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mechanical advantage

noun, Mechanics.
the ratio of output force to the input force applied to a mechanism.
Origin of mechanical advantage
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is the moveable pulley only, which gives any mechanical advantage.

  • This is therefore the mechanical advantage of the wheel and axle.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • What mechanical advantage in number of revolutions does it give?

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • Wheel and Axle and Pulley; common applications, mechanical advantage.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • The mechanical advantage can be worked out mathematically,—a good problem for the physics or mathematics class.

  • It has the start of all other languages—the mechanical advantage—the position.

    Anticipations Herbert George Wells
  • Hence the mechanical advantage of a lever is easily found by finding the ratio of the effort arm to the weight arm.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • In a similar way, the mechanical advantage of any machine is found by finding the ratio of the resistance or weight to the effort.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • By shifting the bolt into the centre nearest the pump-rod, the mechanical advantage of the workman may be doubled.

  • It seems a mechanical advantage, and great benefit it is to each speaker, as he can now paint out his thought to himself.

British Dictionary definitions for mechanical advantage

mechanical advantage

the ratio of the working force exerted by a mechanism to the applied effort
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mechanical advantage in Science
mechanical advantage
The ratio of the output force (acting on a load) produced by a machine to the applied effort (the input force). See also efficiency.
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