Horsepower

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Power ComparisonPlay
Use 'horsepower' to compare the power of engines, especially in cars, trucks, or machinery. SlideThe tractor has 150 horsepower, making it less powerful than the 200 horsepower combine harvester.
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Historical OriginPlay
Understand that 'horsepower' refers to an old measurement standard, dating back to when horses were essential for work. SlideAn engine's horsepower was once a way to understand its power in terms more familiar to a society used to horses.
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Measure of CapacityPlay
'Horsepower' indicates an engine's capability and potential rather than the power it's currently using. SlideThis generator's 5 horsepower means it can handle bigger loads than a 3 horsepower model.