figure of merit

noun

aeronautics a measure of the efficiency of a helicopter in hover
electrical engineering a measure of the efficiency of a component, such as a circuit

Nearby words

  1. figure and ground,
  2. figure eight,
  3. figure eight suture,
  4. figure in,
  5. figure of eight,
  6. figure of speech,
  7. figure on,
  8. figure out,
  9. figure skate,
  10. figure skating

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