- the power supplied by human physical exertions: an ancient building constructed entirely by man power.
- a unit of power, assumed to be equal to the rate at which a person can do mechanical work, and commonly taken as 1/10 (0.1) horsepower.
- rate of work in terms of this unit.
Origin of man power
First recorded in 1860–65
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