manpower

[ man-pou-er ]
/ ˈmænˌpaʊ ər /

noun

power in terms of people available or required for work or military service: the manpower of a country.

Nearby words

  1. manorial system,
  2. manorialism,
  3. manorialize,
  4. manoscopy,
  5. manpanzee,
  6. manpower planning,
  7. manpower services commission,
  8. manque,
  9. manqué,
  10. manresa

Origin of manpower

First recorded in 1860–65; man1 + power

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British Dictionary definitions for manpower

manpower

/ (ˈmænˌpaʊə) /

noun

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 functionthe manpower of a battalion

usage

Gender-neutral form: personnel, staff

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Word Origin and History for manpower

manpower

n.

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

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