[ man-pou-er ]
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  1. power in terms of people available or required for work or military service: the manpower of a country.

Origin of manpower

First recorded in 1860–65; man + power

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Other definitions for man power (2 of 2)

man power

  1. the power supplied by human physical exertions: an ancient building constructed entirely by man power.

  2. 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.

  1. rate of work in terms of this unit.

Origin of man power

First recorded in 1860–65 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for manpower


/ (ˈmænˌpaʊə) /

  1. power supplied by men

  2. a unit of power based on the rate at which a man can work; approximately 75 watts

  1. the number of people available or required to perform a particular function: the manpower of a battalion

usage For manpower

Gender-neutral form: personnel, staff

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