- IPA: /ˈɪn.flu.əns/, X-SAMPA: /"In.flu.@ns/
- The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions .
- An action exerted by a person or thing with such power on another to cause change .
- A person or thing exerting such power or action .
- ( astrology ) An element believed to determine someone's character or individual tendencies, caused by the position of the stars and planets at the time of one's birth .
- ( obsolete ) The action of flowing in; influx .
- ( electricity ) electrostatic induction .
- ( transitive ) To affect by gentle action; to exert an influence upon; to modify, bias, or sway; to persuade or induce .
- ( intransitive ) To exert, make us of one's influence .
- ( transitive, obsolete ) To cause to flow in or into; infuse; instill .
From Middle English, from Old French influence ( “emanation from the stars affecting one's fate” ), from Medieval Latin īnfluentia, from Latin īnfluēns ( “flowing in” ), present active participle of īnfluō ( “flow into” ), from in- ( “in-” ) + fluō ( “flow” ) .
Explanation of influence by Wordnet Dictionary
- the influence of mechanical action