effective horsepower

noun

Definition of effective horsepower

  1. :  the net horsepower required to move a vehicle or boat that is the part of the total propelling engine horsepower that remains after deducting losses due to engine friction and propeller and other inefficiencies

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up effective horsepower? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a brief usually trivial fact

Get Word of the Day daily email!