un·​der·​pow·​ered | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpau̇(-ə)rd \

Definition of underpowered

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

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On the downside, not all hubs are created equal, with many of them being underpowered or lacking in useful expansions, like an SD card slot or an Ethernet port. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Some of our favorite USB-C hubs are cheaper than ever for Verge readers," 1 Aug. 2018 This is one of those underpowered Radeon RX 560s with fewer stream processors (896 instead of 1,024) and compute units (14 instead of 16). Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Get great graphics cards for cheap in Newegg's GPU sales blitz," 3 Aug. 2018 Nobody's stealing an underpowered electric minicar while marooned on an island. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "All Glory to the Renault Twizy, the Greatest Electric Car in the World*," 19 Apr. 2018 Yet much of the art in this part of the show feels underpowered, and that goes double at an unassuming art space in the west of the city, where the show really collapses. Jason Farago, New York Times, "At the Berlin Biennale, the Art of Saying ‘No’," 12 June 2018 The German baritone Christian Immler, also familiar to early-music audiences in New York, gave a game if somewhat underpowered account of the title role. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Play the ‘Best’ of Bach?," 22 June 2018 Prices for Chromebooks range from $169 for the underpowered Samsung 3 Chromebook to starting at $999 for the feature-rich Google Pixelbook. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Chromebooks: Are they worth it if you're not a student?," 30 May 2018 As local leaders gave comments and prayers through a set of underpowered speakers, the students only occasionally listened. Bob Ortega, CNN, "Santa Fe shooting survivor at vigil: 'All that was going through my head was to get out'," 19 May 2018 Fortunately, for the love of enthusiasts, Subaru amped up its performance portfolio with the WRX in 2001 because larger vehicles weren’t selling well, such as the cramped and underpowered three-row Tribeca crossover from 2005-2007. Casey Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Subaru at 50: How AWD, a flat engine and good timing prevailed in the U.S.," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of underpowered

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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