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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Recent Examples on the Web The new building has been opened gradually, as animals and equipment were brought over from the old shelter to the new one — an 1893 brick building that used to be the powerhouse for the city’s streetcar fleet. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Take a tour through S.F.'s new, $77 million animal shelter, complete with a dog toilet," 26 Mar. 2021 Syria lies in ruins, and while whole swaths of territory remain outside government control, Assad maintains an undeniable grip on what is left of a country that was once a Middle Eastern powerhouse. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "10 years after Syrian uprising, boy who helped light war's fuse doubts it was worth it," 18 Mar. 2021 Stranahan is not a traditional football powerhouse. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Talented Stranahan trio looking to boost the Mighty Dragons and their college prospects," 18 Mar. 2021 Illinois was a powerhouse once, but its last trip to the Final Four was in 2005, and that came nearly a decade after Lou Henson left and brought an end to a golden era for Illini hoops. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, "Have we met? Familiar names in a new place, March Madness," 18 Mar. 2021 Since forming Magnolia, the couple's lifestyle brand, Gaines has been a powerhouse of recipes and home inspiration. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Soon Order Joanna Gaines' Biscuits Nationwide," 3 Mar. 2021 The Mighty Ducks have changed a lot since the Nineties: The once-ragtag group is now the powerhouse of the rink, where kids show up to practice with their very own trainer and pediatric sports psychologist. Natalli Amato, Rolling Stone, "Trailers of the Week: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Tina,’ ‘The Underground Railroad’ and More," 27 Feb. 2021 Cincinnati is a powerhouse that won the league last year. Dallas News, "SMU football’s full 2021 schedule: Key dates and 5 takeaways," 18 Feb. 2021 The Lady Bulldogs were a perennial powerhouse under longtime coach Andy Landers, who took the team to the NCAA Tournament 31 times over a 33-year stretch. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Back in Top 25, Georgia eager to reclaim national prominence," 19 Jan. 2021

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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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“Powerhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powerhouse. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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