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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n potence the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Potence Potency; capacity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n potence Power; potency.
    • n potence In heraldry: A bearing of the shape of a capital T—that is, a cross tau.
    • n potence The termination of an ordinary or other bearing when of that form.
    • n potence In watch-making, the counter-bridge to the main cock or bridge on the top plate of a watch, holding the jeweling for the balance-staff, cylinder, or verge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Potence power:
    • ns Potence (her.) a marking of the shape of T: in horology, the stud or counterbridge forming a step for the lower pivot of a verge (also Pō′tance)
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  • D. H. Lawrence
    “The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action, in man.”
  • Ralph Ellison
    Ralph Ellison
    “If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. LL. potentia, staff, crutch, L., might, power. See Potency
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. potenspotis, able, esse, to be.


In literature:

He had not thought of the potency of this line of attack.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
The houses were not all of equal potency.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
The craze for the antique then, as now, had no such potency as may be positively relied upon.
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
There is no true potency, remember, but that of help; nor true ambition, but ambition to save.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
It satisfied and satiated with its rich potency.
"Aunt Jane of Kentucky" by Eliza Calvert Hall
All the past is in the present, and in it also is the potency of the future.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Meantime the mystery of the water's potency seems to have been solved.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Old prejudices have not entirely lost their potency.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, July 1887" by Various
Anxious to know the worst, and willing, in such an emergency, to try the potency of gold, he overcame his reluctance to speak to Magua.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper
Insane laughter re-echoed in his ears, and the music of lutes, irresistible in its languor-compelling potency.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
A whiff of peculiarly overpowering potency, reaching you, made you turn away, and then the immense disorder of the camp seized and held your eyes.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
They need to reverse this order so as to add efficiency and potency to the Brahmo Somaj.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The mind thus becomes "a silent, transforming, sanative energy" of great potency and power.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
The amazing potency of strong drink was here being exemplified as never before in the history of Time.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
Another influence of equal potency is the economy of machinery effected by working longer hours.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
This has undoubtedly been due to influences of the highest potency.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
Such a prize would be a proof to all the tribe of the potency of his new weapon.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Having a clear conscience and a fine appetite, in spite of the potency of her tea Mrs. Gammit slept soundly.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
She swayed, graceful as a reed in the wind, charged with potency.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Adelle had occasion to observe the potency of her lamp in this society.
"Clark's Field" by Robert Herrick

In poetry:

There is no right a freeman has
So purely sacred as his choice.
How e'er bereft he'll cling to this,
And in its potency rejoice:
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
There's not a soothing anodyne
Or sedative I know,
Such potency can ever hold
As that which lovingly controlled
My spirit long ago.
"My Mother's Hand" by Hattie Howard
Hail Flag of our country, when thrown to the breeze
Thy power is acknowledged, far over the seas.
Thy influence so boundless, that none may deny,
Thy potency reaches all lands, 'neath the sky.
"Stars And Stripes" by Mary Weston Fordham
But my young limbs are strong,
My throat thirsts for a song!
The meanings and the potencies of youth
Are gathering in my reins
And throbbing in my veins;
I pant and pine for deep clean springs of Truth!
"Full-Fledged (Une barbe de jeune dieu)" by Maurice Thompson
The Paroo may be quickly crossed - the Eulo Common's bare;
And, anyhow, it isn't wise, old man! to dally there.
Alack-a-day! far wiser men than you and I succumb
To woman's wiles, and potency of Queensland wayside rum.
"West" by Harry Breaker Morant
The intimate companionship of saddle, spur, and gun,
The joy of leather, smooth and strong, of silver in the sun,
The grip of trout-rod to the hand, the play of jeweled reel,
The stock that fits the shoulder-curve--the potency of steel.
"Bronco Shod With Wings" by Henry Herbert Knibbs

In news:

Potency after prostate cancer varies widely.
Dollar just doesn't have as much potency, new report finds.
To test the potency of four variations of the quintessential summer cocktail, the writer drank six ounces of each on consecutive nights.
Beckham unwittingly pitches potency pills.
In strikes on US in Afghanistan, Taliban reveals new potency .
New Potency in Electronic Control.
Anthrax Sent Through Mail Gained Potency by the Letter.
I'm looking forward to recommending an affordable, high-potency option for my patients who need extra digestive support.
For GOP, Taxes Retain Potency.
I believe they just find the next one on the list that has a quite high potency and sell it, they simply are not aware at all of the detrimental effects, which seem worse than a year ago.
Resvida is a high-potency resveratrol for healthy aging.
A mini-Explainer on the potency of secondhand marijuana smoke.
For a lot of the genre, that's where the potency of the form begins and ends .
Potency of political ads fleeting at best.
None of those opponents had the potency of Louisiana Tech.

In science:

We will consider a pre-order on types which takes into account the idem-potence, commutativity and associativity of the intersection type constructor, and defines ⊤ to be the maximal element.
Sound and Complete Typing for lambda-mu
It is only after two years of struggle to arrive at the correct field equations with no avail that he was led to reconsider general covariance, despite the hole argument, and realized the full significance and potency of the principle it enjoys today.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
For instance, the potency of general covariance is strikingly manifest in the following circumstance: if Aµ is a vector field on a general relativistic manifold M, then, unlike the situation in electromagnetism discussed above, the value Aµ (x) at a particular point x ∈ M has no invariant physical meaning.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
SOC state have maximum complexity and latent computing potency.
The effect of synchronized area on SOC behavior in a kind of Neural Network Model
Not hearing back from me, he put the remarkable expression (albeit with some typos that obscured its potency) into Ref. .
Using the Wigner-Ibach Surmise to Analyze Terrace-Width Distributions: History, User's Guide, and Advances
Modeling antiretroviral response: Effects of drug potency, pharmacokinetics, adherence and drug resistance.
A dynamic Bayesian nonlinear mixed-effects model of HIV response incorporating medication adherence, drug resistance and covariates
The values of α, x, and y are obtained by realizing that two quantities are equal just when the potencies of the three fundamental units are the same.
Natural units, numbers and numerical clusters
Figure 9: A β -sequence is a sequence of framed links which have regular pro jections that are identical outside a circle and differ within by potences of a framed braid.
Invariants of 3-manifolds from representations of the framed-tangle category
A simple example are Conway sequences where the number of strands is 2 and therefore only potences of the unique generator S itself appear.
Invariants of 3-manifolds from representations of the framed-tangle category
Lemma 12 If there is no nonzero S -compatible endomorphism in the i-th tensor potence then there is also no nonzero S -compatible endomorphism for m > i.
Invariants of 3-manifolds from representations of the framed-tangle category
It remains to show that the above differences An are S -compatible in each tensor potence n.
Invariants of 3-manifolds from representations of the framed-tangle category
In Section 4, we recall the concepts of potency and ‘being residually a finite p-group for each prime p’, and we show that S enjoys these properties, and we discuss connections with early work of Karl Gruenberg.
Non-orientable surface-plus-one-relation groups
The potency of S is used later in Section 6 to show that G is virtually torsion free.
Non-orientable surface-plus-one-relation groups
Potency of S = h (x, y) ∨ z[1↑d] | [x, y ]u i In this section, we prove a useful fact about S and recall some related history.
Non-orientable surface-plus-one-relation groups
This digression will allow us to explain how some of the techniques involved can be used to prove the potency of S directly.
Non-orientable surface-plus-one-relation groups