Cars & Driving
- noun the horsepower (or kilowatt) power output of an engine
- A rated or named value stating the power that a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system can produce, consume, dissipate, or otherwise safely handle, when used in a given manner. For instance, the nominal power of a speaker may indicate the RMS power that can be delivered to a dynamic speaker for extended periods, without harming the voice coil or other components. The actual value, or interval of values, may not coincide with this number. Also called nominal power, or nominal power rating.
- The maximum power a component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, or system can handle safely.