joule

noun
\ˈjül also nonstandard ˈjau̇(-ə)l \

Definition of joule 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a unit of work or energy equal to the work done by a force of one newton acting through a distance of one meter

Joule

biographical name
\ˈjül \

Definition of Joule (Entry 2 of 2)

James Prescott 1818–1889 English physicist

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Bridge crossers could generate about 170 million joules per day, which could run 65 laptops or more than 600 tablets for a day, keep a desktop computer running for three weeks straight or fully charge 5,000 smartphones. Terry Gardner, latimes.com, "How travelers to California's most popular landmarks could create electricity while they walk," 20 Mar. 2018 Most visitors average about 7,400 steps, which could generate 308 million joules per day — enough to power three lawnmowers to run 24 hours a day. Terry Gardner, latimes.com, "How travelers to California's most popular landmarks could create electricity while they walk," 20 Mar. 2018 Across the full cycle, the yarn could generate more than 40 joules of energy, although it was distributed unevenly, as the stretching and relaxation created a sine wave of alternating current. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Carbon nanotube “yarn” generates electricity when stretched," 24 Aug. 2017 Yes, the years, the joules, every galvanizing essence, is ultimately limited. Alan Burdick, The New Yorker, "If Donald Trump Were Actually a Battery," 18 May 2017 The billion billionth time that Twitter is refreshed, the bird will return to her original form and ascend to the sky, borne aloft by a billion billion joules of subtweets. Sara Lautman, The New Yorker, "Social-Media Creation Myths," 25 May 2017 Baseball-sized hail could have an impact energy of over 100 Joules. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Big Hail Is Bad," 8 May 2012

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First Known Use of joule

Noun

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for joule

Noun

James P. Joule

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joule

noun

English Language Learners Definition of joule

physics : a unit of work or energy

joule

noun
\ˈjü(ə)l \

Medical Definition of joule 

: a unit of work or energy equal to the work done by a force of one newton acting through a distance of one meter

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