Definition of firepower in English:



  • The destructive capacity of guns, missiles, or a military force (used with reference to the number and size of weapons available)

    ‘the enormous disparity in firepower between the two sides’
    figurative ‘the well-funded legal firepower of the tobacco companies’
    • ‘Few generals have ever had such an addiction to firepower, or such a conviction that their front was the vital theatre of war.’
    • ‘Brokers say it could add to its firepower by announcing a huge sale and leaseback deal on its portfolio of freehold properties.’
    • ‘Its firepower will surpass that of the armored personnel carriers now in service.’
    • ‘It was designed to concentrate firepower to disrupt and destroy the opponent's military capability.’
    • ‘The bad guys in a single city may have more firepower than that carried by the allied troops on D Day.’
    • ‘The Argylls, being a light unit, were short on armour, firepower and mobility.’
    • ‘Four Warrior armoured personnel carriers arrived and in terms of firepower gave the troops the upper hand.’
    • ‘They command awesome firepower and supervise the most terrible weapons of mass destruction ever devised.’
    • ‘We have some tremendous firepower available to us in the form of Air Force and Naval air.’
    • ‘It certainly has the financial firepower to add to its current interests.’
    • ‘The firepower of an infantry company was increased by a third as the pikemen were phased out and issued with muskets and bayonets.’
    • ‘Over the years 24 versions were made and the Spitfire doubled in weight, engine power and firepower.’
    • ‘Jeeps can carry up to three soldiers, making them fast troop transports with plenty of firepower.’
    • ‘They would have had to develop more offensive firepower and find a few more shooters.’
    • ‘He was not unaware of the new conditions in warfare that favoured defensive firepower.’
    • ‘With all this firepower, a spat between clans often turns into a pitched battle.’
    • ‘The highly trained Rangers can field formidable firepower for such a small and mobile force.’
    • ‘In plain English, it means the enemy fears the Indian Army's increasing firepower.’
    • ‘He says that the corporate banking side will now have enough firepower to look at far bigger deals.’
    • ‘As the threat of a Cold War recedes, they unleash their tanks and firepower on prehistoric burial mounds.’