Definition of foot-pound in US English:



  • 1A unit of energy equal to the amount required to raise 1 pound a distance of 1 foot.

    • ‘There are also standards for the amount of foot-pounds that can be used to pull cable, as well as correct ways to pull cables through wall penetrations that keep cables from being damaged.’
    • ‘The crew chief, Wayne Ridley explained it has 693 horsepower with 657 foot-pounds of torque, which it holds from 5,200 to 8,000 rpm.’
    • ‘The ammunition, featuring Speer's 170-grain, flat-nose, soft-point bullet, produces 2,000 feet-per-second of muzzle velocity and 1.510 foot-pounds of energy.’
    • ‘The 8100 gas motor strikes 325 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and reaches optimum torque of 450 foot-pounds at 2,800 rpm.’
    • ‘There are no ergs, joules, electron-volts, calories, or foot-pounds of New Age energy.’
    • ‘The standard XC is powered by a 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder engine pumping out 208 horsepower and 236 foot-pounds of torque.’
    • ‘The most practical measurement for us is free recoil energy in foot-pounds.’
    • ‘The engine was at 850 foot-pounds of torque, too high to land.’
    • ‘Nominal velocity in feet per second and muzzle energy in foot-pounds are drawn from the amino-makers' catalogs and from the pages of Bob Forker's excellent text, ‘Ammo and Ballistics.’’
    • ‘It is not necessary to hold a certificate for an air rifle which can produce a kinetic energy of less than 12 foot-pounds.’
    • ‘In another case, there is a typo that got through in the third edition of the same book that says to tighten the crank bolt to 300 foot-pounds, rather than 300 inch-pounds!’
    • ‘As much as 250,000 foot-pounds of torque and 120 tons of extraction force are used to screw in and withdraw the auger.’
    • ‘A 1.6-litre in-line-four is the only engine choice, offering 105 horsepower and 107 foot-pounds of torque, and coupled to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.’
    • ‘The ‘drop’ is based on the prisoners weight, (tables were developed in England during the 1800's) to deliver 1260 foot-pounds of force to the neck.’
    • ‘Realizing we were only a couple of miles south of the airport and at 5,000 feet, I reduced power to 200 foot-pounds, lowered the gear, and slowed to 100 knots.’
    • ‘Excavator-driven hammer prices usually reflect power output measured in foot-pounds.’
    • ‘It spits up to 440 grains of .50 caliber lead at 1,600 foot pounds to generate almost 2,600 foot-pounds of energy.’
    • ‘The spindles are driven by cone drive gear boxes through universal joints capable of up to 6,000 foot-pounds per spindle.’
    • ‘While both may exert the same amount of total energy measured in foot-pounds, the rapid transfer of the punch is far more devastating.’
    • ‘The 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine generates 76 horsepower and 82 foot-pounds of torque, while the permanent-magnet, electric-drive motor is good for an additional 67 hp. and 295 ft.-lb. of torque.’
    • ‘Air pistols are limited by law to a kinetic energy level of six foot-pounds (ft/lbs).’
    • ‘Weighing anywhere from 50 to 75 grains (or a mere one-eighth of an ounce) and traveling anywhere from 2800 to 3800 feet per second, it strikes with up to 1400 foot-pounds of kinetic energy.’
    • ‘A 2.2-litre in-line four is the base engine, offering 145 horsepower and 155 foot-pounds of torque.’
  • 2A unit of torque equal to the force of 1 lb acting perpendicularly to an axis of rotation at a distance of 1 foot.

    • ‘I took the controls and turned toward the Fairhope airport, setting 850 foot-pounds of torque.’
    • ‘For the technically minded, that engine generates 520 foot-pounds of torque at 4000 rpms.’
    • ‘It offers a 30-hp, 12,000-rpm spindle with 123 foot-pounds of torque.’
    • ‘A 2.2-litre in-line four is the base engine, offering 145 horsepower and 155 foot-pounds of torque.’
    • ‘The engine was at 850 foot-pounds of torque, too high to land.’