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manpower

[man-pou-er]
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noun
  1. power in terms of people available or required for work or military service: the manpower of a country.
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Origin of manpower

First recorded in 1860–65; man1 + power
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Historical Examples

  • There were bolts and rings for the lines when the gun had to be moved by manpower in the field.

  • Communities started to compete for resources (manpower included).

  • Manpower was what finally broke Invader, improbable as it seems.

  • They take the orders, designate raw materials, equipment, manpower.

  • This in the end is still a question of manpower and raw resources.

    Greylorn

    John Keith Laumer


British Dictionary definitions for manpower

manpower

noun
  1. power supplied by men
  2. a unit of power based on the rate at which a man can work; approximately 75 watts
  3. the number of people available or required to perform a particular functionthe manpower of a battalion
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usage

Gender-neutral form: personnel, staff
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Word Origin and History for manpower

n.

1855, from man (n.) + power (n.). Proposed in 1824 as a specific unit of measure of power.

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