un·​der·​pow·​ered | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpau̇(-ə)rd How to pronounce underpowered (audio) \

Definition of underpowered

1 : driven by an engine of insufficient power
2 : having or supplied with insufficient power

Examples of underpowered in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The orchestra’s answers to his opening declarations were almost comically underpowered in comparison. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fort Worth Symphony opens its 2020-2021 season with reduced numbers, in a different venue," 19 Sep. 2020 With the exception of the somewhat underpowered Surface Go, Microsoft has focused on PCs that buyers aspire to. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Report: Microsoft plans smaller sub-$600 Surface Laptop for students," 8 Sep. 2020 Rather, these underpowered, inexpensive toys are canvases for creativity and experimentation. Brendan Nystedt, Wired, "Retro Hackers Are Building a Better Nintendo Game Boy," 10 June 2020 But at least there is a clear mortality benefit, unlike the underpowered remdesivir trials. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "The cheap steroid being hailed as life-saving COVID-19 treatment: What we know about dexamethasone," 16 June 2020 To get around the issue of small underpowered studies like this, the World Health Organization asked a group of researchers at McMaster University to undertake an exhaustive review of the medical literature. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Do face masks help? Studies leaning toward yes," 4 June 2020 People stepped forward to an underpowered microphone to share ideas about how best to prepare for the evening. Megan Molteni, Wired, "In Minneapolis, Neighbors Are Mobilizing—Offline," 1 June 2020 So, a small, statistically underpowered randomized trial of an important question. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits," 3 June 2020 Typically, the headsets built for mixed reality have been underpowered and somewhat underwhelming, which makes the new Reverb G2 seem so appealing. Popular Science, "HP’s new high-res VR headset aims for deeper immersion with less nausea," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of underpowered

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Underpowered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underpowered. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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