microwatt

noun

mi·​cro·​watt ˈmī-krō-ˌwät How to pronounce microwatt (audio)
: one millionth of a watt

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Luckily, an average walk generates around 6 microwatts. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 30 Jan. 2019 The current version requires 13 microwatts of power, which could potentially be provided by a voltaic cell—developed by Nadeau—that runs on acidic stomach juices. Megan Molteni, WIRED, 24 May 2018 Luckily, an average walk generates around 6 microwatts. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 30 Jan. 2019 The current version requires 13 microwatts of power, which could potentially be provided by a voltaic cell—developed by Nadeau—that runs on acidic stomach juices. Megan Molteni, WIRED, 24 May 2018 Typically, those applications require only several tens of microwatt-level power for several minutes, but commercial batteries or other energy harvesting technologies are too expensive and over-qualified. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, 8 Aug. 2017 The entire system consumes about 15 kilowatts of power, while the quantum chip itself uses a fraction of a microwatt. Cade Metz, WIRED, 28 Sep. 2015 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microwatt was circa 1909

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“Microwatt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microwatt. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

microwatt

noun
mi·​cro·​watt -ˌwät How to pronounce microwatt (audio)
: one millionth of a watt
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