horsepower

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noun horse·pow·er \ˈhȯrs-ˌpau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of horsepower

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

  2. 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. 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 English Language Learners

horsepower

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noun horse·pow·er \ˈhȯrs-ˌpau̇(-ə)r\

Definition of horsepower for English Language Learners

  • : a unit used to measure the power of engines


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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