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Puissance (dissyll. or trisyll.) 1) strength: “not arrived to pith and p.” H5 III Chor. H5 III Chor. “thereby is England mained and fain to go with a staff, but that my p. holds it up,” H6B IV, 2, 173.
2) armed force: “draw our p. together,” John III, 1, 339. “to look with forehead bold and big enough upon the power and p. of the king,” H4B I, 3, 9. “come against us in full p.” H4B I, 3, 9 “till that the nobles and the armed commons have of their p. made a little taste,” II, 3, 52. “make imaginary p.” II, 3, 52. “let us deliver our p. into the hand of God,” II, 2, 190. “in the main battle, whose p. shall be well winged with our chiefest horse,” R3 V, 3, 299.
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