mega·​watt | \ ˈme-gə-ˌwät \

Definition of megawatt

: one million watts

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In tandem with a flash of bare leg revealed by a sleek thigh-high split, Curtis’s megawatt, Khaleesi-rivaling color transformation already has Twitter buzzing. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At 60, Jamie Lee Curtis Turns Shocking White Everything Into the Ultimate Red Carpet Move," 7 Jan. 2019 Roberts, 51, has long been a beauty pioneer as well: That megawatt smile; those effortless curls; and, of course, her all-natural philosophy on body hair that has been turning heads since the ‘90s. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Julia Roberts Just Proved Why 50 Is the New 30," 3 Dec. 2018 Ukraine had about 170 megawatts of solar power installed in Crimea before the annexation, and has since been forced to buy natural gas from Russia to compensate. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Chernobyl Has a New Power Plant, But This Time It's Solar," 9 Oct. 2018 Of those, nearly 160,000 are household customers; one of the 74.5 megawatt plants could light as many as 15,000 homes. Kevin Spear,, "OUC solar power sized for new era," 22 Jan. 2018 The are currently more than 28,000 megawatts of solar projects planned for the territory covered by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which covers 90 percent of Texas. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "Canadian company plans to build largest solar farm in Texas," 3 July 2018 One megawatt can power 200 Texas homes in the heat of summer. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "Virginia company to build $1.2 billion Panhandle wind farm," 13 July 2018 One megawatt can power 200 Texas homes in the summer. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas’ largest solar farm will soon get a big battery," 26 June 2018 No county taxpayer money will go toward the project, officials said The solar farm would produce up to 25 megawatts of power, which is enough to power up to 3,500 homes, Bluemer said. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "Will County moves forward with talks for solar facility at landfill," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of megawatt

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of megawatt

: a unit of electrical power equal to one million watts


mega·​watt | \ ˈmeg-ə-ˌwät \

Medical Definition of megawatt

: one million watts abbreviation MW

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to gather or build up little by little

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