mechanical advantage

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mechanical advantage (plural mechanical advantages)

  1. The ratio of the output force produced by a machine (especially a simple machine) to the applied input force.
    • 1822 the mechanical advantage of the wedge may be ascertained by comparing its perpendicular elevation with its base - Practical Education - Maria Edgeworth, Richard Lovell Edgeworth
    • 2005 Mechanical advantage is a ratio of like quantities and therefore has no units - Plumbing Levels 1 & 2: A Practical Guide for Level 2 - Robert Michael Boyce, Arnold Masterman