaining eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "SportsDay’s way-too-early top 25: Clemson grabs No. 1 spot; 6 different area schools make cut, including SMU," 13 Jan. 2020 Both goalies are prone to blow-ups and there’s plenty of offensive firepower on either side. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Philadelphia Flyers at Arizona Coyotes odds, picks and best bets," 4 Jan. 2020 Hugo Clarkin, a San Jose State commit, and guard Justin Williams, give JSerra plenty of firepower. Mitch Stephens,, "High school basketball tip-off will answer some early questions," 28 Nov. 2019 Tagovailoa is the reigning winner of the Maxwell Award, a trophy given to the best all-around player in football, but Alabama will still have plenty of offensive firepower on the field. Joseph Goodman |, al, "An intriguing Iron Bowl Week is here, with quarterbacks taking center stage," 23 Nov. 2019 Man Utd's lack of firepower will come as a major concern to their supporters, who have seen the Red Devils bag only 13 goals in 11 games., "Man Utd Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Hints at Lack of January Activity Despite Need for More Creativity," 3 Nov. 2019 But all of that firepower might not matter if Texas can’t at least slow down Hurts and Co. C.j. Doon,, "Finally time for big upsets? How good is LSU’s offense? Most intriguing college football questions for Week 7," 10 Oct. 2019 The Gators’ offensive firepower was on full display Friday, scoring more points than the team did in any single game a season ago en route to the 30-point victory. Brent Kennedy,, "Glenelg boys basketball grinds out opening-night victory over Long Reach," 6 Dec. 2019 Outside of Hill, State’s offense doesn’t have a lot of firepower. Charles Hollis, al, "Auburn defense, a loud Jordan-Hare problem for Georgia," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of firepower

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 Jan 2020

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“Firepower.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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