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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in·flu·ence /ˈɪnˌfluən(t)s, ||ɪnˈ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 In·flu·ence n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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
           upon, work]
      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]