horsepower 1806, from HORSE (Cf. horse) + POWER (Cf. power); established by Watt as the power needed to lift 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute, which is actually about 1.5 times the power of a strong horse.

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  • horsepower — /hawrs pow euhr/, n. 1. a foot pound second unit of power, equivalent to 550 foot pounds per second, or 745.7 watts. 2. Informal. the capacity to achieve or produce; strength or talent: The university s history faculty is noted for its… …   Universalium

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  • horsepower — noun /ˈhɔː(r)spaʊə(r)/ a) 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. political horsepower b) A… …   Wiktionary

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