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 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 In preparation, an electrical engineer reduced the voltage from 2,640 to 1,750 and raised the amperage from 5 to 7. Travis Loller, The Seattle Times, "Electric chair builder worried Tennessee execution will fail," 31 Oct. 2018 The meter measures voltage and amperage (current) in alternating-current and direct-current modes. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Best New Tool: Klein Tools' Do-It-All Electrical Clamp Meter," 8 Jan. 2016 Voltage pushes the electricity through the wires while amperage is a measure of how much electricity is flowing. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "When jump-starting a car, does it help to rev the engine?," 18 Mar. 2018 Increasing the engine speed on the donor vehicle makes sure enough amperage (current) flows to the weak battery. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "When jump-starting a car, does it help to rev the engine?," 18 Mar. 2018 Cheok says that the team are experimenting using different combinations of heat and amperage. Robert Chalmers, Newsweek, "Digitising Smell: The Third Sense Is Coming to Your Phone," 11 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of amperage

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Amperage.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amperage. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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amperage

noun
How to pronounce amperage (audio)

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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