1. the power supplied by human physical exertions: an ancient building constructed entirely by man power. 2. a unit of power, assumed to be equal to the rate at which a person can do mechanical work, and commonly taken as 1/10 horsepower.
3. rate of work in terms of this unit.
Pronunciation: (man'pou"ur),[key] —n. power in terms of people available or required for work or military service: the manpower of a country.