Influence

Definition of Influence

In´flu`ence   Pronunciation: ĭn´flũ`enst
n.1.A flowing in or upon; influx.
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.
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.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Influenced (ĭn"flũ*enst); p. pr. & vb. n. Influencing (ĭn"flũ*en*sĭng).]
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.

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