Definition of foot-pound in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌfo͝otˈpound/


1A unit of energy equal to the amount required to raise 1 pound a distance of 1 foot.
Example sentences
  • Air pistols are limited by law to a kinetic energy level of six foot-pounds (ft/lbs).
  • The most practical measurement for us is free recoil energy in foot-pounds.
  • It is not necessary to hold a certificate for an air rifle which can produce a kinetic energy of less than 12 foot-pounds.
2A unit of torque equal to the force of 1 lb acting perpendicularly to an axis of rotation at a distance of 1 foot.
Example sentences
  • The engine was at 850 foot-pounds of torque, too high to land.
  • It offers a 30-hp, 12,000-rpm spindle with 123 foot-pounds of torque.
  • A 2.2-litre in-line four is the base engine, offering 145 horsepower and 155 foot-pounds of torque.

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Syllabification: foot-pound

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