joule: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: ( jl, joul), [key]
  1. the SI unit of work or energy, equal to the work done by a force of one newton when its point of application moves through a distance of one meter in the direction of the force: equivalent to 10 ergs and one watt-second. Abbr.: J, j Also called


Pronunciation: ( jl, joul), [key]
  1. 1818–89, English physicist.
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