See also: Puissance
- 1 English
- 2 French
- 3 Middle French
- 4 Old French
- Puissance (show jumping)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpjuːɪ.s(ə)ns/, /ˈpwɪ-/
Audio (RP) (file)
- Hyphenation: puis‧sance
- Power, might or potency.
1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. Disposed into Twelue Books, Fashioning XII. Morall Vertues, London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book I, canto II, stanza XVII, pages 23–24:
- The Sarazin ſore daunted with the buffe / Snatcheth his ſword, and fiercely to him flies; / Who well it wards, and quyteth cuff with cuff: / Each others equall puiſſaunce enuies, / And through their iron ſides with cruelties / Does ſeeke to perce: repining courage yields / No foote to foe.
1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in The Essayes, or, Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses of Lo. Michaell de Montaigne, Knight of the Noble Order of St. Michaell, and One of the Gentlemen in Ordinary of the French King, Henry the Third His Chamber, book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount dwelling in Paules churchyard, OCLC 946730821:
- We easily pronounce puissance, truth and justice; they be words importing some great matter, but that thing we neither see nor conceive.
1824, J[ohn] Johnson, “74. The same [i.e., The Ordynarye of Crysten Men]. Emprynted in the cyte of London in the Flete strete in the sygne of ye sonne by Wynkyn de Worde ye yere our lorde m.ccccc.vj. Quarto.”, in Typographia, or The Printers' Instructor: Including an Account of the Origin of Printing, with Biographical Notices of the Printers of England, from Caxton to the Close of the Sixteenth Century: A Series of Ancient and Modern Alphabets, and Domesday Characters. Together with an Elucidation of Every Subject Connected with the Art, volume I, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, & Green, Paternoster Row, OCLC 825216509, page 255:
- 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: Unreliable Memoirs. Vol. IV, London: Picador, ISBN 978-0-330-48128-1; republished London: Picador, 2007, ISBN 978-0-330-48127-4, 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 […].
- (equestrianism) Often Puissance: the high-jump component of the sport of show jumping.
2013, Hilary M. Clayton; P. René van Weeren, “Performance in Equestrian Sports”, in Willem Back and Hilary M. Clayton, editors, Equine Locomotion, 2nd edition, Edinburgh; New York, N.Y.: Saunders, ↑ISBN, 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.
power, might or potency
puissance f (plural puissances)
- “puissance” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
puissance f (plural puissances)
- French: puissance