Definition of Mechanical advantage

1. Noun. The ratio of the force exerted by a machine to the force applied to it.

Generic synonyms: Ratio



Definition of Mechanical advantage

1. Noun. The ratio of the output force produced by a machine (especially a simple machine) to the applied input force. ¹

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Literary usage of Mechanical advantage

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1. Mechanics: A Textbook for Engineers by James Ellsworth Boyd (1921)
"The ratio of the force exerted by a machine to the force applied to it is called the mechanical advantage of the machine. The efficiency of a machine is ..."

2. Mechanical Laboratory Methods: The Testing of Instruments and Machines in by Julian Chase Smallwood (1922)
"The Ideal mechanical advantage is the ratio of a distance moved through by the driving chain to the corresponding distance moved through by the following ..."

3. An Introduction to Natural Philosophy: Designed as a Text Book, for the Use by Denison Olmsted (1854)
"Hence, in the wheel, there is a mechanical advantage gained in overcoming the ... Now, the mechanical advantage gained, will be in the ratio of MA to NA. ..."

4. The Steam-engine and Other Heat-engines by James Alfred Ewing (1910)
"mechanical advantage of Compound Expansion. Uniformity of Effort in a Compound Engine. A simple engine using high-pressure steam with an early cut-off has ..."

5. A Treatise on Analytical Statics: With Numerous Examples by Edward John Routh (1896)
"mechanical advantage. In the simplest cases they are usually considered as ... The ratio of the weight to the power is called the mechanical advantage of ..."

6. An Elementary Treatise on Analytic Mechanics by Edward Albert Bowser (1884)
"mechanical advantage.—(1) Let P and W be the power and weight, and p and w their virtual velocities respectively; and let friction be omitted. ..."

7. Physics by Charles Riborg Mann, George Ransom Twiss (1910)
"(a) The mechanical advantage of the inclined plane when the effort acts along the plane is equal to —. Height (b) The mechanical advantage of the wheel and ..."

8. Shop Mathematics by Earle Bertram Norris, Kenneth Gardner Smith, Ralph Thurman Craigo (1912)
"mechanical advantage.—The ratio of the weight to the force is often called ... 42, the mechanical advantage is 15 and consequently the necessary force is ..."

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