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powers

(pow′ĕrz)
In obstetrics, a colloquial term for the mechanical forces generated by the contractions of the uterus that propel the fetus through the pelvis.
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It keeps us from ennui and mischief, is good for health and spirits, and gives us a sense of power and independence better than money or fashion.
She would not join the groups in their sports and bouts, but intoxicated with her newly conquered power, she swam out alone.
The enemy discovering our counter-mine, by the clay we threw out of the fort, desisted from that stratagem: And experience now fully convincing them that neither their power nor policy could effect their purpose, on the twentieth day of August they raised the siege, and departed.
The little power you might have once possessed over the tribe of unrealities is gone You have bartered it for a pittance of the public gold.
His appetite for the marvelous, and his powers of digesting it, were equally extraordinary; and both had been increased by his residence in this spell-bound region.
and do him homage, high and low, rich and poor, for he is become the king's right hand, is clothed with power and authority, and his seat is upon the highest step of the throne
A convention of delegates from the State Legislatures, independent of the Congress itself, was the expedient which presented itself for effecting the purpose, and an augmentation of the powers of Congress for the regulation of commerce, as the object for which this assembly was to be convened.
This great cement of society, which will diffuse itself almost wholly through the channels of the particular governments, independent of all other causes of influence, would insure them so decided an empire over their respective citizens as to render them at all times a complete counterpoise, and, not unfrequently, dangerous rivals to the power of the Union.
Our principal dislike to the organization arises from the extensive powers already lodged in that department.
All the Powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.
The form of government is the ordering and regulating of the city, and all the offices in it, particularly those wherein the supreme power is lodged; and this power is always possessed by the administration; but the administration itself is that particular form of government which is established in any state: thus in a democracy the supreme power is lodged in the whole people; on the contrary, in an oligarchy it is in the hands of a few.
Biographical historians and historians of separate nations understand this force as a power inherent in heroes and rulers.