(Po"tent*ness), n. The quality or state of being potent; powerfulness; potency; efficacy.
(Po"tes*tate) n. A chief ruler; a potentate. [Obs.] Wyclif. "An irous potestate." Chaucer.
(Po*tes"ta*tive) a. [L. potestativus, fr. potestas power: cf. F. potestatif. See Potent.]
Authoritative. [Obs.] Bp. Pearson.
1. A pot-shaped cannon; a mortar. [Obs.] "Twelve potguns of brass." Hakluyt.
2. A popgun. [Obs.] Swift.
(Poth"e*ca*ry) n. An apothecary. [Obs.]
(Po*theen") n. See Poteen.
(Poth"er) n. [Cf. D. peuteren to rummage, poke. Cf. Potter, Pudder.] Bustle; confusion; tumult; flutter; bother.
[Written also potter, and pudder.] "What a pother and stir!" Oldham. "Coming on with a terrible pother."
(Poth"er), v. i. To make a bustle or stir; to be fussy.
(Poth"er), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pothered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pothering.] To harass and perplex; to
worry. "Pothers and wearies himself." Locke.
(Pot"hole`) n. A circular hole formed in the rocky beds of rivers by the grinding action of stones
or gravel whirled round by the water in what was at first a natural depression of the rock.
1. An S-shaped hook on which pots and kettles are hung over an open fire.
2. A written character curved like a pothook; (pl.) a scrawled writing. "I long to be spelling her Arabic
scrawls and pothooks." Dryden.
(Pot"house`) n. An alehouse. T. Warton.
(||Po`ti*cho*ma"ni*a ||Po`ti*cho*ma"nie) n. [F. potichomanie; potiche a porcelain vase +
manie mania.] The art or process of coating the inside of glass vessels with engravings or paintings,
so as to give them the appearance of painted ware.
(Po"tion) n. [L. potio, from potare to drink: cf. F. potion. See Poison.] A draught; a dose; usually,
a draught or dose of a liquid medicine. Shak.
(Po"tion) v. t. To drug. [Obs.] Speed.
Potlid valve, a valve covering a round hole or the end of a pipe or pump barrel, resembling a potlid in
(Pot"lid`) n. The lid or cover of a pot.
(Pot"luck`) n. Whatever may chance to be in the pot, or may be provided for a meal.
A woman whose potluck was always to be relied on.G. Eliot. To take potluck, to take what food may chance to be provided.