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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 To be fair, this team doesn’t have the look of a powerhouse on paper. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "'We can win, too': Cardinal Ritter denying doubters and preparing for deep run," 13 Feb. 2020 The brand has evolved from a simple, yet beloved, toy car with orange track system into a global franchise powerhouse that offers fans of all ages multi-channel play experiences. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Hot Wheels Legends Tour roars back in Houston this April," 11 Feb. 2020 But thanks to a typically powerhouse vocal from Jennifer Hudson – who, of course, bagged an Academy Award at the first time of asking – this rally cry still packs a punch. 7. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "Ranking Diane Warren's Oscar-Nominated Songs," 7 Feb. 2020 The Super Bowl in Miami this year pits a Midwest MVP (Mahomie!) with a Bay Area powerhouse, but the commercials will still be a hot topic of conversation. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Watch every 2020 Super Bowl commercial here," 2 Feb. 2020 The school wasn’t known as a national power in basketball, at least not until the last three seasons when Chris Beard built a defensive powerhouse and guided the Red Raiders to last season’s national title game. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Mean Green find groove defensively after offseason changes," 30 Jan. 2020 None of these schools are anyone’s idea of a powerhouse. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "College football is broken and shows no signs of being fixed," 17 Jan. 2020 By 1978, Remenyik was coaching the women’s fencing team at OSU and turned the program into a powerhouse that won several Big Ten titles. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, "Former Ohio State fencing coach sounded alarm on abusive doctor decades ago," 12 Jan. 2020 By then, Davis — in three seasons as Raiders’ coach — had built the team into a feared powerhouse. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders left Oakland Coliseum forever, but Al Davis’ spirit lingers," 28 Dec. 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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23 Feb 2020

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“Powerhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powerhouse. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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