• WordNet 3.6
    • adj potent having a strong physiological or chemical effect "a potent toxin","potent liquor","a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"
    • adj potent (of a male) capable of copulation
    • adj potent having or wielding force or authority "providing the ground soldier with increasingly potent weapons"
    • adj potent having great influence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At age seventy, 73% of men are still potent.
    • Potent A prince; a potentate.
    • Potent A staff or crutch.
    • Potent Having great authority, control, or dominion; puissant; mighty; influential; as, a potent prince. "A potent dukedom.""Most potent , grave, and reverend signiors."
    • Potent (Her) One of the furs; a surface composed of patches which are supposed to represent crutch heads; they are always alternately argent and azure, unless otherwise specially mentioned.
    • Potent Powerful, in an intellectual or moral sense; having great influence; as, potent interest; a potent argument.
    • Potent Producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful' efficacious; as, a potent medicine. "Harsh and potent injuries.""Moses once more his potent rod extends."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Australia's box jellyfish has toxins more potent than the venom in cobras, and is one of the most dangerous jellyfish in the world
    • potent Powerful; possessed of inherent strength. Powerful in a physical sense; effective; efficacious.
    • potent Powerful in a moral sense; having great influence; cogent; prevailing; convincing: as, potent arguments; potent interest.
    • potent Having great authority, control, or dominion.
    • potent In heraldry, divided or included by a line or lines forming a series of potents: as, a fesse potent. [In this sense originally potenté.]
    • n potent A prince; a potentate.
    • n potent A crutch; a walking-staff.
    • n potent In heraldry: A figure resembling the head of a crutch, and consisting of a parallelogram laid horizontally on the top of a small square.
    • n potent A fur made up of patches or figures. There are four varieties. Of these, the first is the most common, and is generally called potent; the second is generally called counter potent; and the others are varieties which different authors describe by the above names, or by the term potent counter-potent, which is applied to one or the other indifferently.
    • n potent In watch-making, a journal plate or bearing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • adj Potent pō′tent strong: powerful in a physical or a moral sense: having great authority or influence
    • n Potent a prince, potentate
    • n Potent anything that may be possible: a possibility: the name for a function in the mathematical theory of attractions: the power of a charge or current of electricity to do work
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.”
  • Norman Schwarzkopf
    Norman Schwarzkopf
    “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.”
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “What force is more potent than love?”
  • Noel Coward
    Noel Coward
    “Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.”
  • Steven Biko
    Steven Biko
    “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. potens, -entis, p. pr. of posse, to be able, to have power, fr. potis, able, capable (akin to Skr. pati, master, lord) + esse, to be. See Host a landlord, Am, and cf. Despot Podesta Possible Power Puissant


In literature:

This girl would be a more potent factor in the intrigues for which they had destined her than they had dreamed.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
She was the daughter of a great potentate who ruled over the country of Flanders.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
Potent as the sway of his writings was over him, it expressed itself in other ways.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
He touches a clod, also; by his potent touch the clod becomes a mass {of gold}.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Moreover it is the land of potent drugs, "some beneficial and some baneful;" its physicians too, are celebrated as excelling all men.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
What potent spell was there about this fellow to attract me?
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
It is doubtful whether a change in the nature of the food is a potent cause of variability.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The spell can be counteracted by another, though less potent.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
The more simple and unforced the manner of its performance the more potently and profoundly it works.
"The Practice of Autosuggestion" by C. Harry Brooks
All are equally indescribable and intangible, but nevertheless the more real, potent, and inspiring on that account.
"Rural Life and the Rural School" by Joseph Kennedy
Nietzsche was a potent force in the nineteenth century, but not understood.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Their great mission is the creation of an intelligent public opinion, a force more potent than government itself.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
Each emotion seems more potent because it is contrasted with the other.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
It has been found the most potent form of argument.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
But as Lizzie looked closer into her face, she read the signs of a grief infinitely more potent than her own.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
At the same time he reaffirmed all that he felt before with regard to the potent quality of her being.
"Wild Oranges" by Joseph Hergesheimer
There are certain phrases potent to make my blood boil.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The extent and glamour of his empire exercised a potent spell on western Europe.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
A man acquainted with God has more power than any earthly potentate.
"Wondrous Love" by Dwight Moody
Yet that is hardly a fair way of putting it: she must not define her interest as inclination, hinting at something more potent.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird

In poetry:

Source of all kind, all potent thought!
Thou God of Goodness, and of Power!
In Thee my soul, by trouble taught,
Shall trust, as in protection's tower.
"Hymn To The Creator" by William Hayley
And canst thou, goddess, in thy potent stream,
Bid Retrospection yield its power to thine?
And Memory its sceptre too resign,
Making the past like a forgotten dream?
"To Oblivion" by Charlotte Dacre
As to that, nothing to tell,
You being all my belief;
Doubt may not enter or dwell
Here where your image is chief;
Here where your name is a spell,
Potent in joy and in grief.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part I" by Madison Julius Cawein
This wretched body trembles at your power;
Thus far could Fortune, but she can no more.
Free to herself my potent mind remains,
Nor fears the victor's rage, nor feels his chains.
"Solomon on the Vanity of the World, A Poem. In Three Books. - Pleasure. Book II." by Matthew Prior
'Twas Christ, our peace with the Almighty wrought,
'Twas Christ, our bliss and our Salvation bought,
'Twas Christ, that all of us God's children made —
'Twas Christ, that sav'd us by his potent aid.
"Christ Is All In All" by Rees Prichard
"Ah, Floronia! could'st thou know,
Mine's a flame more potent still,
Sick my heart with passion's glow,
Mad my brain with thoughts that kill.
Rome, for wisdom thou'rt renowned,
'Tis a boasted, hollow sound.
"The Vestal Virgin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb

In news:

Anti-drug groups say potent pot is risky because it affects behavior more rapidly than its weaker predecessors.
It's better that it's more potent for that particular use.
His empire under attack, a media potentate stumbles.
CVS's Potent Growth Potion .
Morales' return key to potent offense.
Screen pass is potent weapon for Bills.
It is three to four times as potent per mg as valium.
(HOST) Recently, a potent combination of mud season, cabin fever and the NCAAs inspired commentator W. D Wetherell to take his son on an outing.
So the group that no one wants to get old enough to be asked to join, the American Association of Retired Persons, is once again displaying its potent public relations muscle.
Potent Pitch, but Numbers Are Squishy .
Masters of '60s Photography, an exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art through Aug 5, features images of 1960s America that remain as potent today as they undoubtedly were when they initially appeared.
A researcher from the University of California, San Francisco found most drugs are still potent 40 years after their expiration dates.
The once-potent offense has dried up.
Within the South Jersey Media coverage area, you would be hard pressed to find a field hockey offensive more potent than the one at West Deptford High School.
Bears potent rushing with or without Forte .

In science:

The heavy curve is the dipole determined from peculiar velocity measurements as compiled by POTENT. shell generated by the inhomogeneous mass distribution interior to it, and the second term expressing the motion of the central observer generated by the totality of mass interior to the shell.
On the Prediction of Velocity Fields from Redshift Space Galaxy Samples
Plotted as the heavy curve in Figure  is the dipole in the LG frame inferred from the measured peculiar velocities of galaxies as processed in the most recent POTENT compilations (Dekel et al.  b).
On the Prediction of Velocity Fields from Redshift Space Galaxy Samples
POTENT is a useful tool for this analysis, since it is capable of generating a full sky velocity map from an unevenly sampled sky distribution.
On the Prediction of Velocity Fields from Redshift Space Galaxy Samples
The POTENT inferred dipole direction points only  degrees from the IRAS dipole, and the amplitude is consistent with the IRAS dipole for (cid:12) (cid:24) :.
On the Prediction of Velocity Fields from Redshift Space Galaxy Samples
The fact that the POTENT dipole does not approach for small scale is an artifact of the  km/s gaussian smoothing in the POTENT analysis; the average (cid:13)ow velocity of material within one smoothing scale of the origin does not exactly match the motion of the local group.
On the Prediction of Velocity Fields from Redshift Space Galaxy Samples
Systematic errors such as inhomogeneous Malmquist bias are reasonably corrected for by the recent POTENT application and are not expected to have a ma jor e(cid:11)ect.
On the Prediction of Velocity Fields from Redshift Space Galaxy Samples
We are especially thankful to the POTENT and IRAS teams for allowing us to use their data prior to publication.
On the Prediction of Velocity Fields from Redshift Space Galaxy Samples
In a widely cited recent publication, Dekel et al. ( ) compared the density (cid:12)eld of IRAS selected galaxies with the divergence of the measured peculiar velocity (cid:12)eld derived from the POTENT algorithm (Bertschinger et al.  ; Dekel, Bertschinger, and Faber  ).
Estimation of Peculiar Velocity from the Inverse Tully-Fisher Relation
The POTENT method requires extensive smoothing, as well as the gridding of the peculiar velocity data, which can introduce a serious \sampling gradient bias".
Estimation of Peculiar Velocity from the Inverse Tully-Fisher Relation
Nusser and Davis ( ) used an early version of this Mark dataset processed through the POTENT algorithm to compare the inferred dipole of the radial peculiar velocity (cid:12)eld to that expected from the . Jy IRAS redshift survey data (Fisher et al.  a).
Estimation of Peculiar Velocity from the Inverse Tully-Fisher Relation
Thus it is worth comparing the field with density reconstructions from other techniques such as the POTENT algorithm (Bertschinger & Dekel 1989).
Real-space cosmic fields from redshift-space distributions: a Green function approach
A brief summary of the formulation of QCD at finite chemical potental, µ, is presented.
Results on Finite Density QCD
The “POTENT” analysis tries to recover the scalar velocity potential from the galaxy peculiar velocities.
Dark Matter and Structure Formation in the Universe
This argument is independent of assumptions about Λ or galaxy formation, but of course it does depend on the success of POTENT in recovering the peculiar velocities of galaxies.
Dark Matter and Structure Formation in the Universe
The PDF deduced by POTENT from observed velocities (i.e., the PDF of the mass, if the POTENT reconstruction is reliable) is far from Gaussian today, with a long positive-fluctuation tail.
Dark Matter and Structure Formation in the Universe