Definition of Poundal

1. Noun. A unit of force equal to the force that imparts an acceleration of 1 foot/sec/sec to a mass of 1 pound; equal to 0.1382 newtons.

Exact synonyms: Pdl
Generic synonyms: Force Unit

Definition of Poundal

1. n. A unit of force based upon the pound, foot, and second, being the force which, acting on a pound avoirdupois for one second, causes it to acquire by the of that time a velocity of one foot per second. It is about equal to the weight of half an ounce, and is 13,825 dynes.

Definition of Poundal

1. Noun. (dated) (physics) A unit equal to the force needed to accelerate a mass of one pound at a rate of one foot per second per second. ¹

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Definition of Poundal

1. a unit of force [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Poundal

pound for pound
pound net
pound of flesh
pound off
pound sand
pound shop
pound sign
pound signs
pound sterling
pound the pavement
pound the table
pound up
poundal (current term)

Literary usage of Poundal

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1. Elements of Mechanics: With Numerous Examples for the Use of Schools and by George W. Parker (1921)
"The poundal is an absolute unit of force, by which is meant that this unit so defined is the ... Connexion between the poundal and the weight of a Pound. ..."

2. Elements of Physics by Fernando Sanford (1902)
"The unit of force in the English system of weights and measures is the poundal. It is defined as the force which would give to a mass of one pound an ..."

3. Hand-books of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy by Dionysius Lardner, George Carey Foster (1877)
"The poundal,—The facts explained in the preceding article may be summarised and extended to the centimetre-gramme unit by the following brief statements ..."

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