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 Specifically, customers will pay about 10 cents per kilowatt hour on off-peak times and close to 15 cents per kwh during peak times, ending up at a rough 50% increase. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 8 June 2021 Texans entertained the possibility of paying a few extra cents per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Because of the low cost of their materials, grid-scale zinc-air batteries could cost $100 per kilowatt-hour, less than half the cost of today’s cheapest lithium-ion versions. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 27 May 2021 This compares to 13 cents per kilowatt hour in the United States. Daniel Markind, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 When a system produces more electricity than a customer uses over a 12-month period, the alliance will set a compensation rate of 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 May 2021 The county will pay $1 per kilowatt-hour for the solar power over the next 25 years, lower than a standard rate from Baltimore Gas & Electric. Taylor Deville,, 21 Apr. 2021 Drivers are assessed a fee of 22 cents per kilowatt hour., 13 Apr. 2021 In 2019, the most recent year for which data are available, electricity in Connecticut cost about 18.7 cents a kilowatt hour, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Stephen Singer,, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of kilowatt

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kilowatt

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The first known use of kilowatt was in 1884

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9 Jun 2021

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“Kilowatt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kilowatt

: a unit of electrical power equal to 1,000 watts


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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