poundal

[poun-dl]
noun Physics.
  1. the foot-pound-second unit of force, equal to the force that produces an acceleration of one foot per second per second on a mass of one pound. Abbreviation: pdl

Origin of poundal

First recorded in 1875–80; pound2 + -al2
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British Dictionary definitions for poundal

poundal

noun
  1. the fps unit of force; the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 foot per second per second to a mass of 1 pound. 1 poundal is equivalent to 0.1382 newton or 1.382 × 10 4 dynesAbbreviation: pdl

Word Origin for poundal

C19: from pound ² + quintal
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