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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The Pixel line was already known for its powerhouse of a camera, but Night Sight increases its utility by cutting through darkness without the violent zap of a flash. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pixel's Night Sight is Declaring War on Flash Photography," 15 Nov. 2018 What to expect with surf: Former fashion powerhouse turned owner of Nosara Family Surf and resident of Nosara, Natalie Sageloly spearheads the surf segment of this retreat alongside three other instructors. Kara Ladd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Nosara, Costa Rica," 10 July 2018 Featuring intimate portraits of powerhouses like Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Dorothy Donegan, this is the first book dedicated to Elgort's jazz portraits, which have landed on the pages of Vogue, GQ, and The New Yorker, among others. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Arthur Elgort's New Book Jazz Reveals His Love of the Storied American Music," 18 Oct. 2018 The 26-year-old had attracted interest from a number of European powerhouses this summer but Fulham's proactive approach is understood to have helped secure the Ivory Coast international before his release clause expires on Sunday. SI.com, "Fulham Move Closer to Finalising £30m Double Swoop for Jean Michaël Seri & Maxime Le Marchand," 12 July 2018 The first half of the Major League Baseball season was dominated by a trio of American League powerhouses, and that was reflected in rosters for the 89th All-Star Game that were revealed on Sunday. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "MLB All-Star Game rosters: Red Sox, Astros, Yankees dominate AL; upstart Braves get 4 NL stars," 8 July 2018 The idea was to avoid a side of the bracket including Brazil, France, Uruguay, Portugal, Argentina and Mexico — admittedly a troubling overload of powerhouses — and in losing 1-0, England did just that. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup’s fresh theme: what might have been," 28 June 2018 One of San Diego’s biomedical powerhouses has entered the drug development business in a big way. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Seeking financial security, Scripps Research is taking its science directly to patients," 24 June 2018 All major indicators, primary election results included, suggest the state lawmaker is attempting an unlikely coup of a Bay Area political powerhouse. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Why Kevin de León thinks he can beat Dianne Feinstein," 7 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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