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manpower (n.)

also man-power, 1855, "the power of a man in work," from man (n.) + power (n.). Proposed in 1824 as a specific unit of measure of power. From 1917 as "the number of persons available for some purpose."

updated on November 17, 2018

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Definitions of manpower from WordNet

manpower (n.)
the force of workers available;
Synonyms: work force / workforce / hands / men
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