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

Examples of megawatt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, according to Katie Conner of APS, Cool Rewards provided 138 megawatts of load relief during one of the hottest days in Arizona's record-breaking summer. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 Once completed, its 176 turbines are expected to deliver 2,600 megawatts of energy, enough to power over 900,000 homes. Brian Cheung, NBC News, 30 June 2024 Borenstein noted that Tuesday, the peak electricity demand was forecast to be about 33,000 megawatts. Nollyanne Delacruz, The Mercury News, 4 June 2024 The first 70 megawatts should come online by 2026, with the plant fully operational by 2028. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for megawatt 

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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 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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