pow·er·house | \ˈpau̇(-ə)r-ˌhau̇s \

Definition of powerhouse 

1a : power plant sense 1

b : a source of influence or inspiration

2 : one having great power: such as

a : one having great drive, energy, or ability a powerhouse rock band

b : an athletic team characterized by strong aggressive play

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Examples of powerhouse in a Sentence

The country is an economic powerhouse. Their company became a powerhouse in the video game industry. She's a powerhouse on the tennis court. This year's team is a powerhouse that's winning its games easily. Seaweed is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. He is a powerhouse of ideas.
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Back then, Marian Catholic was a powerhouse, producing 28 winning seasons in Mattio’s 37-year career. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Erick Middleton the right man to turn around Marian Catholic's 'culture' in football," 15 May 2018 The Seals were often strapped for cash but were a powerhouse, winning 13 PCL championships. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the depths of the Depression, SF had the best ballpark in the country," 12 May 2018 Based in the Nashville area, CPS opened in 2005 and quickly grew into a powerhouse, which has treated as many as 48,000 pain patients a month, at more than 50 clinics in Tennessee and other states. Fred Schulte, Washington Post, "Tennessee-Based Pain Management Group To Close Clinics Amid Financial Turmoil," 9 July 2018 Meibers had spent years building Colerain’s cross country program into a powerhouse that led to five consecutive district championships going into the 1978 season. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Glory Days: Colerain celebrates 40th anniversary of Ohio's best boys cross country team," 2 July 2018 Scott Maw’s retirement comes as Starbucks grapples with slowing sales in the United States, a tricky expansion in the key Chinese market, and the departure of longtime executive Schultz, who built the chain into a coffee powerhouse. BostonGlobe.com, "Rubius Therapeutics to build manufacturing facility in R.I.," 29 June 2018 As the birthplace of American cinema, California has seen a fledgling industry grow into a global economic powerhouse that today supports the livelihoods of more than 715,000 Californians. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "California Extends Film Tax Credits to 2025," 27 June 2018 More: After years of struggle, IU transforms itself into a baseball powerhouseBut Lemonis maintained that success, allowing IU to lay claim to having the most successful Big Ten baseball program in more than two decades. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "IU baseball coach Chris Lemonis hired by Mississippi State according to reports," 25 June 2018 The transformation of the American oil industry over the past few years, largely as a result of shale drilling, has turned the United States from a major energy importer into a petroleum powerhouse. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "OPEC, After Bolstering Prices, Considers Ramping Up Oil Production," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of powerhouse

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of powerhouse

: a group of people or an organization that has a lot of power

: a person, team, etc., that has a lot of energy, strength, and skill

: someone or something that is full of a particular thing


pow·er·house | \ˈpau̇-ər-ˌhau̇s \

Kids Definition of powerhouse

2 : a person or thing having unusual strength or energy

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