horsepower

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • From horse and power, the unit originally defined as the amount of power that a horse could provide.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: hô(r)s'pou"ər, IPA(key): /ˈhɔː(r)spaʊə(r)/
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Noun[edit]

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horsepower (plural horsepowers or horsepower)

  1. A non-metric unit of power (symbol hp) with various definitions, for different applications. The most common of them is probably the mechanical horsepower, approximately equal to 745.7 watts.
    • 2012 March 22nd, David Blockley, Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (309), Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780199578696, chapter 2: “The age of gravity – time for work”, page 20:
      In the past, before the widespread adoption of SI units, the work that engines were capable of doing was compared with the work that horses could do – hence the term ‘horsepower’. Various people came up with various equivalencies, but the modern agreed definition is that 1 horsepower is 746 joules per second or 746 watts.
  2. A metric horsepower (symbol often PS from the German abbreviation), approximately equal to 735.5 watts.
  3. Strength
    political horsepower

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