fire·​pow·​er ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce firepower (audio)
: the capacity (as of a military unit) to deliver effective fire on a target
: effective fire
: effective power or force
intellectual firepower
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web Jackson has the combination of offensive firepower, athleticism and size, which often correlates with winning teams. Ben Morse, CNN, 15 Apr. 2024 Beyond two-way player Johnny Juzang (27 points), who sank his first five 3-pointers, the Jazz didn’t have enough firepower to match the fire-breathing Thompson. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 Revenue could near $40 billion in 2025, the company predicts, with operating margins of roughly 20% that promise to give Culp the firepower to buy other companies and invest heavily in R&D projects. Jeremy Bogaisky, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Along with Russian drones, missiles and artillery, the glide bombs have added new destructive firepower to Russia’s campaign in eastern Ukraine, as seen in the recent conquest of the city of Avdiivka, Russia’s first major victory in nearly a year. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 The Pelicans, with basically their full complement of players, seemed to have too much offensive firepower for the makeshift Grizzlies to keep pace. Clay Bailey, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 Much like their air power predecessors, today’s Space Force stands at the forefront of a new era, where military strength is defined not by firepower or by contests of speed, but by software proficiency. Charles Beames, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 In the end, Russia’s superior firepower and manpower overwhelmed Ukrainian forces over many months, even as Russia incurred a staggering number of casualties. Marc Santora Tyler Hicks, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 But Harvey believes Meeker has the firepower to dethrone Wray, a feat that would be even sweeter considering head coach J.C. Watt is stepping down at the end of the tournament following a 12-year run as the Cowboys’ head coach. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of firepower was in 1871

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“Firepower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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fire·​pow·​er -ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce firepower (audio)
: the ability to deliver gunfire or warheads on a target
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