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superpower

[soo-per-pou-er] /ˈsu pərˌpaʊ ər/
noun
1.
an extremely powerful nation, especially one capable of influencing international events and the acts and policies of less powerful nations.
2.
power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or has previously existed.
3.
power, especially mechanical or electric power, on an extremely large scale secured by the linking together of a number of separate power systems, with a view to more efficient and economical generation and distribution.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; super- + power
Related forms
superpowered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for superpowered

superpower

/ˈsuːpəˌpaʊə/
noun
1.
an extremely powerful state, such as the US
2.
extremely high power, esp electrical or mechanical
Derived Forms
superpowered, adjective
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Word Origin and History for superpowered

superpower

n.

1944, in geopolitical sense of "nation with great interest and ability to exert force in worldwide theaters of conflict," from super- + power (n.). The word itself is attested in physical senses from 1922.

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