horsepower

noun horse·pow·er \ ˈhȯrs-ˌpau̇(-ə)r \

Definition of horsepower

1 :the power that a horse exerts in pulling
2 :a unit of power equal in the U.S. 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 :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

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First Known Use of horsepower

1806


HORSEPOWER Defined for English Language Learners

horsepower

noun

Definition of horsepower for English Language Learners

  • : a unit used to measure the power of engines


HORSEPOWER Defined for Kids

horsepower

noun horse·pow·er \ ˈhȯrs-ˌpau̇-ər \

Definition of horsepower for Students

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


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