• WordNet 3.6
    • v influence shape or influence; give direction to "experience often determines ability","mold public opinion"
    • v influence induce into action by using one's charm "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
    • v influence have and exert influence or effect "The artist's work influenced the young painter","She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
    • n influence causing something without any direct or apparent effort
    • n influence a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc "used her parents' influence to get the job"
    • n influence a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
    • n influence one having power to influence another "she was the most important influence in my life","he was a bad influence on the children"
    • n influence the effect of one thing (or person) on another "the influence of mechanical action"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Hong Kong, delivery times are primarily influenced by traffic conditions on elevators. It often takes drivers longer to travel vertically than horizontally, as access to elevators is so congested during "high peak" hours. This is due to the volume of people residing in high rises
    • Influence A flowing in or upon; influx. "God hath his influence into the very essence of all things."
    • Influence Hence, in general, the bringing about of an effect, physical or moral, by a gradual process; controlling power quietly exerted; agency, force, or tendency of any kind which affects, modifies, or sways; as, the influence which the sun exerts on animal and vegetable life; the influence of education on the mind; the influence, according to astrologers, of the stars over affairs. "Astrologers call the evil influences of the stars, evil aspects.""Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?""She said : “Ah, dearest lord! what evil star
      On you hath frown'd, and poured, his influence bad?”"
    • Influence (Elec) Induction.
    • Influence Power or authority arising from elevated station, excelence of character or intellect, wealth, etc.; reputation; acknowledged ascendency; as, he is a man of influence in the community. "Such influence hath your excellency."
    • v. t Influence To control or move by power, physical or moral; to affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to affect; to move; to persuade; to induce. "These experiments succeed after the same manner in vacuo as in the open air, and therefore are not influenced by the weight or pressure of the atmosphere.""This standing revelation . . . is sufficient to influence their faith and practice, if they attend.""The principle which influenced their obedience has lost its efficacy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n influence A flowing in; direct influx of energy: followed by into.
    • n influence In astrology, the radiation of power from the stars in certain positions and collocations, affecting human actions and destinies; a supposed positive occult power exerted by the stars over human affairs.
    • n influence Outgoing energy or potency that produces effects (primarily internal), or affects, modifies, or sways by insensible or invisible means that to which it is directed or on which it operates: sometimes used for the effect produced: as, the influence of heat on vegetation; the influence of climate on character; the influence of the moon on the tides; the influence of example on the young.
    • n influence Capacity or power for producing effects by insensible or invisible means; authority; power; ascendancy over others; sway: as, a man of influence; a position of great influence.
    • n influence In electricity and magnetism, same as induction, 6.
    • influence To exercise influence on; modify, affect, or sway, especially by intangible or invisible means; act on or affect by the transmission of some energy or potency: as, the sun influences the tides; to influence a person by the hope of reward or the fear of punishment.
    • influence Synonyms To lead, induce, move, impel, actuate, prevail upon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Influence in′flōō-ens power exerted on men or things: power in operation: authority
    • v.t Influence to affect: to move: to direct
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  • George Eliot
    “Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    “Are you a SNIOP? Someone who is Sensitive to the Negative Influence Of Others?”
  • William James
    “Events are influenced by our very great desires.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The future influences the present just as much as the past.”
  • Salvador Dali
    “The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. influence, fr. L. influens, -entis, p. pr. See Influent, and cf. Influenza


In literature:

The extent of Roman influence may be gauged by the position which the various parts of the country occupied towards this highway.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
The provinces could not be left to the Turks; Austria could not allow them to fall under Russian influence.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
It underwent the disturbing influence, not the conservative.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The lungs thus become a ready inlet to contagion, miasmata, and other poisonous influences diffused through the air we breathe.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
But such means are often supplemented by ceremonies that involve some sort of supernatural influence.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The legitimate influence of these mining-camps upon the United States was great.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
She wrote several works of a republican character, for home influence; among these, in 1775.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
This also used its influence to undo the work of the Revolutionary radicals.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
This by no means proves that the greater home influence is always a social asset.
"Rural Problems of Today" by Ernest R. Groves
Under the influence of such stimuli, the venus plexuses making up the vaginal bulbs also become distended with blood.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll

In poetry:

And all the influence that I have,
Which to these thieves is given,
Is pointing out the way that leads
Their little souls to heaven.
"Heart Thieves. I John, 3:18" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Each grace of our celestial birth
From thy blest influence springs;
Which plants, and nourishes, and guards,
And to perfection brings.
"Hymn of Sovereign Grace" by Augustus Montague Toplady
'Twas just a womanly presence,
An influence unexprest,
But a rose she had worn, on my gravesod
Were more than long life with the rest!
"The Dead House" by James Russell Lowell
She, outworn with woe and weeping,
Shared that influence from above;
And the fear of death went sleeping
In the maiden faith and love.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Of his good influence, not yet wholly dead,
Though sunk and buried o'er
By dust from the left angel's evil tread,
Now sounding more and more.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
O gracious dead!
That watch me from your paradise
With happy tender starlike eyes,
Let your sweet influence rain
me blessings from the skies.
"The Dead" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai may be indelibly linked to the country's Muslims, despite the likelihood of outside influence.
We propose a measure of predictive influence of data points modelled by PCA which we minimise to drive the clustering process.
Philip Wylie's influential book Generation of Vipers rails against maternal influences in American culture.
First, the Al Sharptons and Rachel Maddows of the left don't have the same influence as their counterparts on the right.
Their positions of global warming and alternative energy have directly influenced our presidents and congressmen and have been the basis for America's energy policy.
Its operations span the globe, and it behaves like a powerful sovereign, exercising immense influence over the governments of the United States and many other nations in which it has operations.
The Belgians had founded the city in 1881, during what historians call "The Scramble for Africa," when colonial powers carved up the continent into areas of influence.
Does whoever runs for vice president influence your vote.
Miller's influence is obvious: he wrote the 1945 novel on which the film is based.
That debate is critical because how we explain the crisis will influence what we do.
The Times of Trenton file photo Princeton Township Committee member Lance Liverman was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence after he hit a truck on the side of I-95 in Hopewell.
Gender, cultural background, birthplace, occupation and personality all influence communication .
The influence of magnesium stearate (MgSt) on powder lubrication and finished solid-dose properties presents big challenges to drug manufacturers.
During his instrumental set, you'll hear a variety of influences in his music.
Author, commentator, civil rights activist and Princeton University professor Cornel West has been arrested while protesting on the steps of the Supreme Court about corporate influence in politics.

In science:

The bubbles have two opposite types of influence on instant velocity.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
My present goal is to find out the properties of the motion in the state space subject to the joint influence of all 3 aspects of the boundedness conjecture: the static and the dynamical boundedness and the spatial coherence.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
Primitive ports do not change node dynamics. However, compound ports are able to influence processes not only in the node to which they belong but also in the whole grid automaton.
Mathematical Models in Schema Theory
So with growing k the direct influence of the noise goes away.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
This principle helps to explain the influence of context in recall and recognition memory performance.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex