the ratio of output force to the input force applied to a mechanism.
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Origin of mechanical advantage
First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for mechanical advantage
the ratio of the working force exerted by a mechanism to the applied effort
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Science definitions for mechanical advantage
[ mĭ-kăn′ĭ-kəl ]
The ratio of the output force (acting on a load) produced by a machine to the applied effort (the input force). See also efficiency.
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