kilowatt

noun

kilo·​watt ˈki-lə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio)
ˈkē-lə-
: 1000 watts

Examples of kilowatt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residential customers will be eligible for a rebate of 60 cents per watt for systems of 10 kilowatts or smaller. Bruce Henderson, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Those ground systems will include a high-power, 5 kilowatt laser transmitter at the Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory at Table Mountain north of JPL. Ramin Skibba, WIRED, 13 Oct. 2023 Stephen Clark/Ars Technica The solar arrays will unfurl and generate 20 kilowatts of power when Psyche is near Earth soon after launch. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2023 The tax would slap a 3-cent levy on each kilowatt hour of electricity sold to a vehicle owner. Max Zahn, ABC News, 16 Jan. 2024 In the distant reaches of the asteroid belt, that will drop to 2 kilowatts. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2023 The Menlo Park, Calif., company, which was founded in 2010 by three Stanford grads, is producing a machine that generates 230 to 430 kilowatts using almost any kind of fuel, including ammonia, hydrogen, biogas, or natural gas. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Dec. 2023 Whereas a kilowatt equals 1000 watts of electrical power, a megawatt is equal to one million watts, which translates to 1341 horsepower. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2023 The new law will change the value of the credit to wholesale rates, which are about 5 cents less per kilowatt hour. Stacy Ryburn, arkansasonline.com, 20 Dec. 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kilowatt was in 1884

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“Kilowatt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kilowatt. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

kilowatt

noun
kilo·​watt ˈkil-ə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio)
: 1000 watts

Medical Definition

kilowatt

noun
kilo·​watt ˈkil-ə-ˌwät How to pronounce kilowatt (audio)
: 1000 watts

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