What is influence?

  • (noun): One having power to influence another.
    Example: "She was the most important influence in my life"; "he was a bad influence on the children"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on influence:

Tarzan - Character Biography - Legacy
... amongst whom was Jane Goodall, who describes the Tarzan series as having a major influence on her childhood ... Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli has been cited as a major influence on Edgar Rice Burroughs' creation of Tarzan ... Mowgli was also an influence for a number of other "wild boy" characters ...
Jean Giraud - Influence and Legacy
... Many artists from around the world have cited Giraud as an influence on their work ... when I discovered it, I already had a consolidated style so I couldn't use its influence to enrich my drawing ... I directed Nausicaä under Moebius's influence ...
Mixed Economy - Historic Examples
... where the government exerts strong directive influence ... Under its influence France experienced what is called "Thirty Glorious Years" of profound economic growth ... Under its influence Germany has emerged from desolation and defeat to become an industrial giant within the European Union ...
Uyghur Language - History
... Old Turkic, through the influence of Perso-Arabic after the 13th century, developed into the Chagatai language, a literary language used all across Central ... in the Chagatai-speaking region, showing abundant Chaghatai influence ... Uyghur language today shows considerable Persian influence as a result from Chagatai, including numerous Persian loanwords ...
New York Dolls - History - Influence
... Dolls were first and foremost a major influence on the rock music scene in New York City, having accumulated a devoted cult following during their career ...

More definitions of "influence":

  • (noun): Causing something without any direct or apparent effort.
  • (verb): Have and exert influence or effect.
    Synonyms: act upon, work
  • (noun): A cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do.
    Example: "Her wishes had a great influence on his thinking"
  • (noun): The effect of one thing (or person) on another.
    Example: "The influence of mechanical action"
  • (verb): Induce into action by using one's charm.
    Synonyms: charm, tempt
  • (noun): A power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc.
    Example: "Used her parents' influence to get the job"

Famous quotes containing the word influence:

    Under the influence of fear, which always leads men to take a pessimistic view of things, they magnified their enemies’ resources, and minimized their own.
    Titus Livius (Livy)

    A husband who submits to his wife’s yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman’s influence ought to be entirely concealed.
    Honoré De Balzac (1799–1850)

    I think of consciousness as a bottomless lake, whose waters seem transparent, yet into which we can clearly see but a little way. But in this water there are countless objects at different depths; and certain influences will give certain kinds of those objects an upward influence which may be intense enough and continue long enough to bring them into the upper visible layer. After the impulse ceases they commence to sink downwards.
    Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914)