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[man-pou-er] /ˈmænˌpaʊ ər/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

    The Success Machine Henry Slesar
  • This in the end is still a question of manpower and raw resources.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
British Dictionary definitions for manpower


power supplied by men
a unit of power based on the rate at which a man can work; approximately 75 watts
the number of people available or required to perform a particular function: the manpower of a battalion
Usage note
Gender-neutral form: personnel, staff
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for manpower

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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