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# foot-pound

[foo t-pound] /ˈfʊtˈpaʊnd/
noun, Physics.
1.
a foot-pound-second unit of work or energy, equal to the work done by a force of one pound when its point of application moves through a distance of one foot in the direction of the force.
Abbreviation: ft-lb.
Origin of foot-pound
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50
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• This in scientific works is usually referred to as the foot-pound.

Percy Verance
• The foot-pound is the unit of measurement employed in the study of work.

Edward Aveling
• A foot-pound represents the amount of power required to lift one pound one foot high.

Fred T. Hodgson
• Dynam, dī′nam, n. a unit of work, a foot-pound: the resultant of all the forces acting on a body.

• The British measure of energy is the foot-pound; the metric measure is the kilogrammetre.

Robert H. Thurston
• This A-G ship also must supply energy, foot-pound for foot-pound, for every foot it raises the vehicle.

Donald Allen Wollheim
British Dictionary definitions for foot-pound

## foot-pound

noun
1.
an fps unit of work or energy equal to the work done when a force of 1 pound moves through a distance of 1 foot ft-lb
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foot-pound in Medicine

foot-pound n.
A unit of work equal to the energy expended, or work done, in raising a mass of 1 pound a height of 1 foot against gravity.

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foot-pound in Science
 foot-pound   A unit of work equal to the work or energy needed to lift a one-pound weight a distance of one foot against the force of the Earth's gravity. One foot pound is equivalent to 1.3558 joules.A unit of torque equal to a pound of force acting perpendicularly to an axis of rotation at a distance of one foot. Also called pound-foot.
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