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

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 And the problem at Uvalde, some noted, wasn’t a lack of firepower: Nineteen officers had waited outside the classroom’s door for 47 minutes, wrongly believing the children inside were dead. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 6 June 2022 Even with plenty of offensive firepower on the teams the series may be dictated by defense, with both teams finishing in the top two defensive rating during the regular season. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 2 June 2022 He was expected to be a source of firepower off the bench for the Lakers. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 The new Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) vehicle will go not to the heavy armored and mechanized forces, but instead to the light infantry, airborne, and mountain units, bolstering their firepower and mobility. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2022 The war on Ukraine has now dragged on for more than four months, and Russia is using its firepower to make incremental gains. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 30 June 2022 However, the offense looks like its suddenly lacking firepower. Dj Siddiqi, Forbes, 26 June 2022 Amid the ongoing arms race around name, image and likeness in college football, USC didn’t exactly burst out of the gates flaunting its NIL firepower. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 Fighting continued on Tuesday in the streets of Severodonetsk, the city in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine where Russia is now concentrating its firepower. Isabel Coles, WSJ, 7 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of firepower

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 Jul 2022

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“Firepower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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