What does horsepower mean?

Definitions for horsepowerˈhɔrsˌpaʊ ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. horsepower, HP, H.P.(noun)

    a unit of power equal to 746 watts


  1. horsepower(Noun)

    A non-metric unit of power (symbol hp) with various definitions, for different applications. The most common of them is probably the mechanical horsepower, approximately equal to 745.7 watts.

  2. horsepower(Noun)

    A metric horsepower (symbol often PS from the German abbreviation), approximately equal to 735.5 watts.

  3. horsepower(Noun)


    political horsepower

  4. Origin: * From horse and power, the unit originally defined as the amount of power that a horse could provide.


  1. Horsepower

    Horsepower is the name of several units of measurement of power, the rate at which work is done. The most common conversion factor, especially for electrical power, is 1 hp = 746 watts. The term was adopted in the late 18th century by Scottish engineer James Watt to compare the output of steam engines with the power of draft horses. It was later expanded to include the output power of other types of piston engines, as well as turbines, electric motors and other machinery. The definition of the unit varied between geographical regions. Most countries now use the SI unit watt for measurement of power. With the implementation of the EU Directive 80/181/EEC on January 1, 2010, the use of horsepower in the EU is only permitted as supplementary unit.

Editors Contribution

  1. horsepower

    Is a word used to define a variety of specific measurement or unit of power.

    Horsepower is used in a variety of ways e.g. to define the output of power of a car engine, the output of a wind turbine and various other forms of power.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of horsepower in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of horsepower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Richard Kim:

    This is 100% sustainable, electric, non-polluting vehicle, and it can be as dynamic as 1,000 horsepower.

  2. Sian Beilock:

    So being able to do complex thinking and reasoning in our profession is one way to continually flex our cognitive horsepower or brain power.

  3. Kyle Larson:

    I don't know if it's a horsepower thing, or whatever, but, we're getting quicker and quicker every week. We just need to find bigger gains to getting more speed.

  4. Richard Kim:

    You don't have to sacrifice anything for being sustainable, this is 100% sustainable, electric, non-polluting vehicle, and it can be as dynamic as 1,000 horsepower.

  5. Scott Guitard:

    It's basically risk-on today globally, overnight, investors have put on their analyst cap and determined that the grander (ECB) stimulus program may have enough horsepower to get things moving in Europe.

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