puissance

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman pussance, pusaunce et al., from puissant (powerful).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpjuːɪs(ə)ns/, /ˈpwɪs(ə)ns/
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Particularly: "UK"
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Noun[edit]

puissance (uncountable)

  1. Power, might or potency.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      We easily pronounce puissance, truth and justice; they be words importing some great matter, but that thing we neither see nor conceive.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p. 66:
      Any impression of mental puissance might have been increased by the fact that I was usually to be seen working hard with notebook and biro, shaping up a new book review or a linking script [...].
  2. The high-jump component of the sport of show jumping.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From puissant.

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Noun[edit]

puissance f (plural puissances)

  1. power (physical or figuratively)

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