mega·​watt ˈme-gə-ˌwät How to pronounce megawatt (audio)
: one million watts

Examples of megawatt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 40,000 megawatts of green energy projects have been cleared for construction but are not being built because of issues related to financing or siting, the PJM spokesperson said. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2024 The West’s remaining coal power plants Seattle Colstrip Portland Net summer capacity 2,100 megawatts 1,400 Los Angeles 700 0 Five small-scale industrial power plants are not mapped. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 The company said much of the spending would be on key projects: $530 million for a processing plant expansion, $438 million to construct a 450 megawatt gas and steam power plant with supporting LNG facilities, and $415 million to complete a copper smelter. Yessar Rosendar, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 But a muon collider would require a target that could handle a proton beam with several megawatts of power. Byadrian Cho,, 28 Mar. 2024 The pact calls for 434 megawatts of clean wind and solar energy, storing some of it in batteries. The Arizona Republic, 14 Mar. 2024 Although only a subtle switch up from the piece-y bangs she’s been showcasing recently, the effect of the extra fullness was notable, serving to frame her eyes and cheekbones to perfection and, of course, accentuate that megawatt smile. Georgia Day, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024 If completed, the Campo Wind Project would generate 252 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 70,000 homes. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2024 In June, Corre announced a deal in Germany to provide up to 640 megawatts of electricity, enough to supply about 1.6 million German homes, for up to 125 hours, at about one-tenth the cost of lithium-ion. Amos Zeeberg, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History


mega- + watt

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of megawatt was circa 1900

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“Megawatt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


mega·​watt ˈmeg-ə-ˌwät How to pronounce megawatt (audio)
: one million watts
abbreviation MW

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