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power 7 [noncount] a : energy that can be collected and used to operate machines

electrical/nuclear/solar/wind/battery power

The car's engine yields more power while using less fuel.

— see also horsepower, manpower

b : the electricity that people use

We lost power during the storm.

Do you know how many watts of power your refrigerator uses per day?


Whenever a learner like me looks up a new word in a dictionary, he or she expects to see some very common examples that most people use.

For example, when I looked for the word "power", the first thing that came in my mind was "how to express that we have or don't have power to run a machine"

But some dictionaries don't have this kind of common examples.

So, let's say "you took your laptop / radio to a library & you plugged its cable into a socket & there was no power, what you you say in this situation"

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You took your laptop / radio to a library & you plugged its cable into a socket & there was no power - what would you say in this situation?

I would say that the socket is dead, or isn't working.

This is because I would first assume that the problem was with the socket. We tend to know if there is a power cut because lights go off, air-conditioning/heating goes off etc.

In a power cut we would say exactly that - there has been a power cut - or that there is no power in the building.

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