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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Jordan, wearing a smile that matched the ultraviolet wattage of the sun along the Mexican border, treasured family and fun. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego State women’s basketball player loses family member in El Paso shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 And the show’s already high-wattage star power added voltage with the addition of multiple Oscar winner Streep as Mary Louise. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "‘Big Little Lies’ cast wants Season 2 to encourage women to unite and ‘make mistakes together’," 7 June 2019 An international ad campaign with celebrity wattage? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Italy’s Must-Have New Bag Line Debuts a Nan Goldin Collaboration," 20 Sep. 2018 The surest source of star wattage will be found on the U.S. bench, with Warriors Coach Steve Kerr and Villanova’s Jay Wright enlisted as assistants to Popovich alongside Atlanta Coach Lloyd Pierce. Marc Stein, New York Times, "U.S.A. Basketball Asks for Focus to Be on Who Is Here, Not Who Isn’t," 2 Aug. 2019 Though the teenagers of Brooklyn Youth Chorus have been collaborating with some of the biggest names in music — Thom Yorke, John Legend, and Barbra Streisand, to name a few — they have not been daunted by the star wattage. Steven Edelstone, New York Times, "Why Beyoncé Is a Fan of These Teenage Singers From Brooklyn," 19 July 2019 James’s high-wattage team-ups throughout his career—with Dwyane Wade in Miami and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland—have suffered through early difficulties before hitting their strides. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Anthony Davis and LeBron James Are Uniquely Suited to Win," 17 June 2019 Although both CPUs pack four-cores with symmetrical multi-threading (AMD’s version Hyper-Threading), the key change between the two is the higher wattage. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Acer's latest laptops go all-AMD with Ryzen and Radeon inside," 23 May 2019 So when downpours are on the horizon, make like Jenner by coating your hair in gel, smoothing it back taut, and turning up the wattage with equally beaming skin. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Sports the Ultimate Rain-Ready Updo in New York City," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of wattage

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wattage was in 1903

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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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