puissance

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Anglo-Norman puissance, pusaunce et al., from Old French puissant ‎(powerful).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpjuːɪs(ə)ns/, /ˈpwɪs(ə)ns/
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Particularly: "UK"

Noun[edit]

puissance ‎(countable and uncountable, plural puissances)

  1. Power, might or potency.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821, II.12:
      We easily pronounce puissance, truth and justice; they be words importing some great matter, but that thing we neither see nor conceive.
    • 1824, John Johnson, Typographia, Or The Printers' Instructor[1]:
      After these things above said, the Priest exorcised the salt, saying thus: I conjure thee, creature of salt; that is to say, I conjure in thee the puissance of the Devil in Hell, in the name of God Father omnipotent, and in the charity of our Lord Jesu Christ, and in the virtue of the Holy Ghost []
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador, page 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.
    • 1969, G.H.S. Webber, Show Jumping International, page 126:
      It was in Dublin that San Lucas scored his first success in what has become something of a speciality for him, the puissance.
    • 2011, Stuart Turner, Harnessing Horsepower: The Pat Moss Carlsson Story[2]:
      Pat then went to Oxford to qualify for the Horse of the Year Show, and Danny was fourth in the Puissance, an event with very high jumps.
    • 2013, Willem Back, Equine Locomotion[3], page 332:
      In a study of horses during a puissance competition that started at a height of 1.80 m and ended in the last round at 2.27 m, success was significantly positively correlated with the following variables at lift-off: vertical velocity of CM, height of CM, distance of CM from the fence; and was significantly negatively correlated with the distance of the leading hind limb to the CM.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From puissant (Middle French puissance, Old French puissant).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

puissance f ‎(plural puissances)

  1. power (physical or figuratively)
  2. dominion (state within the British Empire)

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Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French puissance.

Noun[edit]

puissance f (plural puissances)

  1. power

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Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From puissant, pussant.

Noun[edit]

puissance f ‎(oblique plural puissances, nominative singular puissance, nominative plural puissances)

  1. power; ability; authority
  2. might; strength

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