mega·​watt | \ ˈme-gə-ˌwät How to pronounce megawatt (audio) \

Definition of megawatt

: one million watts

Examples of megawatt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And by 2026, up to 2,500 megawatts of electricity will be generated by offshore wind sources. Washington Post, "Virginia to develop 4 new solar energy projects," 4 Oct. 2019 This can store 15 megawatt-hours (MW-hr) of energy, which is enough to power about 5,000 homes for three hours. The Economist, "Electrical energy can be captured as liquid air," 28 Nov. 2019 Vectren, serving southern Indiana, planned to close more than 700 megawatts of coal and replace it with natural gas, which like coal is a fossil fuel but produces less pollution. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Analysts say new 'coal bailout' could hike customer bills and keep coal plants running," 21 Jan. 2020 That does indeed sound dated compared to the current crop of hypercars, which boast megawatts of hybrid or electric power and gigahertz of processing power to tame it all. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Suction fans, a V12, and manual gears for Gordon Murray’s new car," 20 Dec. 2019 One megawatt of solar energy can supply electricity to 200 to 250 homes for a year. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado regulators fast-tracking rules that may spur spread of community solar projects," 3 Dec. 2019 The projects would be built in waters leased by the federal government to Mayflower Wind last year that can support up to 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Shell, EDP team up to pitch offshore wind farm to Connecticut," 1 Oct. 2019 With a megawatt smile and glowing complexion, Hunt is truly ready for anything. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Martha Hunt Transforms Her Daytime Glow into Night-Out Glam," 4 Sep. 2019 Golden said Massachusetts has made significant strides on advancing renewable energy, citing legislation that requires the state to increase its supply of hydropower from Canada, and that will add up to 3,200 megawatts of offshore wind., "The “100 percent renewables” bill the students support resembles legislation already passed in six other states, including New York and California. But in Massachusetts, a similar bill went nowhere last session and now remains in committee.," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of megawatt

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for megawatt

mega- + watt

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25 Feb 2020

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“Megawatt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce megawatt (audio) \

Medical Definition of megawatt

: one million watts abbreviation MW

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