watt·​age | \ ˈwä-tij How to pronounce wattage (audio) \

Definition of wattage

1 : amount of power expressed in watts
2 : dynamic or mental energy or appeal the celebrity's high wattage

Examples of wattage in a Sentence

Use a bulb with low wattage.
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First Known Use of wattage

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wattage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wattage. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wattage

: the amount of electrical power measured in watts that something (such as a light bulb) uses


watt·​age | \ ˈwät-ij How to pronounce wattage (audio) \

Medical Definition of wattage

: amount of power expressed in watts

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