One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A unit of power used chiefly in France, equal to the power required to displace a force of 100 kilogram-force through 1 m in 1 second (approx. 981 watts).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From French poncelet; now apparently disused) from the name of J. V. Poncelet, French mathematician.
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