firepower

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noun fire·pow·er \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌpau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of firepower

  1. 1a :  the capacity (as of a military unit) to deliver effective fire on a targetb :  effective fire

  2. 2a :  effective power or force intellectual firepowerb :  the scoring ability of a team or player

Examples of firepower in a Sentence

  1. The army didn't have the firepower to defeat the invaders.

  2. right now the President doesn't have the political firepower to push his programs through Congress

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First Known Use of firepower

1871


FIREPOWER Defined for English Language Learners

firepower

play
noun

Definition of firepower for English Language Learners

  • : the amount or strength of military weapons that can be used against an enemy

  • : effective power or force



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