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02:44 Jan 21, 2008
Japanese to English translations [PRO] Science - Physics / and mechanical engineering
Japanese term or phrase:動力
It is a rather basic term, but I just can't think of a good English expression. It is power, but I am looking for an expression specifically for that of a motion. Maybe motive power or motive energy, but they don't sound like natural English to me. Does mechanical power work?
Yes, it might be necessary to differentiate by always using "electrical power" and "mechanical power" throughout the entire document whenever there could be doubt about which one you are referring. I might call it "driving power" or "propulsion power."
"Power" is what I have at this time, but a problem is that it is confusing with electric power. In the first example, it would read like there is an implied generator connected to the turbine which generates power (in this case, electric). But what the Japanese is saying here is specifically mechanical or kinetoc power. Does "mechanical power" or kinetic power" sound fine? Any other suggestions?
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Explanation: ...As in "the engine powers the car forward"
Kurt Hammond United States Local time: 16:05 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 4
Thank you, Kurt.
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