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  1. power in terms of people available or required for work or military service: the manpower of a country.

Origin of manpower

First recorded in 1860–65; man1 + power
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  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


Gender-neutral form: personnel, staff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for manpower


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

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