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watt

noun \ˈwät\

: a unit for measuring electrical power

Full Definition of WATT

:  the absolute meter-kilogram-second unit of power equal to the work done at the rate of one joule per second or to the power produced by a current of one ampere across a potential difference of one volt :  1746 horsepower

Origin of WATT

James Watt †1819
First Known Use: 1882

Watt

biographical name \ˈwät\

Definition of WATT

James 1736–1819 Scot. inventor
WATT Defined for Kids

watt

noun \ˈwät\

Definition of WATT for Kids

:  a unit for measuring electric power
Medical Dictionary

watt

noun \ˈwät\

Medical Definition of WATT

:  the absolute mks unit of power equal to the work done at the rate of one joule per second or to the power produced by a current of one ampere across a potential difference of one volt :  1746 horsepower

Biographical Note for WATT

Watt, James (1736–1819), British engineer and inventor. Watt's steam engine played a major role in the coming of the Industrial Revolution and came to be used in paper mills, flour mills, cotton mills, iron mills, distilleries, canals, and waterworks. At the end of the 19th century the International Electrical Congress named the watt, the unit of electrical power, in his honor.

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