(Pot"e*ca*ry) n. An apothecary. [Obs.]
(Po*teen") n. [Cf. Ir. potaim, poitim, I drink, poitin a small pot.] Whisky; especially, whisky
illicitly distilled by the Irish peasantry. [Written also potheen, and potteen.]
(Po"te*lot) n. [F.,; cf. G. pottloth black lead.] (Old Chem. & Min.) Molybdenum sulphide.
(Po"tence) n. [F., fr. LL. potentia staff, crutch, L., might, power. See Potency.] Potency; capacity.
[R.] Sir W. Hamilton.
(Po"ten*cy) n. [L. potentia, from potens, -entis, potent. See Potent, and cf. Potance, Potence,
Puissance.] The quality or state of being potent; physical or moral power; inherent strength; energy; ability
to effect a purpose; capability; efficacy; influence. "Drugs of potency." Hawthorne.
A place of potency and away o' the state.Shak.
(Po"tent) a. [L. potens, - entis, p. pr. of posse to be able, to have power, fr. potis able, capable
(akin to Skr. pati master, lord) + esse to be. See Host a landlord, Am, and cf. Despot, Podesta,
Possible, Power, Puissant.]
1. Producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful' efficacious; as, a potent medicine. "Harsh and potent
Moses once more his potent rod extends.Milton.
2. Having great authority, control, or dominion; puissant; mighty; influential; as, a potent prince. "A potent
Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors.Shak.
3. Powerful, in an intellectual or moral sense; having great influence; as, potent interest; a potent argument.
Cross potent. (Her.) See Illust. (7) of Cross.
Syn. Powerful; mighty; puissant; strong; able; efficient; forcible; efficacious; cogent; influential.
1. A prince; a potentate. [Obs.] Shak.
2. [See Potence.] A staff or crutch. [Obs.]
3. (Her.) One of the furs; a surface composed of patches which are supposed to represent crutch heads; they
are always alternately argent and azure, unless otherwise specially mentioned.
Counter potent (Her.), a fur differing from potent in the arrangement of the patches.
(Po"ten*ta*cy) n. [See Potentate.] Sovereignty. [Obs.]