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horsepower

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noun horse·pow·er \ˈhȯrs-ˌpau̇(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of horsepower

  • : a unit used to measure the power of engines

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of horsepower

  1. 1 :  the power that a horse exerts in pulling

  2. 2 :  a unit of power equal in the United States to 746 watts and nearly equivalent to the English gravitational unit of the same name that equals 550 foot-pounds of work per second

  3. 3 :  effective power <intellectual horsepower> <computing horsepower>

Examples of horsepower in a sentence

  1. an engine with 200 horsepower

  2. <that architectural firm probably doesn't have the creative horsepower to produce a truly innovative design>



1806

First Known Use of horsepower

1806


HORSEPOWER Defined for Kids

horsepower

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noun horse·pow·er \ˈhȯrs-ˌpau̇-ər\

Definition of horsepower for Students

  1. :  a unit of power that equals the work done in lifting 550 pounds one foot in one second





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