kilo·​watt | \ ˈki-lə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio) , ˈkē-lə- \

Definition of kilowatt

: 1000 watts

Examples of kilowatt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cap for businesses is set at 21.1 pence per kilowatt-hour for electricity and 7.5 pence for gas, the government confirmed, after Bloomberg News reported the numbers Tuesday. Todd Gillespie,, 21 Sep. 2022 The price of this service is 43 cents per kilowatt hour and 31 cents for members who pay a monthly fee, according to the company's website. Kate S. Petersen, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2022 Californians paid on average about 29 cents per kilowatt hour in June, by far the most in the continental U.S. and twice as much as in neighboring states. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 The company that’s paying spot rates for its power is choosing a cost of about 2 to 3 euro cents per kilowatt-hour over the daytime tariff of as much as 80 cents, chief executive Ilpo Nylander said in an interview on Monday., 5 Sep. 2022 Residential customers in Michigan pay about 18 cents per kilowatt hour, higher than the national average of about 15 cents, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 1 Sep. 2022 This cuts body weight by 10 percent, lowers battery costs by 7 percent per kilowatt-hour, and improves vehicle range. Mark Andrews, WIRED, 29 Aug. 2022 Um, illuminating company, Ohio Edison, and others, and no P’s standard price is currently at 12 cents per kilowatt hour. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2022 Currently, oil is about 30 cents per kilowatt-hour, Tangonan said. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kilowatt

1884, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for kilowatt


kilo·​watt | \ ˈki-lə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio) \

Kids Definition of kilowatt

: a unit of electrical power equal to 1000 watts


kilo·​watt | \ ˈkil-ə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio) \

Medical Definition of kilowatt

: 1000 watts

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