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high-powered

[hahy-pou-erd] /ˈhaɪˈpaʊ ərd/
adjective
1.
extremely energetic, dynamic, and capable:
high-powered executives.
2.
of a forceful and driving character:
high-powered selling techniques.
3.
capable of a high degree of magnification:
a high-powered microscope.
4.
very powerful.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • And you get a bird's-eye view from platforms mounted with high-powered scopes.
  • Using high-powered microscopes, they took a closer look at this hominid's teeth.
  • We also employed high-powered microscopes to capture the many beautiful patterns and structures visible inside foods.
  • More exotic ideas involve employing high-powered lasers or ejecting a series of tiny relay devices, akin to messages in a bottle.
  • The surrounding area is then washed down with high-powered hoses.
  • But he did have one peculiar appurtenance: around his neck hung high-powered binoculars, painted shiny gold.
  • Examination under a high-powered microscope revealed a trio of narrow grooves cut into the fragile wax.
  • Most top coaches come armed with high-powered agents, many of whom also represent professional athletes and coaches.
  • We have heard similarly lame excuses from other high-powered academic plagiarists.
  • Under a high-powered microscope the silica shells of single-celled algae are revealed in all their manifold beauty.
British Dictionary definitions for high-powered

high-powered

adjective
1.
(of an optical instrument or lens) having a high magnification: a high-powered telescope
2.
dynamic and energetic; highly capable
3.
possessing great strength, power, etc: a high-powered engine
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Word Origin and History for high-powered
adj.

1903, originally of automobiles, from high (adj.) + power (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for high-powered

high-powered

adjective

Forceful; energetic; high-octane, punchy: George is a real high-powered salesman

[1930s+; used of cars by 1903]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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