pow·​er·​house | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce powerhouse (audio) \

Definition of powerhouse

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 medical device company sprung from the $14 billion mega merger between two orthopedic powerhouses, Zimmer and Biomet, in 2015. Fortune, "Zimmer Biomet Holdings," 1 July 2019 The long-raging territorial conflicts and the protracted dispute between the two global economic powerhouses are high on the agenda in the final of two days of meetings of leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, BostonGlobe.com, "ASEAN leaders call for restraint amid sea row, US-China rift," 23 June 2019 The complex is visible for miles—two big powerhouses flanking the enormous dam and spillway, the march of gigantic power lines into the hydroelectric grid that feeds the region. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 The combined company, named Raytheon Technologies Corp., will be a powerhouse of defense research and technology. CBS News, "Raytheon, United Technologies to merge, creating defense giant," 10 June 2019 Marvin Loría had joined Saprissa as a 16-year-old in 2013, but had struggled to break in to the lineup with the Costa Rican powerhouse. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "Portland Timbers winger Marvin Loria hopes to build on impressive MLS debut," 26 June 2019 Wayfair, founded by Niraj Shah and Steven Conine in 2002, has become an online powerhouse with nearly $7 billion in annual sales. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Wayfair workers set to walkout over sale to detention centers," 25 June 2019 With three of the Bay Area’s most prominent black female rockers and the versatile powerhouse Cash (a.k.a. Andrew Gilbert, SFChronicle.com, "Skip the Needle to brings its joyful funk metal to debut album release show," 24 June 2019 Can Michigan's miracle run through the tournament continue, or will Vanderbilt assert itself as the national powerhouse it's been all season? Eric Single, SI.com, "Three Questions That Will Decide the College World Series Winner," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of powerhouse

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of powerhouse was in 1870

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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
chiefly US : someone or something that is full of a particular thing


pow·​er·​house | \ ˈpau̇-ər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce powerhouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of powerhouse

2 : a person or thing having unusual strength or energy

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