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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 Smith was a solid game manager in 2015, but didn’t have much firepower in Kansas City. Globe Staff,, "Is this the toughest lineup of playoff QBs Tom Brady has ever faced?," 21 Jan. 2021 Iowa State has serious firepower to back up their prowess this season. oregonlive, "Why Mario Cristobal believes Iowa State is ‘the most physical team’ Oregon Ducks have faced in years," 30 Dec. 2020 Cincinnati’s defense played great against Pittsburgh on Monday, but the Texans’ offense has too much firepower. Los Angeles Times, "NFL Week 16 picks: Rams defeat Seahawks; Packers edge Titans," 25 Dec. 2020 The Gators have enough firepower on offense to make this a game if their defense gets enough stops. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Alabama looks like a shoe-in for SEC title," 17 Dec. 2020 Kansas City just has so much offensive firepower that no lead ever seems insurmountable, and the Chiefs can literally score from any position on the field. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 14 winners and losers: Pittsburgh Steelers are reeling with broken running game," 15 Dec. 2020 That will tip the scales toward UNT, but Louisiana Tech has enough firepower to pull out a close game. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Prediction: Louisiana Tech will extend winning streak against UNT to three games on Thursday," 2 Dec. 2020 This feels like a sloppy game with little scoring as both teams have little firepower. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Washington Football Team vs. Detroit Lions picks, predictions: Who wins Week 10 NFL game?," 10 Nov. 2020 How much firepower do Corbyn supporters have to aim at Starmer? Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Rare Sight of a Political Reckoning," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of firepower

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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23 Feb 2021

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“Firepower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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