mechanical advantage
noun Date: 1852 the advantage gained by the use of a mechanism in transmitting force; specifically the ratio of the force that performs the useful work of a machine to the force that is applied to the machine

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Mechanical advantage — is a measure of the force amplification achieved by using a tool, mechanical device or machine system. Ideally, the device preserves the input power and simply trades off forces against movement to obtain a desired amplification in the output… …   Wikipedia

  • mechanical advantage — n. the ratio of the output force of a device that performs useful work to the input force: used in rating the performance of a machine …   English World dictionary

  • mechanical advantage — Mech. the ratio of output force to the input force applied to a mechanism. [1890 95] * * * Force amplifying effectiveness of a simple machine (lever, wedge, wheel and axle, pulley, or screw). The theoretical mechanical advantage of a system is… …   Universalium

  • mechanical advantage — noun the ratio of the output force produced by a machine (especially a simple machine) to the applied input force Syn: leverage …   Wiktionary

  • mechanical advantage — noun the ratio of the force produced by a machine to the force applied to it …   English new terms dictionary

  • mechanical advantage — mechan′ical advan′tage n. mec the ratio of output force to the input force applied to a mechanism • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • mechanical advantage — /məˌkænɪkəl ədˈvæntɪdʒ/ (say muh.kanikuhl uhd vantij) noun the ratio of the force performing the work done by a mechanism to the input force …   Australian English dictionary

  • mechanical advantage — noun the ratio of the force exerted by a machine to the force applied to it • Hypernyms: ↑ratio …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mechanical advantage device — Beam balanced around a fulcrum A simple machine that exhibit mechanical advantage is called a mechanical advantage device e.g.: Lever: The beam shown is in static equilibrium around the fulcrum. This is due to the moment created by vector force A …   Wikipedia

  • Mechanical efficiency — measures the effectiveness of a machine in transforming the energy and power that is input to the device into an output force and movement. Efficiency is measured as a ratio of the measured performance to the performance of an ideal machine, The… …   Wikipedia

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