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 Bulldogs are 0-3 against the Concord powerhouse, losing regional championship games 49-15 in 2012 and 45-17 in 2013 and then getting shut out by the Spartans last year. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "What’s next for De La Salle: High-flying Folsom," 10 Sep. 2019 Circle Christian has a new coach, Tyler Jagen, replacing the man who built a powerhouse, Michael Caulfield. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Girls cross country: small schools should rule Orlando area," 6 Sep. 2019 House of Cards, an inky political drama and Netflix's first hit, helped early on to legitimize the streaming service as a Hollywood-disrupting entertainment powerhouse, rather than the mail-order DVD distributor it had been known as. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Grace and Frankie’ Is Ending. How Did It Become Netflix’s Longest-Running Show?," 5 Sep. 2019 The Lions host Class 3A powerhouse Linganore to open the season this Friday. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "2019 Football Preview: Liberty looks to ‘establish a new identity’ this fall," 5 Sep. 2019 The Category 2 storm, while no longer the powerhouse which decimated the northwestern Bahamas, has expanded in size, meaning its strong winds cover a larger area, capable of generating giant waves and pushing large amounts of water toward the shore. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane Dorian poised to slam the Carolinas after scraping by the coasts of Florida and Georgia," 4 Sep. 2019 Intel characterizes its eight new Comet Lake chips as upclocked powerhouses, soaring to 4.9GHz turbo frequency, with a mix of U-series (notebooks) and Y-series (tablet) processors. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel announces Comet Lake, a faster, 10th-gen Whiskey Lake chip for mainstream laptops," 21 Aug. 2019 Plus, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses, with about 7 grams of protein per quarter-cup serving, along with meaningful amounts of nutrients, like zinc, magnesium, and iron. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Back to school: 9 lower-sugar snacks and treats for kids you can feel good about," 21 Aug. 2019 Escondido, once a North County powerhouse, hasn’t had a winning season since 2009, when the Cougars finished 8-3-1 in Paul Gomes’ final year as head coach at EHS. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Escondido junior destined to be the QB for pop’s alma mater," 20 Aug. 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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