# Leverage vs. Power

## Difference Between Leverage and Power

#### Leveragenoun

A force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot; see torque.

A crowbar uses leverage to pry nails out of wood.

#### Powernoun

(social) Ability to coerce, influence or control.

#### Leveragenoun

By extension, any influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage.

Try using competitors’ prices for leverage in the negotiation.

#### Powernoun

(countable) Ability to affect or influence.

#### Leveragenoun

(finance) The use of borrowed funds with a contractually determined return to increase the ability of a business to invest and earn an expected higher return, but usually at high risk.

Leverage is great until something goes wrong with your investments and you still have to pay your debts.

#### Powernoun

Control or coercion, particularly legal or political (jurisdiction).

#### Leveragenoun

(business) The ability to earn very high returns when operating at high capacity utilization of a facility.

Their variable-cost-reducing investments have dramatically increased their leverage.

#### Powernoun

(metonymy) (chiefly in the plural) The people in charge of legal or political power, the government.

#### Leverageverb

To use; to exploit; to manipulate in order to take full advantage (of something).

They plan to leverage the publicity into a good distribution agreement.They plan to leverage off the publicity to get a good distribution agreement.

#### Powernoun

(metonymy) An influential nation, company, or other such body.

#### Leveragenoun

the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever

Effectiveness.

#### Leveragenoun

strategic advantage; power to act effectively;

relatively small groups can sometimes exert immense political leverage

#### Powernoun

Physical force or strength.

He needed a lot of power to hit the ball out of the stadium.

#### Leveragenoun

investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains (at the risk of greater losses)

#### Powernoun

Electricity or a supply of electricity.

After the pylons collapsed, this town was without power for a few days.

#### Leverageverb

supplement with leverage;

leverage the money that is already available

#### Powernoun

A measure of the rate of doing work or transferring energy.

#### Leverageverb

provide with leverage;

We need to leverage this company

#### Powernoun

The strength by which a lens or mirror magnifies an optical image.

We need a microscope with higher power.

#### Powernoun

Any of the elementary forms or parts of machines: three primary (the lever, inclined plane, and pulley) and three secondary (the wheel-and-axle, wedge, and screw).

the mechanical powers

(mathematics)

#### Powernoun

A product of equal factors (and generalizations of this notion): $x^n$, read as "$x$ to the power of $n$" or the like, is called a power and denotes the product $x \times x \times \cdots \times x$, where $x$ appears $n$ times in the product; $x$ is called the base and $n$ the exponent.

#### Powernoun

(set theory) Cardinality.

#### Powernoun

(statistics) The probability that a statistical test will reject the null hypothesis when the alternative hypothesis is true.

#### Powernoun

In Christian angelology, an intermediate level of angels, ranked above archangels, but exact position varies by classification scheme.

#### Powerverb

(transitive) To provide power for (a mechanical or electronic device).

#### Powerverb

(transitive) To hit or kick something forcefully.

#### Powerverb

To enable or provide the impetus for.

Impressive.

#### Powernoun

possession of controlling influence;

the deterrent power of nuclear weaponsthe power of his love saved herhis powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade

#### Powernoun

(physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)

#### Powernoun

possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done;

danger heightened his powers of discrimination

#### Powernoun

a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world

#### Powernoun

(of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power;

being in office already gives a candidate a great advantageduring his first year in officeduring his first year in powerthe power of the president

#### Powernoun

one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority;

the mysterious presence of an evil powermay the force be with youthe forces of evil

#### Powernoun

physical strength

#### Powernoun

a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself

#### Powernoun

a very wealthy or powerful businessman;

an oil baron

#### Powerverb

supply the force or power for the functioning of;

The gasoline powers the engines