amperage

noun
am·​per·​age | \ ˈam-p(ə-)rij How to pronounce amperage (audio) , -ˌpir-ij \
plural amperages

Definition of amperage

1 : the strength of a current of electricity expressed in amperes
2 : level of excitement or energy The famed animator … ups the amperage by kicking the visuals into the unpredictable world of the teenage subconscious.Entertainment Weekly If his prospects appeared to be dim, his intellectual life took on a new amperage. He seized his London days with manic energy.— John Lahr

Examples of amperage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To calculate watts, multiply voltage (usually 120 volts) by the amps (amperage) required to run the appliance (usually found on a tag attached to the appliance). Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Portable Generators to Keep Your Home Running," 9 Dec. 2020 Yes, the Craftsman’s motor is a bit smaller than the Skil in terms of its amperage, but the cutting performance between the two tools is negligible. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Circular Saws for Today’s Building Boom," 7 Dec. 2020 The main reason for this is an amperage limit: My inverter can handle only 23 amps of draw. Christopher Null, Wired, "Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid," 12 Nov. 2020 Its voltage controller also transfers a consistent stream of energy to your device, and a digital ammeter provides information about amperage for charging speed. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 6 Best Solar Chargers for Your Wildest Adventures," 2 July 2020 The first is the voltage, and the second is amperage, or amp-hours. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Cordless Chainsaw," 8 Apr. 2020 If the fuse is burned out, replace it with a new one of the same amperage. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Hang Christmas Lights," 24 Oct. 2019 The actual amperage is determined by the load (i.e., the iPad or iPhone). Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Can You Use the Same Power Adapter for iPhone and iPad?," 27 Feb. 2018 But the amperage rating is only a measure of the charger’s maximum capability. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "Can You Use the Same Power Adapter for iPhone and iPad?," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of amperage

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Amperage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amperage. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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amperage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of amperage

technical : the strength of a current of electricity expressed in amperes

amperage

noun
am·​per·​age | \ ˈam-p(ə-)rij How to pronounce amperage (audio) , -ˌpi(ə)r-ij How to pronounce amperage (audio) \

Medical Definition of amperage

: the strength of a current of electricity expressed in amperes

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