Definitions for: Puissance


[n] power to influence or coerce; "the puissance of the labor vote"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pu"is*sance, n. [F., fr. puissant. See Puissant,
and cf. Potency, Potance, Potence.]
Power; strength; might; force; potency. `` Youths of
puissance.'' --Tennyson.

The power and puissance of the king. --Shak.

Note: In Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton, puissance and
puissant are usually dissyllables.

See Also: power, powerfulness

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