mechanical advantage

noun Mechanics.
the ratio of output force to the input force applied to a mechanism.

Origin:
1890–95

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

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mechanical advantage   (mĭ-kān'ĭ-kəl)  Pronunciation Key 
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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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.
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