noun Physics.
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

1875–80; pound2 + -al2

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poundal (ˈpaʊndəl)
pdl 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 × 104 dynes
[C19: from pound² + quintal]

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