potence

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French potence (power, a crutch), from Latin potentia (power, in Medieval Latin also crutch), from potens (powerful); see potent.

Noun[edit]

potence (plural potences)

  1. power or strength; potency
  2. A stud that acts as a support of a pivot in a watch or clock

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin potentia.

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Noun[edit]

potence f (plural potences)

  1. (construction) post and braces
  2. gallows, gibbet (for hanging)

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Beware that this is a false friend, meaning “gallows” (or similar wooden constructions), not “strength”.

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