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 for Power press
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Power \Pow"er\, n. [OE. pouer, poer, OF. poeir, pooir, F.
     pouvoir, n. & v., fr. LL. potere, for L. posse, potesse, to
     be able, to have power. See Possible, Potent, and cf.
     Posse comitatus.]
     1. Ability to act, regarded as latent or inherent; the
        faculty of doing or performing something; capacity for
        action or performance; capability of producing an effect,
        whether physical or moral: potency; might; as, a man of
        great power; the power of capillary attraction; money
        gives power. "One next himself in power, and next in
        crime." --Milton.
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     2. Ability, regarded as put forth or exerted; strength,
        force, or energy in action; as, the power of steam in
        moving an engine; the power of truth, or of argument, in
        producing conviction; the power of enthusiasm. "The power
        of fancy." --Shak.
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     3. Capacity of undergoing or suffering; fitness to be acted
        upon; susceptibility; -- called also passive power; as,
        great power of endurance.
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              Power, then, is active and passive; faculty is
              active power or capacity; capacity is passive power.
                                                    --Sir W.
                                                    Hamilton.
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     4. The exercise of a faculty; the employment of strength; the
        exercise of any kind of control; influence; dominion;
        sway; command; government.
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              Power is no blessing in itself but when it is
              employed to protect the innocent.     --Swift.
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     5. The agent exercising an ability to act; an individual
        invested with authority; an institution, or government,
        which exercises control; as, the great powers of Europe;
        hence, often, a superhuman agent; a spirit; a divinity.
        "The powers of darkness." --Milton.
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              And the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
                                                    --Matt. xxiv.
                                                    29.
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     6. A military or naval force; an army or navy; a great host.
        --Spenser.
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              Never such a power . . .
              Was levied in the body of a land.     --Shak.
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     7. A large quantity; a great number; as, a power o? good
        things. [Colloq.] --Richardson.
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     8. (Mech.)
        (a) The rate at which mechanical energy is exerted or
            mechanical work performed, as by an engine or other
            machine, or an animal, working continuously; as, an
            engine of twenty horse power.
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     Note: The English unit of power used most commonly is the
           horse power. See Horse power.
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        (b) A mechanical agent; that from which useful mechanical
            energy is derived; as, water power; steam power; hand
            power, etc.
        (c) Applied force; force producing motion or pressure; as,
            the power applied at one and of a lever to lift a
            weight at the other end.
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     Note: This use in mechanics, of power as a synonym for force,
           is improper and is becoming obsolete.
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        (d) A machine acted upon by an animal, and serving as a
            motor to drive other machinery; as, a dog power.
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     Note: Power is used adjectively, denoting, driven, or adapted
           to be driven, by machinery, and not actuated directly
           by the hand or foot; as, a power lathe; a power loom; a
           power press.
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     9. (Math.) The product arising from the multiplication of a
        number into itself; as, a square is the second power, and
        a cube is third power, of a number.
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     10. (Metaph.) Mental or moral ability to act; one of the
         faculties which are possessed by the mind or soul; as,
         the power of thinking, reasoning, judging, willing,
         fearing, hoping, etc. --I. Watts.
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               The guiltiness of my mind, the sudden surprise of
               my powers, drove the grossness . . . into a
               received belief.                     --Shak.
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     11. (Optics) The degree to which a lens, mirror, or any
         optical instrument, magnifies; in the telescope, and
         usually in the microscope, the number of times it
         multiplies, or augments, the apparent diameter of an
         object; sometimes, in microscopes, the number of times it
         multiplies the apparent surface.
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     12. (Law) An authority enabling a person to dispose of an
         interest vested either in himself or in another person;
         ownership by appointment. --Wharton.
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     13. Hence, vested authority to act in a given case; as, the
         business was referred to a committee with power.
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     Note: Power may be predicated of inanimate agents, like the
           winds and waves, electricity and magnetism,
           gravitation, etc., or of animal and intelligent beings;
           and when predicated of these beings, it may indicate
           physical, mental, or moral ability or capacity.
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     Mechanical powers. See under Mechanical.
  
     Power loom, or Power press. See Def. 8
         (d), note.
  
     Power of attorney. See under Attorney.
  
     Power of a point (relative to a given curve) (Geom.), the
        result of substituting the coordinates of any point in
        that expression which being put equal to zero forms the
        equation of the curve; as, x^{2 + y^{2} - 100 is the
        power of the point x, y, relative to the circle x^{2 +
        y^{2 - 100 = 0.
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