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high-powered (adj.)

1829, originally of magnification, from high (adj.) + power (v.). By 1840s of engines, 1860s of ordnance, 1900 of automobiles.

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Definitions of high-powered

high-powered (adj.)
(used of microscopes) capable of a high degree of magnification;
a high-powered microscope
high-powered (adj.)
vigorously energetic or forceful;
high-powered executives
Synonyms: high-octane / high-power / high-voltage / high-energy
From wordnet.princeton.edu