[ noun ] a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc


: "used her parents' influence to get the job"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

Regarding Atlanta 's new million dollar airport , the jury recommended `` that when the new management takes_charge Jan. 1 the airport be operated in a manner that will eliminate political influences '' .

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

The professor in_turn dares not tolerate the influence in his classes of an organization in the policies and standards of which he has no voice .

(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)

The magnetic_moment of an unpaired electron associated nearby may have a tremendous influence on the magnetic_resonance properties of nuclei .

It is important to consider and experimentally verify this influence since quantitative nuclear_resonance is becoming increasingly used in investigations of structure .

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

At_the_same_time that religion exercises a conserving influence , it also energizes and motivates both individuals and groups .

Related terms

power force dead_hand grip charm

[ verb ] have and exert influence or effect


work act_upon


"The artist's work influenced the young painter" "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

Used in print

(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

Nevertheless , Prokofieff was much influenced by Paris during the Twenties : the Paris which was the artistic center of the Western World - the social Paris to which Russian aristocracy migrated - the chic Paris which attracted the tourist dollars of rich America - the avant-garde Paris of Diaghileff , Stravinsky , Koussevitzky , Cocteau , Picasso - the laissez-faire Paris of Dadaism and ultramodern art - the Paris sympathique which took young composers to her bosom with such quick and easy enthusiasms .

(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)

Are you following competition willy-nilly - trying to match dollar for dollar - or are you experimenting with new means for reaching and influencing consumers ?

(Newton Stallknecht, "Ideas and Literature," in Newton S...)

It is true that this distinction between style and idea often approaches the arbitrary since in_the_end we must admit that style and content frequently influence or interpenetrate one another and sometimes appear as expressions of the same insight .

We may also recognize cases in which the poets have influenced the philosophers and even indirectly the scientists .

(Morton A. Kaplan and Nicholas de B. Katzenbach,...)

The efforts of various interest groups to control or influence governmental decisions , particularly when taken in conjunction with the impact of industrialization , led to a concentration of attention on the legislative power and the means whereby policy could be formulated and enforced as law through bureaucratic institutions .

[ noun ] causing something without any direct or apparent effort

Used in print

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

De_Jager ( 1955 ) has calculated the times required for these particles to reach the atmosphere under the influence of the Poynting-Robertson effect , which in this case causes the orbits to become more_and_more eccentric without changing the semi major_axis .

(Jacob Robbins et al., "The thyroid-stimulating...)

Similar results might be expected from the influence of drugs or pathological conditions that limit iodide trapping , or organification , or accelerate thyroglobulin proteolysis .

(E. Gellhorn, "Prolegomena to a theory of the emotions"...)

MacLean stressed correctly the importance of the visceral_brain for preservation of the individual and the species , as evidenced by the influence of the limbic_brain ( including the hypothalamus ) on emotions related_to fight and flight and also on sexual functions .

The emotional_states produced by drugs influence the cortical_potentials in a characteristic manner ; synchrony prevails in the EEG of the experimental animal after administration of tranquilizers , but asynchrony after application of analeptic and psychoactive_drugs .

Nevertheless , the theory that the determining influence of the hypothalamic balance has a profound influence on the clinical behavior of neuropsychiatric patients has not_yet been tested on an adequate number of patients .

[ noun ] a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do


"her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"

Used in print

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

And the emphasis on nationalism in America is in_proportion_to the growth of American influence across the world .

Historians have come to recognize two cardinal facts concerning nationalism and international influence .

[ verb ] shape or influence; give direction to


"experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"

Used in print

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

Obviously Sloan 's early years were influenced by his close friend Robert_Henri .

(Ernest Becker, Zen: A Rational Critique. New York: W.W....)

The Taoists believed the unity could be influenced by proper magical manipulation ; in_other_words , they were actually an organization of magicians .

[ noun ] the effect of one thing (or person) on another


"the influence of mechanical action"

Used in print

(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)

The crude picture of the detergency process thus_far developed can be represented as : * * f The influence of mechanical action on the particles of free soil may be compared to that of kinetic_energy on a molecular scale .

[ verb ] induce into action by using one's charm


tempt charm


"She charmed him into giving her all his money"

[ noun ] one having power to influence another


: "she was the most important influence in my life" "he was a bad influence on the children"

Related terms

power charm