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mechanical advantage

noun, Mechanics
the ratio of output force to the input force applied to a mechanism.
Origin of mechanical advantage
1890-95 Unabridged
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  • It can also help make other kinds of physical work easier by giving the user a mechanical advantage.
  • The players now can be taller because the clubs compensate and that has moved the mechanical advantage toward more height.
  • The choice of equipment determines mechanical advantage for this sport.
British Dictionary definitions for mechanical advantage

mechanical advantage

the ratio of the working force exerted by a mechanism to the applied effort
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mechanical advantage
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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