a foot-pound-second unit of work or energy, equal to the work done by a force of one pound when its point of application moves through a distance of one foot in the direction of the force. Abbreviation: ft-lb
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The British measure of energy is the foot-pound; the metric measure is the kilogrammetre.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine | Robert H. Thurston
This A-G ship also must supply energy, foot-pound for foot-pound, for every foot it raises the vehicle.The Secret of the Ninth Planet | Donald Allen Wollheim
Although this difference is small, yet the former value would have reduced his result about 0.7 of a foot pound.
This in scientific works is usually referred to as the foot-pound.Perpetual Motion | Percy Verance
The foot-pound is the unit of measurement employed in the study of work.The Gospel Of Evolution | Edward Aveling
British Dictionary definitions for foot-pound
an fps unit of work or energy equal to the work done when a force of 1 pound moves through a distance of 1 foot: Abbreviation: ft-lb
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Scientific definitions for foot-pound
A unit of work equal to the work or energy needed to lift a one-pound weight a distance of one foot against the force of the Earth's gravity. One foot pound is equivalent to 1.3558 joules.
A unit of torque equal to a pound of force acting perpendicularly to an axis of rotation at a distance of one foot. Also called pound-foot
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