mechanical advantage


Definition of mechanical advantage

: the advantage gained by the use of a mechanism in transmitting force specifically : the ratio of the force that performs the useful work of a machine to the force that is applied to the machine

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Recent Examples on the Web Look for a gambrel with an integrated block and tackle to give a mechanical advantage when lifting heavy game. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Tools You Need to Process Game Meat," 3 Jan. 2020 Climbing stands use a mechanical advantage to allow a hunter to ascend a tree trunk to virtually any height. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Select a Treestand that’s Right for You," 10 Sep. 2019 The Chef’n Fresh Force citrus juicer uses mechanical advantage to squeeze more juice from lemons and limes, faster, and spares hands from getting messy in the process. Elaheh Nozari, Bon Appetit, "Which Citrus Squeezer Is Best? The Argument That's Tearing Us Apart," 21 Feb. 2018 The mechanical advantage of the gear differentials made raising my beams as easy as tugging on the chain with two fingers. Logan Ward, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Treehouse in the Backyard," 20 Mar. 2017 Staying power, not super-strength EksoVest is an unpowered device that leverages mechanical advantage to assist raising a wearer's arms. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Exoskeletons won’t turn assembly line workers into Iron Man," 20 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of mechanical advantage

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Mechanical advantage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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