in·flu·ence /ˈɪnˌfluən(t)s, ||ɪnˈ/
In·flu·ence, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Influenced p. pr. & vb. n. Influencing ] To control or move by power, physical or moral; to affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to affect; to move; to persuade; to induce.
These experiments succeed after the same manner in vacuo as in the open air, and therefore are not influenced by the weight or pressure of the atmosphere. --Sir I. Newton.
This standing revelation . . . is sufficient to influence their faith and practice, if they attend. --Attebury.
The principle which influenced their obedience has lost its efficacy. --Rogers.
1. A flowing in or upon; influx. [Obs.]
God hath his influence into the very essence of all things. --Hooker.
2. Hence, in general, the bringing about of an effect, physical or moral, by a gradual process; controlling power quietly exerted; agency, force, or tendency of any kind which affects, modifies, or sways; as, the influence which the sun exerts on animal and vegetable life; the influence of education on the mind; the influence, according to astrologers, of the stars over affairs.
Astrologers call the evil influences of the stars, evil aspects. --Bacon.
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? --Job xxxviii. 31.
She said : “Ah, dearest lord! what evil star
On you hath frown'd, and poured, his influence bad?” --Spenser.
3. Power or authority arising from elevated station, excelence of character or intellect, wealth, etc.; reputation; acknowledged ascendency; as, he is a man of influence in the community.
Such influence hath your excellency. --Sir P. Sidney.
4. Elec. Induction.
Syn: -- Control; persuasion; ascendency; sway; power; authority; supremacy; mastery; management; restraint; character; reputation; prestige.
n 1: a power to affect persons or events especially power based
on prestige etc; "used her parents' influence to get the
2: causing something without any direct or apparent effort
3: a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you
do; "her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
4: the effect of one thing (or person) on another; "the
influence of mechanical action"
5: one having power to influence another; "she was the most
important influence in my life"; "he was a bad influence
on the children"
v 1: have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work
influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her
friends to support the political candidate" [syn: act
2: shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often
determines ability"; "mold public opinion" [syn: determine,
shape, mold, regulate]
3: induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him
into giving her all his money" [syn: charm, tempt]